From the Seattle Transit Blog:

What are some comparatives for Vancouver?  Here are figures from the 2016 Census for the City of Vancouver, provided by Chris Robertson at the City of Vancouver. 

  • The 2016 Census population for the City of Vancouver is 631,486 (compared to 704,000 in Seattle).
  • There has been a population increase in the City of Vancouver of 4.6% (27,984 people) from 2011.  (That’s about 28,000 people over the last five years in Vancouver, compared to 21,000 in Seattle over the last year.)
  • From 2006 to 2011, the City of Vancouver’s growth rate was 4.4% (25,461 people) – so there has been an increase in the growth rate of 0.2%.
  • The overall growth rate of Vancouver’s Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) was 6.5% (150,103 people) between 2011 and 2016.
  • The Census shows the City has the highest population density in Canada with 5,493 people per square kilometre. Among larger municipalities, the next three with the highest population density are all located within Montreal’s CMA.