Vancouver Population 2020

2,581,079
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Vancouver's 2020 population is now estimated at 2,581,079. In 1950, the population of Vancouver was 556,369. Vancouver has grown by 25,195 since 2015, which represents a 0.99% annual change. These population estimates and projections come from the latest revision of the UN World Urbanization Prospects. These estimates represent the Urban agglomeration of Vancouver, which typically includes Vancouver's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Vancouver is a coastal city on the mainland of British Columbia, Canada. The estimated population of Vancouver in 2016 is 610,000, which makes it the 8th largest city in Canada.

Canada's most recent Census was taken in 2011, which recorded 603,502 residents of Vancouver. From 2006 to 2011, the City experienced 4.4% growth, which was a bit under Canada's overall growth at 5.9%. The Greater Vancouver area has a population of more than 2.4 million, which makes it the third most populous metro area in Canada and the most populous in Western Canada.

Vancouver Population Density

Vancouver is also the most densely populated city in Canada with more than 5,249 people per square kilometer (13,590/sq mi), and the 4th most densely populated city in North America.

74% of people in the Metropolitan Vancouver area live outside the city proper.

Vancouver Demographics

The 2011 Census found the racial and ethnic makeup of Vancouver was:

  • European Canadian: 46.2%
  • Chinese: 27.7%
  • South Asian: 6%
  • Filipino: 6%
  • Southeast Asian: 3%
  • Japanese: 1.7%
  • Latin American: 1.6%
  • Mixed visible minority: 1.5%
  • Korean: 1.5%
  • Aboriginal: 2% (1.3% First Nations, 0.6% Metis)
  • West Asian: 1.2%
  • Black: 1%
  • Arab: 0.5%

Vancouver is often called a "city of neighborhoods" because it has several neighborhoods with distinct ethnic mixes. Those of English, Irish and Scottish origins were historically the largest ethnic group in Vancouver, and this is still visible in areas like Kerrisdale and South Granville. Germans are the second-largest European group, followed by the Chinese, who are the largest visible ethnic group. Ethnic neighborhoods in Vancouver include Chinatown, Little Italy, Greektown and Punjabi Market.

Immigration into Vancouver

Immigration into Vancouver has increased since the 1980s and transformed the city into one of great ethnic diversity. More than half of the population speaks a language other than English as their first language. Vancouver now has one of the highest concentrations of ethnic Chinese people in North America, as many came from Hong Kong in anticipation of sovereignty transfer to China. Other major Asian groups in Vancouver are South Asian (primarily Punjabi), with large groups of Indo-Canadian (5.7%), Filipino (5.0%), Japanese (1.7%), Korean (1.5%), Vietnamese, Indonesian, and Cambodian.

Immigration from Latin America, once stronger in the 1980s and 1990s, has slowed in recent years, while immigration from Africa has also become stagnant. The black population of Vancouver is just 1%, much smaller than other large cities in Canada.

Prior to the immigration wave from Hong Kong in the 90s, the largest non-British groups in Vancouver were Irish and German, followed by Italian, Scandinavian, Chinese and Ukranian. After the Soviet Union began taking over Eastern Europe, many Eastern Europeans immigrated to the city, including Russians, Czechs, Poles, Romanians, and Yugoslavs, followed by a wave of Greek immigration in the 1960s through the 70s.

There is also also a sizable population of aboriginal people in Vancouver numbering about 11,000, as well as a large gay community in the West End neighborhood.

Vancouver Population Growth

Vancouver is expected to continue it's growth according to projections from Vancouver Metro. The Metro estimates that the city of Vancouver will grow to 765,000 by 2041. They also project that the Vancouver metro area will near 3.5 million by 2041.

Vancouver Population 2020

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
20352,957,4710.83%24,300
20342,933,1710.84%24,431
20332,908,7400.85%24,582
20322,884,1580.87%24,751
20312,859,4070.88%24,929
20302,834,4780.89%25,107
20292,809,3710.91%25,259
20282,784,1120.92%25,363
20272,758,7490.93%25,411
20262,733,3380.94%25,413
20252,707,9250.95%25,416
20242,682,5090.96%25,421
20232,657,0880.97%25,398
20222,631,6900.97%25,339
20212,606,3510.98%25,272
20202,581,0790.99%25,195
20192,555,8840.99%25,138
20182,530,7461.27%31,654
20172,499,0921.27%31,258
20162,467,8341.27%30,867
20152,436,9671.26%30,438
20142,406,5291.26%30,059
20132,376,4701.26%29,643
20122,346,8271.27%29,353
20112,317,4741.72%39,258
20102,278,2161.80%40,274
20092,237,9421.80%39,507
20082,198,4351.80%38,916
20072,159,5191.80%38,175
20062,121,3441.34%28,002
20052,093,3421.27%26,241
20042,067,1011.27%25,981
20032,041,1201.27%25,621
20022,015,4991.27%25,299
20011,990,2001.59%31,163
20001,959,0371.64%31,665
19991,927,3721.64%31,111
19981,896,2611.64%30,609
19971,865,6521.64%30,074
19961,835,5782.60%46,483
19951,789,0952.74%47,699
19941,741,3962.74%46,426
19931,694,9702.74%45,128
19921,649,8422.74%44,045
19911,605,7973.00%46,806
19901,558,9913.02%45,751
19891,513,2403.02%44,348
19881,468,8923.03%43,165
19871,425,7273.02%41,840
19861,383,8871.84%25,043
19851,358,8441.74%23,280
19841,335,5641.75%22,944
19831,312,6201.75%22,518
19821,290,1021.75%22,133
19811,267,9691.66%20,717
19801,247,2521.66%20,352
19791,226,9001.66%19,992
19781,206,9081.66%19,667
19771,187,2411.65%19,319
19761,167,9221.52%17,487
19751,150,4351.51%17,063
19741,133,3721.51%16,811
19731,116,5611.50%16,538
19721,100,0231.51%16,338
19711,083,6853.74%39,024
19701,044,6613.94%39,578
19691,005,0833.93%38,026
1968967,0573.94%36,687
1967930,3703.94%35,247
1966895,1237.04%58,885
1965836,2387.31%56,991
1964779,2477.33%53,249
1963725,9987.32%49,544
1962676,4547.32%46,163
1961630,2911.59%9,876
1960620,4151.10%6,732
1959613,6831.10%6,649
1958607,0341.10%6,577
1957600,4571.09%6,497
1956593,9601.10%6,444
1955587,5161.10%6,366
1954581,1501.10%6,297
1953574,8531.09%6,220
1952568,6331.10%6,170
1951562,4631.10%6,094
1950556,3690.00%

Vancouver Population Data (Urban Area)

Name Population 2020 Growth
Toronto6,196,7310.93%
Montreal4,220,5660.60%
Vancouver2,581,0790.99%
Calgary1,547,4842.31%
Edmonton1,461,1822.20%
Ottawa1,393,0861.08%
Quebec City826,1090.65%
Winnipeg816,5931.01%
Hamilton766,6880.51%
Kitchener562,4661.53%
Londonca508,2300.57%
St Catharines Niagara416,0490.49%
Halifax412,6740.45%
Oshawa398,4591.01%
Victoria385,9991.02%
Windsor336,0820.41%
Saskatoon324,7212.09%

Other Cities in Canada

  1. Vancouver Metro Population Projections
  2. Vancouver Census Profile
  3. Statistics Canada - Vancouver City census profile - 2016
  4. City of Vancouver - Population information and resources from the official website of the City of Vancouver
  5. World Urbanization Prospects - United Nations population estimates and projections of major Urban Agglomerations

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