Focus on Geography Series, 2016 Census

Surrey, City (CSD) - British Columbia

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Immigrant population

Figure 1.1 Percentage of the immigrant population, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, 2006 to 2016

Figure 1.1 description Figure 1.1 Percentage of the immigrant population, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, 2006 to 2016

Population by immigrant status and period of immigration, Surrey and British Columbia, 2016

Immigrant status and period of immigration Surrey British Columbia
number % of the total population % of the immigrant population number % of the total population % of the immigrant population
Total population in private households 511,540 100.0 ... 4,560,235 100.0 ...
Non-immigrants 281,185 55.0 ... 3,167,160 69.5 ...
Immigrants 220,155 43.0 100.0 1,292,675 28.3 100.0
Period of immigration: Before 2001 115,115 22.5 52.3 795,880 17.5 61.6
Period of immigration: 2001 to 2005 32,005 6.3 14.5 147,730 3.2 11.4
Period of immigration: 2006 to 2010 36,695 7.2 16.7 173,505 3.8 13.4
Period of immigration: 2011 to 2016 36,340 7.1 16.5 175,555 3.8 13.6
Non-permanent residents 10,200 2.0 ... 100,405 2.2 ...

Immigrant population by selected demographic, migration and ethnocultural characteristics, Surrey, 2011 and 2016

  2011 2016
All immigrants Recent immigrants
(2006 to 2011)
All immigrants Recent immigrants
(2011 to 2016)
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
Population in private households 187,845 .. 34,880 .. 220,155 .. 36,335 ..
Age groups 187,845 100.0 34,875 100.0 220,155 100.0 36,335 100.0
Less than 15 years 9,855 5.2 5,950 17.1 10,140 4.6 5,635 15.5
15 to 24 years 16,450 8.8 5,540 15.9 17,220 7.8 5,100 14.0
25 to 64 years 131,825 70.2 21,820 62.6 151,910 69.0 22,720 62.5
65 years and older 29,715 15.8 1,570 4.5 40,885 18.6 2,890 8.0
Median age 45.1 .. 31.2 .. 47.2 .. 32.7 ..
Admission categories for immigrants admitted since 1980 ... ... ... ... 186,290 100.0 36,335 100.0
Economic immigrants ... ... ... ... 78,860 42.3 18,605 51.2
Principal applicants ... ... ... ... 29,945 16.1 7,230 19.9
Secondary applicants ... ... ... ... 48,910 26.3 11,370 31.3
Immigrants sponsored by family ... ... ... ... 85,795 46.1 13,870 38.2
Refugees ... ... ... ... 20,490 11.0 3,715 10.2
Region of birth1 187,845 100.0 34,880 100.0 220,155 100.0 36,340 100.0
Americas 10,085 5.4 1,825 5.2 11,335 5.1 1,425 3.9
Europe 25,605 13.6 1,340 3.8 25,915 11.8 1,295 3.6
Africa 5,140 2.7 1,180 3.4 6,995 3.2 1,505 4.1
Asia 137,620 73.3 29,745 85.3 166,110 75.5 31,590 86.9
Oceania 9,310 5.0 755 2.2 9,790 4.4 515 1.4

Top places of birth of immigrants and recent immigrants,2 Surrey, 2016

Place of birth 2016
Number Percent Rank
Immigrant population 220,155 100.0 ...
India 81,730 37.1 1
Philippines 24,115 11.0 2
China 18,490 8.4 3
United Kingdom 9,655 4.4 4
Fiji 8,965 4.1 5
Recent immigrants (2011 to 2016) 36,340 100.0 ...
India 15,020 41.3 1
Philippines 5,260 14.5 2
China 4,650 12.8 3
Iraq 1,090 3.0 4
Korea, South 1,080 3.0 5

Immigrant population and recent immigrants by non-official language spoken most often at home,3 Surrey, 2016

