Surrey is a city in British Columbia with a population of 517,887, as of 2016. The city is bounded by the Fraser River and the Canada-US border. It belongs to the Metro Vancouver regional district and metropolitan area. Surrey is the second largest municipality in British Columbia, after Vancouver, by population, and therefore the 12th most populated city in Canada. The city has a total land area of 316 square kilometers and hence its population density is 1,636.8 square kilometers. By land area, the city is the largest after Abbotsford and Prince George.
Surrey is made up of six town centers. These include Whalley/City Center, Newton, Fleetwood, Guildford, South Surrey, and Cloverdale. The city of Surrey was incorporated in 1879 and its original occupants are Halqemeylem-speaking aboriginals. Today, the most common language spoken in Surrey is English (47.82%). However, languages like Punjabi are spoken by 20.48% of Surrey residents and Mandarin is spoken by 4.42%.
Furthermore, the city of Surrey is a major industrial center in its province. It is renowned for education, topnotch technology, clean energy, advanced manufacturing, arts, agriculture and so forth. Moreover, Surrey is also rich in cultural assets and attractions such as the Surrey Museum, the Surrey City Center Public Library, and so forth. The Surrey Municipal Hall complex is a historic site enshrining the Surrey Museum, Canotaph in Heritage Square, and Clovedale Library. Residents of Surrey are known as Surreyites.
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