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Surrey Facts

Surrey is one of the fastest growing cities in Canada, and the fastest growing city in Metro Vancouver. We have a population of over 468,000 (2011 census), and welcome approximately 800 new residents each month.

Learn more about settling in Surrey if you're thinking of moving here or need a hand settling in.

Location

We're located 40 minutes from Vancouver, at the crossroads of the Pacific Rim, Greater Vancouver and the USA. Our location provides ideal opportunities for transportation of goods and services worldwide with:

  • Easy and convenient access to Vancouver International Airport
  • Two international border crossings into the U.S.
  • An excellent transportation network including 6 major highways, rail and a deep sea port

History of Surrey

In September 1993, Surrey officially became a city. Since then, we've undergone tremendous change and growth and the overall quality of life has risen to new and impressive heights.

Incorporated in 1879, Surrey has a rich history of diverse ethnic backgrounds that have come together to make Surrey one of British Columbia's most unique communities. Comprised of forests of fir, cedar and hemlock, and basically untouched, the tone of Surrey's future as the City of Parks was set. Logging began, settlement took place, and Surrey started to take shape. As you drive throughout the City, take notice of the heritage markers bearing the names of the early settlers to the area such as Johnston Road, Sullivan Station and Hjorth Road to name a few.

Learn more on the history of Surrey.

Demographics

Over 468,000 (2011 census) people currently live in Surrey. Surrey's population isprojected to increase by an additional 250,000 people in the next 30 years. By 2041, 1 in 5 Metro Vancouver residents will live in Surrey. See the population estimates and projections to see the expected population growth year by year.

Six town centres make up Surrey:

  • Fleetwood
  • Whalley/City Centre (North Surrey)
  • Guildford
  • Newton
  • Cloverdale
  • South Surrey

Surrey has a very diverse community: over 43% of our residents have a first language that is not English. See Surrey's Community Demographic Fact Sheets to see detailed demographic information on Surrey.

Climate

Surrey has the lowest average annual rainfall in the Lower Mainland, at 1050mm or 41in. The average summer temperature is 22C or +72F, while the average winter temperature is 5C or +42F.

Education

Surrey has 99 elementary schools to serve students, including 21 new elementary schools over the last 14 years and 53 new additions. Visit Surrey Schools' website to help choose a school that is right for your family.

25 secondary schools are located throughout Surrey. Choose from Surrey Schools' secondary schools list to find a school in a specific city centre.  In addition, there is one French Public school in Surrey: école Gabrielle-Roy  (6887-132 Street, Surrey), which serves students grades Kindergarten to Grade 12.

There are also 23 independent schools, including religious academies and Montessori schools. Review the Independent School Authorities school contacts for more information.

University students also attend Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Simon Fraser University, which offer a variety of programs.

Newspapers for Surrey residents

  • Cloverdale Reporter serves Cloverdale and communities throughout BC's heritage Clover Valley.
  • The NOW is a source of local news on Surrey, North Delta and White Rock, BC.
  • The Leader covers local events and concerns, and offers classified ads and sports listings.
  • The Peace Arch News gives news on politics, entertainment, sports and more in White Rock and South Surrey.
  • The Vancouver Sun provides the latest breaking news in Vancouver, BC, and around the world.
  • The Province features breaking news in BC, Canada, and around the world.

Transportation

Surrey is located approximately 42 kilometres from the Abbotsford International Airport and 34 kilometres from the Vancouver International Airport. The Boundary Bay Airport is also nearby in Delta, BC.

We encourage all of our residents to try a smarter travel option and do your part to help our environment while getting from place to place.

The Canadian National Railway, Burlington Northern Railway, and Southern Rail of BC rail systems are still active and stretch across Surrey to eastern provinces and southward into the United States. Surrey Fraser Docks, service many deep sea vessels, transporting cargo from around the world, and is considered BC's largest and most active terminal. Public transport connects Surrey's centres to each other as well as to other Lower Mainland cities and municipalities. Skytrain has four stations within Surrey, and reaches Vancouver within 35 minutes.

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