The City of Abbotsford is situated in the central Fraser Valley of British Columbia and covers approximately 370 km2, making it the largest municipality by area in the Lower Mainland. Abbotsford has been called the “City in the Country” surrounded by agricultural lands that anchor the economy. The economy is also fueled by the manufacturing and aerospace sectors. The City has a dynamic and vibrant business community that is continuing to expand. In addition to a rapid rise in retail, commercial, and industrial development, Abbotsford has seen significant residential growth. Landmarks include the state of-the-art Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre (ARHCC), Mill LakePark, historic downtown, the University of the Fraser Valley, and the Abbotsford International Airport (YXX). The population of Abbotsford is 141,000; the fifth largest city in BC. Abbotsford is a diverse community made up of many different ethnic and cultural groups, and 23% of the population is of South Asian descent.
• Over 50 different languages are spoken in Abbotsford
• Punjabi is spoken in over 20% of Abbotsford households
• A language other than English or French is spoken in 38% of all households
• 26% of Abbotsford residents were born outside of Canada
• 50% of the population identifies as Christian, while 20% identify as Sikh, and 27% do not have any religious affiliation
• Abbotsford is diverse in age, with 19% of the population under 15, and 15% over 65 years old