Richmond, British Columbia
With a population estimated in 2008 to be 188,100 Richmond is a growing dynamic urban centre with a unique mix of residential, and commercial property, agricultural lands, industrial parks, waterways and natural areas.
It lies where the Fraser River meets the ocean. The shores surrounding Richmond create an estuary border that provides habitat for fish and for migrating birds on the Pacific Flyway between the Arctic and South America.
Richmond has undergone enormous change over the last several decades. Today, Richmond is a vibrant, multi-ethnic community. People of Chinese or South Asian ancestry represent more than 60 per cent of Richmond residents. Newcomers have contributed significantly to the growth of the small business and retail sectors and have added to the diversity and vitality of Richmond.
The continuing development of the downtown core, and the construction of Rapid Transit and an Olympic Speed Skating Oval for the 2010 Winter Games, ensures that Richmond’s transformation is ongoing.