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Surrey one of the fastest growing areas in BC

The 2006 census data confirms what members of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board already knew. When it comes to growth in the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD), the ‘suburbs’ are where it’s at. According to census figures released mid-March, four of the top five fastest-growing neighbourhoods in the GVRD and in the province of BC are in Surrey. Once farms or forests, they are now the areas the census dubs as West Cloverdale, Valley View, Rosemary Heights and East Clayton. West Cloverdale and East Clayton fall under our Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) jurisdiction of Cloverdale. Valley View encompasses parts of the MLS® Surrey sub-areas of East Newton, Fleetwood/Tynehead and Sullivan Station. Rosemary Heights straddles the South Surrey/White Rock sub-areas of Morgan Creek and Grandview. The 2006 census confirms that Surrey remains one of the fastest growing municipalities in the Lower Mainland growing by 13.6 per cent since 2001. However the top prize during this census period goes north of the Fraser River to Port Moody, which saw it’s population rise by 15.5 per cent in five years. Growth outside of the GVRD was also impressive, with Abbotsford’s population up 7.2 per cent and Chilliwack up 10.6 per cent from 2001. The fastest declining neighbourhoods were Burnaby Lake, Mundy Creek in Coquitlam, areas around the intersections of Knight/Broadway and Venables/Victoria in Vancouver and the Dewdney Truck Road area in Maple Ridge. Created: 03/29/2007 Modified: 03/29/2007