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Municipality Location
Vital Statistics

Legend:
    - Richmond
    - All of Greater Vancouver

Population Density (x 1000/sq km)
2
4
6
8
10
12
14
16
18
20
Average Rent (x $100 )                 
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
Crime Rate (per 1000 pop.)              
0
50
100
150
200
250
300
350
400
450
Avg Household Income ( x 1000) 
0
20
40
60
80
100
120
140
160
180
Dwelling Type Ratio

- rentals    - owner occupied
Age Groups

- under 19  - 20-39  - 40-64  - over 65

Richmond

The City of Richmond is situated where the Fraser River meets the Pacific Ocean and its slogan is 'Island City, by Nature'. Richmond consists of two large islands, Sea Island and Lulu Island and fifteen smaller islands and neighbors Vancouver to the North, Delta to the South, and New Westminster and Burnaby to the East. As Richmond sits at one meter above sea level and is surrounded by the Fraser River and the Pacific Ocean it is highly susceptible to flooding. A series of dikes were formed to protect the city from flooding and these dikes also serve as beautiful trails to hike, bike, or enjoy the local wildlife.

Richmond started off as a rural farming community known for its superb soil quality and vast land but over the past few decades it has gone through tremendous growth and has become a large multicultural urban city that has tried to keep true to its rural roots and for the most part has. Most of this growth in population can be attributed to the influx of many newcomers from Asia and in fact over 60% of the residents are a visible minority, the second highest ratio in Canada. Today it is one of British Columbia's leading areas in technology and industry and with the impending completion of the Canada Line a rapid transit link to Vancouver, more business and opportunity is sure to follow.

Richmond is home to some of the Lower Mainland's finest shopping, from popular furniture and electronic stores to huge malls both standard and internationally focused making it a destination for shoppers from all over the area. Another feature of Richmond is the many sports and recreational facilities that are available to the general public, and with many new sites being built for the 2010 Olympic Games this should remain one of Richmond's finest characteristics.