Vancouver is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada; 52% of its residents have a first language other than English. The Greater Vancouver area of around 2.3 million inhabitants is the third most populous metropolitan area in the country and the most populous in Western Canada.
Vancouver is consistently named as one of the top five worldwide cities for livability and quality of life.
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The downtown area is generally considered to be bounded by Burrard Inlet to the north, Stanley Park and the West End to the west, False Creek to the south, and the Downtown Eastside to the east.
Besides the identifiable office towers of the financial and central business districts, Downtown Vancouver also includes residential neighbourhoods in the form of high-rise apartment and condominiums, in Yaletown and Coal Harbour. Other downtown neighbourhoods include the Granville Mall and Entertainment District, Downtown's South, Gastown, Japantown, and Chinatown.
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East Vancouver is also known as “East Van” or the “East Side” or the “East End”. Geographically, East Vancouver is bordered to the north by Burrard Inlet, to the south by the Fraser River, Ontario Street to the “West End” and to the east by the city of Burnaby. Seven communities make up the East Vancouver area: Grandview-Woodland, Hastings-Sunrise, Kensington-Cedar Cottage, Killarney, Renfrew-Collingwood, Strathcona, and Victoria-Fraserview. In addition, the Downtown Eastside and Chinatown offer a distinct community. And Mount Pleasant and Riley Park-LittleMountain straddle both East Vancouver and the West Side.
North Burnaby stretches from Boundary Road in the west to Burnaby Mountain with Simon Fraser University in the east and bounded by Burrard Inlet to the north and the Lougheed Highway to the south. It is a desirable place to live for many local and immigrant families which is reflected by real-estate prices that keep climbing and have almost doubled in the last 15 years.
South Burnaby is known for its largest (and Canada's second largest) commercial mall, the Metropolis at Metrotown. A great influence includes Deer Lake Park, contributing to Burnaby's ratio of park land to residents as one of the highest in North America.