A new map produced by a group of Richmond-based real-estate agents provides a colourful picture of immigrant neighbourhoods in Metro Vancouver.
Taking data from the National Household Survey (which was last conducted in 2011), the map assigns colours that denote the largest immigrant population living in any one area.
Many neighbourhoods are dominated by immigrant populations one likely expects they would be. For example, much of North Vancouver is light green for Iran, South Vancouver is red for China, Richmond is split between China and yellow for the Philippines, Surrey goes dark green for India, and so on.
But other areas show more surprising results. For example, Sunset Beach has been assigned light green for Mexico, part of Coquitlam shows orange for a large Romanian population, and the United Kingdom’s blue holds a large section of Langley.
Note that it doesn’t necessarily take a significant percentage of a neighbourhood’s population to come from one nation of origin for the neighbourhood to take that nation’s colour.
For example, a block of the map described as “Central Hastings” is marked red for China, but when you hover your mouse over that region for details, it shows that only 5.8 percent of Central Hastings is of Chinese origin. So even though Central Hastings is technically predominantly Chinese, it would be more accurate to describe its population as highly diverse. “Robson” is another example. It’s marked yellow for the Philippines, even though a cursor rollover reveals only 2.2 percent of people living in the Robson area are Filipino in origin.
Also note the map does not assign a colour for neighbourhoods where the majority is comprised of people who were born in Canada.
The resource is available at EstateBlock.com, a website with contact information that leads back to Royal Pacific Riverside Realty.