Languages 2016
Number Percent Rank
Immigrant population 220,155 100.0 ...
Punjabi (Panjabi) 68,980 31.3 1
Mandarin 17,820 8.1 2
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 14,645 6.7 3
Recent immigrants (2011 to 2016) 36,340 100.0 ...
Punjabi (Panjabi) 12,345 34.0 1
Mandarin 4,470 12.3 2
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 3,645 10.0 3

Generation status

Population by generation status and median age, Surrey, 2011 and 2016

Generation status 2011 2016
Number Percent Median age Number Percent Median age
Total population in private households 463,340 100.0 37.2 511,540 100.0 38.4
First generation (born abroad) 193,730 41.8 44.7 233,045 45.6 46.2
Second generation (born in Canada with at least one parent born abroad) 126,500 27.3 19.9 139,000 27.2 20.6
Born in Canada with both parents born abroad 87,075 18.8 16.9 98,190 19.2 18.3
Born in Canada with one parent born in Canada and the other born abroad 39,425 8.5 32.5 40,815 8.0 32.2
Third generation or more (born in Canada with both parents born in Canada) 143,110 30.9 36.2 139,495 27.3 37.7

Visible minority population

Figure 1.2 Population (in percentage) belonging to a visible minority group, Surrey, British Columbia and Canada 2006 to 2016

Figure 1.2 description Figure 1.2 Population (in percentage) belonging to a visible minority group, Surrey, British Columbia and Canada 2006 to 2016

Population by visible minority group and median age, Surrey, 2011 and 2016

  2011 2016
Number % of the total population % of the visible minority population Median age Number % of the total population % of the visible minority population Median age
Total population in private households 463,340 100.0 .. 37.2 511,540 100.0 .. 38.4
Visible minority population 243,760 52.6 100.0 32.9 299,250 58.5 100.0 34.5
South Asian 142,445 30.7 58.4 32.5 168,035 32.8 56.2 34.4
Chinese 28,485 6.1 11.7 37.5 39,885 7.8 13.3 39.7
Black 6,145 1.3 2.5 29.3 9,455 1.8 3.2 26.8
Filipino 26,475 5.7 10.9 34.1 31,865 6.2 10.6 35.2
Latin American 5,340 1.2 2.2 30.3 7,060 1.4 2.4 35.3
Arab 3,270 0.7 1.3 28.6 5,770 1.1 1.9 29.0
Southeast Asian 13,080 2.8 5.4 31.6 13,005 2.5 4.3 33.9
West Asian 2,345 0.5 1.0 29.4 3,715 0.7 1.2 31.8
Korean 8,385 1.8 3.4 37.8 9,280 1.8 3.1 36.9
Japanese 2,405 0.5 1.0 39.3 2,850 0.6 1.0 38.4
Visible minority, n.i.e. 1,090 0.2 0.4 23.4 1,995 0.4 0.7 34.2
Multiple visible minorities 4,290 0.9 1.8 22.5 6,325 1.2 2.1 21.3
Not a visible minority 219,575 47.4 .. 43.0 212,295 41.5 .. 45.3

Ethnic and cultural origins of the population

The three most commonly reported ethnic origins,4 Surrey, British Columbia and Canada 2016

Ethnic origin Surrey British Columbia Canada
Number of responses % Rank Number of responses % Rank Number of responses % Rank
East Indian 138,210 27.0 1 309,315 6.8 8 1,374,710 4.0 10
English 78,895 15.4 2 1,203,545 26.4 1 6,320,085 18.3 2
Canadian 67,740 13.2 3 866,525 19.0 2 11,135,970 32.3 1

Figure 1.3 Percentage of the population by region of ethnic origin,5 Surrey, British Columbia and Canada, 2016

Figure 1.3 description Figure 1.3 Percentage of the population by region of ethnic origin,5 Surrey, British Columbia and Canada, 2016

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Source:

Statistics Canada. 2017. Focus on Geography Series, 2016 Census. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 98-404-X2016001. Ottawa, Ontario. Data products, 2016 Census.

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