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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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6337 168 Street, Surrey

WELCOME HOME! If you have been looking for that perfect family home, look no further! This beautiful house has a great amount to offer your growing family! Once inside yo...

  • Beds5
  • Baths4.0
  • MLSR2223076
  • Courtesy ofRE/MAX Little Oak Realty (Surrey)

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6758 188 Street Unit 127, Surrey

Welcome to family oriented Clayton Village. This unit features 2 bed & study area on ground floor, 9' ceiling with laminate and carpet flooring. Modern cabinetry kitchen ...

  • Beds2
  • Baths2.0
  • MLSR2223070
  • Courtesy ofCentury 21 Coastal Realty (Surrey) Ltd.

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17964 58 Avenue, Surrey

Wonderful investment property in the heart of Cloverdale. Very well kept home on Rectangular (7200)Sqft Lot. Updates new floors, new fixtures, full basement. Home contain...

  • Beds3
  • Baths2.0
  • MLSR2223063
  • Courtesy ofSutton Group-West Coast Realty (Surrey/132)

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19020 88 Avenue, Surrey

One acre lot nestled between Port Kells Elementary School, backing on to playing fields and next to the Fire Station. Area has a number of new construction properties wit...

  • Beds3
  • Baths1.0
  • MLSR2222893
  • Courtesy ofPrudential Power Play Realty

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1887 126 Street, Surrey

When only OCEAN PARK will do... This gracious custom built home will immediately capture your heart. Massive street appeal! Fulfill your dreams w/ open style graciously s...

  • Beds4
  • Baths5.0
  • MLSR2222964
  • Courtesy ofSutton Group-West Coast Realty (Surrey/24)

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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.