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Local Community Profile: Surrey


The City of Surrey has undergone a dramatic revitalization and continues to develop with the clear vision of playing an integral role in the growth of Metro Vancouver. Surrey was founded as a municipality in 1879 and was named for its likeness to the city of the same name in the United Kingdom. Many people who settled in Surrey chose it for its proximity to New Westminster and Vancouver, making it an ideal home for commuters. Due to this, Surrey began to see a massive increase in its population in the last two decades of the twentieth century and is now the second largest city by population in British Columbia. This increase ensured Surrey was well underway to major development when it officially became a city in 1993. The City of Surrey has worked hard to not only strengthen its reputation among neighbouring cities but also to be a leader in innovation and urban development. It is these factors, and many others, that make Surrey such an exciting and vibrant place to call home.

Community Resources and Recreation

The City of Surrey is focused on building communities and creating opportunity for events and festivals; as such, Surrey is home to many wonderful parks and community centres. The dozens of parks around the city offer unique experiences—from sunbathing at Crescent Beach in South Surrey to walking through the second growth at the Green Timbers urban forest. At the Surrey Municipal Hall, you will find the Surrey Cenotaph, a beautiful monument. Surrey is home to three live theatre venues, ideal for hosting festivals and events, namely the Bell Centre, Chandos Pattison Auditorium, and the Surrey Arts Centre. For a cultural perspective, visit the Surrey Museum or any of the city's nine libraries. The city also offers excellent medical care at Surrey Memorial Hospital, which is also home to a cancer care ward.

Local Access and Public Transportation

The City of Surrey benefits from its convenient location within Metro Vancouver. The city is accessed by Highway #10 and Highway #15, as well as Highway #1, which crosses the Port Mann Bridge and leads into the downtown core. In addition to the Port Mann, drivers also use the Pattulo Bridge, which links Surrey to New Westminster. Many commuters also take advantage of accessing the rest of Metro Vancouver via Highway 99 and the George Massey Tunnel, which is currently slated for structural improvements that will improve the flow of traffic. The city's developments have made Fraser Highway and King George Boulevard major arteries for drivers. The city also benefits from the convenient services of TransLink, with a SkyTrain running from Surrey, through New Westminster and Burnaby, all the way to downtown Vancouver. In addition to the SkyTrain system, TransLink also operates a fleet of buses in the city.

Education: Elementary and Secondary Schools

To educate over 65,000 students, Surrey maintains over 123 public schools (including 99 elementary schools and 19 secondary schools) in the city, making it the largest school district in the province. The city operates using the traditional system of elementary schools (Kindergarten to Grade 7) and secondary schools (Grade 8 to Grade 12); therefore, there are no middle schools in the city. There are also a number of private schools to choose from. Many of Surrey's schools are newly built or have been renovated within the last twenty years, which makes for a safe and healthy environment that is conducive to learning. Surrey's schools service all the students in the six town centres: Fleetwood, Whally, Guildford, Newton, Cloverdale, and South Surrey. Students who go on to post-secondary education can also stay within the city by attending Kwantlen University or Simon Fraser University's Surrey location at the newly built City Centre.

Income Demographics and Local Tax Rates

Surrey has a total population of 468,251 and is a diverse community that celebrates its multiculturalism. According to the 2005 statistics, the average income in Surrey was $32,733. The property tax rate for 2013 was $2.26 per $1,000 of assessed value. If other taxes are accounted for, including road and traffic levy, school and TransLink taxes, the total is $4.60. The annual water rate for 2013 was $677 and the annual rate for sewage services was $483.

Annual Events and Festivals

Every year in May, residents enjoy the Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair on the Cloverdale Fairgrounds. The event is complete with hayrides, rodeo stunts, and fun activities for the whole family. This is followed by massive Canada Day celebrations with highlights including live music and fireworks. Another favourite event is WinterFest held at Central City Plaza, which also includes music, fireworks, sports, and great food. Surrey is also proud to celebrate its multiculturalism and all residents alike look forward to the annual Sikh tradition of Vaisakhi, which shuts down roads for an enormous parade. Families serve free food on the side of the street and you are sure to find a South Asian culinary delight. In this spirit, Surrey is also host to Fusion Fest, a festival to celebrate all of our cultures, which is truly representational of the Canadian spirit. With the objective of putting the city on the map, city organizers have created and maintained many wonderful events, amenities, learning centres, and infrastructure around the city. As the city continues to grow and develop, it will also continue to be a sought after place to live.

Newest Surrey Listings

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10177 177a Street, Surrey

Gorgeous Well kept Home with 8 Bedrooms, 2 Master Bedrooms on top floor with ensuites, Huge Theater (Soundproof) Room, Basement Ceiling and walls Sound Proofed, Designer ...

  • Beds7
  • Baths6.0
  • MLSR2209638
  • Courtesy ofRE/MAX Blueprint Realty

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17424 0b Avenue, Surrey

Custom Built 4bedroom/4bath Executive with Rare 3 Car Garage (inc. Double Tandem) on 5668sq ft Landscaped Lot backing on bonus Green Buffer in Desirable Summerfield. Feat...

  • Beds4
  • Baths4.0
  • MLSR2209407
  • Courtesy ofRE/MAX Colonial Pacific Realty

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12730 66 Avenue Unit 7, Surrey

Centrally located 3 bedroom, 3 bath Townhome in the heart of West Newton. Bright end unit with laminate floors. It features kitchen with brand new stainless steel applian...

  • Beds3
  • Baths3.0
  • MLSR2209520
  • Courtesy ofSutton Group-West Coast Realty (Surrey/132)

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9682 134 Street Unit 205, Surrey

Excellent Prime Central Location. One look and you'll be proud to call it home. Immaculate one bedroom suite South West exposure in quiet location. Upper Corner unit, ver...

  • Beds1
  • Baths1.0
  • MLSR2209635
  • Courtesy ofTeam 3000 Realty Ltd.

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14041 Bear Creek Drive, Surrey

Beautiful well kept home on a huge 1/3 acre corner lot in a quiet neighbourhood. Stunning yard with a covered patio great for BBQs, an entertainers dream. The home offers...

  • Beds3
  • Baths3.0
  • MLSR2209380
  • Courtesy ofCentury 21 Coastal Realty (Surrey) Ltd.

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NOTE: This representation is based in whole or in part on data generated by the Chilliwack & District Real Estate Board, Fraser Valley Real Estate Board or Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver which assumes no responsibility for its accuracy.