The Economist Intelligence Unit ranks Vancouver as the Most Livable City in the World. The landscape, recreational opportunities, cultural diversity and the world class educational facilities are all contributing factors.
As a result, Metro Vancouver has seen steady population growth and, with a population of more than 2.1 million, is now Canada’s third largest urban area. The growth is driven primarily by immigration, with more than 40 per cent of the population speaking a language other than English at home (Cantonese, Mandarin and Punjabi are the most commonly spoken). At 8.5 per cent, Vancouver has the largest share of mixed race couples of any Canadian city.
31 per cent of working age people in Vancouver have a University degree and 57 per cent have a university or college education, versus the Canadian average of 48 per cent.
Vancouverites are ranked as the wealthiest in the country with a net worth of $572,988. Much of that wealth is driven by housing prices, which have seen a 19-per-cent increase over previous year and now average $763,000.
Vancouverites enjoy an active, healthy lifestyle, with the lowest smoking and obesity rates in all of Canada. The easy access to the outdoors helps promote this lifestyle.
|cross country ski||8%|
|attend BC Lions’ games||15%|
|attend Canucks’ and Giants’ games||34%|
|exercise at home||37%|
|are bike riders||49%|
|exercise at a fitness club||64%|
And they also enjoy just having fun, an evening out, a quiet time in the garden or something more cultured.
|attend museums & art galleries||42%|
|attend live theatre||39%|
|attend rock/pop concerts||29%|
|go to the movies||74%|
|enjoy fine dining||71%|
|attend the symphony||24%|
|attend jazz concerts/festivals||17%|
|go to the ballet||18%|
Source: NADbank 2009