Monday, February 20, 2017

Population changes in the South of Fraser and Langley

Earlier this month, Statistics Canada released population and dwelling counts from the 2016 census. Throughout the rest of the year, the agency will be releasing further data from the most recent census.

While population in the South of Fraser has grown significantly, it hasn't been evenly distributed. The population in the Township of Langley has increased by 12.6% due to massive growth in Willoughby. Surrey’s population has increased by 10.6%. Langley City’s and White Rock’s population increased by 3.2% while Delta had a population increase of 2.4%.

Communities like White Rock and Langley City are unique because they have already been built-out. All new growth is from urban redevelopment.

In Langley City, the overall population increased by 807 people. Langley City is divided by the Nicomekl River. Single-family housing is located south of the Nicomekl, while the area north of the Nicomekl is zoned for apartments, townhouses, mixed-use, commercial, and industrial.

Single-family neighbourhoods in Langley City saw a population decrease of 40 people. The following map is from Census Mapper.

City of Langley: Area highlighted in blue had an increase in population of 698. Source: Census Mapper.

The area highlighted in blue saw the largest population increase in Langley City with 698 people. This is an area in the City which is being redeveloped from single-family housing to townhouses and apartments. All other north of the Nicomekl neighbourhoods had population increases.

Overall, the highest concentration of growth in the South of Fraser was in Willoughby between the 2011 and 2016 census.

Township of Langley: Area highlighted in blue had an increase in population of 8,703. Source: Census Mapper.

To find out the change in population in your neighbourhood, I suggest that you check out Census Mapper.

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