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In Vancouver, A ‘single Family’ House Often Isn’t

In Vancouver, a ‘single family’ house often isn’t

Fifty three per cent of Vancouver residents rent their homes and it would be easy to assume that those renters are living in dense, central and mid-rise neighbourhoods such as the West End. You might also assume that the so-called “single family home” areas are pretty much exclusive to homeowners.

But new data shows that renters are distributed around the city at levels that go against stereotypes. West Point Grey, with its big, expensive detached houses, is 38 per cent renter households. Kerrisdale is 36.8 per cent renters. Shaughnessy, with its stock of old and new mansions, is made up of 30 per cent renters.

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Urban planner Andy Yan, director of Simon Fraser University’s City Program, analyzed the new 2016 census data and charted his findings.

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