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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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19180 65th Avenue Unit 37, Surrey


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  • MLSR2233560
  • Courtesy ofHomeLife Benchmark Realty (White Rock) Corp.

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2853 Helc Place Unit 108, Surrey

HYDE PARK - Rarely available gorgeous end unit! Spacious 4 bed & 3.5 bath with huge yard and large deck. This modern, open concept townhouse features high end finishings ...

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  • MLSR2234244
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8811 157 Street, Surrey

This great Fleetwood home is perfect for the family just starting out or for the down-sizer looking to spend more time traveling! The home boasts 3 good-sized bedrooms wi...

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  • MLSR2234240
  • Courtesy ofSutton Premier Realty

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15351 101 Avenue Unit 303, Surrey

Assignment of Contract. Best New condo home located at Guildford, Surrey. Estimated completion July 2019. Perfect for Investors or First Time Home Buyers. This 1 bedroom ...

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  • MLSR2234232
  • Courtesy ofSutton Group-West Coast Realty

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15633 Mountain View Drive Unit 16, Surrey

IMPERIAL at Grandview Heights, Phase 1 & 2 are for sale with 4 and 5 bedroom units Between 1972 sqft - 2577 sq ft homes. Double Garage, Ducted Gas Furnace/AC system, 3.5 ...

  • Beds3
  • Baths4.0
  • MLSR2233624
  • Courtesy ofSutton Group-West Coast Realty (Abbotsford)

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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.