Abbotsford is a city that is located in British Columbia, Canada. It is one of the largest cities in British Columbia, and it is the largest by population throughout the Fraser Valley Regional District. Recent estimates put the population of Abbotsford at 141,397. Spread across the 145-square mile area, this gives Abbotsford a population density of 975 residents per square mile. The largest metropolitan area, known as the Abbotsford-Mission metro area, has a higher population that exceeds 180,000 and is the 23rd largest population in the entire country.
The city has one of the largest populations of visible minorities in Canada, only falling below Toronto and Vancouver. The majority of residents are European Caucasians, which make up almost three-quarters of the city’s total population. German, Dutch, Irish, Slavic and Dutch are among the nationalities represented in this diverse city. Abbotsford also has a high population of residents that came from areas in South Asia including India, Nepal and Pakistan. Over 26% of the population was born in a country other than Canada. Throughout the years, the city has seen significant growth. In 1931, the population was just over 500. By the early 1990’s, this number had jumped to 18,864. By the mid-1990’s, the population had risen to surpass 100,000. The population growth has slowed, but the city still enjoys steady growth and will continue to add to its population in the years to come.