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Population

Vancouver’s population is extraordinarily diverse, and the City values that diversity as a source of creativity and strength. Cultural diversity attracts visitors and investment, which helps the economy.

Vancouver was founded on First Nations territory, built by immigrants from many nations, and made prosperous by trade worldwide.

Our laws give everyone equal rights and equal access, regardless of origin, religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, or politics. Vancouver is a city for everyone.

The 2016 Census population for the City of Vancouver is 631,486. 72% of residents speak English most often at home and 16% speak Chinese.

Vancouver's Indigenous communities

Indigenous communities

Learn about our Indigenous programs and services, and our role in increasing cross-cultural understanding.

Green economic development

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The Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) is a City of Vancouver agency.

VEC works to strengthen the city's economic future, while being a global leader in sustainability practices.

Visit the VEC website

Vancouver population statistics