Thursday, March 17, 2022

Population Change in South of Fraser and Langley Points to More Families

Townhouses under construction

I was recently looking over the presentations from the Regional Planning Committee for the Metro Vancouver Regional District. I saw the change in population and dwellings for all member jurisdictions based on the latest census data. One of the things that stood out to me was the population change in Langley City, with a relatively lower change in dwellings.

I decided to make the following table, which includes the change in the number of people divided by the number of new dwellings built between the 2016 and 2021 census. I called it People Per Dwelling. This number doesn’t mean that all these people moved into new dwellings. Some people could have moved into existing housing. It does show an indicator of housing efficiency, which generally means families.

Jurisdiction Population Change Dwelling Change People Per Dwelling
Lions Bay 56 11 5.1
Belcarra 44 9 4.9
Langley City 3075 758 4.1
Surrey 50435 15707 3.2
Langley Township 15318 4946 3.1
Maple Ridge 8734 2841 3.1
Pitt Meadows 573 210 2.7
White Rock 1987 730 2.7
Delta 6217 2300 2.7
Anmore 146 56 2.6
Port Coquitlam 2886 1131 2.6
Bowen Island 576 229 2.5
Tsawwassen First Nations 1440 607 2.4
New Westminster 7920 3391 2.3
West Vancouver 1649 757 2.2
Coquitlam 9341 4624 2.0
City of North Vancouver 5222 2648 2.0
Burnaby 16370 8935 1.8
Richmond 11628 7623 1.5
District of North Vancouver 2519 1715 1.5
Vancouver 30762 21420 1.4

Anecdotally, more families are living in Langley City than ever before. This table confirms that. The People Per Dwelling numbers indicate that the South of Fraser and Ridge-Meadows areas are where most families are moving to in Metro Vancouver. I was surprised to see that Langley City was near the top of the list.

On the other end, the City of Vancouver is seeing more singles and couples without children.

The table doesn’t include Port Moody, which saw a population decrease, unincorporated areas, and the University Endowment Lands. As a note, Lions Bay, Belcarra, and Anmore are villages with small populations.

Dwellings include all housing types, including detached, attached, and apartments.

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