Livability Score

i The AreaVibes Livability Score evaluates 9 different categories and creates an overall score out of 100. The higher the score, the better the area.

amenities A+

There are lots of amenities close to this location.
Coffee (41) A+
Entertainment (21) A+
Food and Drink (108) A+
Fitness (19) A+
Groceries (15) A+
Parks (85) A+
Shops (180) A+
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commute A+

Of all people who commute, 19.3% take public transportation in New Westminster.
Public Transit Stops (256)
Stops & Stations
Workers Taking Public Transit
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cost of living F

The cost of living in New Westminster is 107/100 - which is 13% lower than British Columbia.
Cost of Living
Goods & Services, Housing, etc.
Tax Rates
Income & Sales Tax
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crime C-

New Westminster crime rates are 4,786 per 100k, which is 21% lower than British Columbia
Property Crime
3,898 crimes per 100k
Violent Crime
888 crimes per 100k
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employment B+

The median income in New Westminster is $79,358 - which is 8% lower than British Columbia.
Med. Household Income
Unemployment Rate
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health A+

There are many hospitals, police and fire stations.
Health & Safety (71)
Dentist, Doctor, Hospital, etc.
Air Quality
Median Air Quality
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housing B-

New Westminster home prices are $681,775 - which is 24% lower than British Columbia
Home Price
Home Appreciation Rate
Home Affordability
8.6x (home price to income ratio)
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schools A+

The New Westminster graduation rate is 90% - which is 4% higher than British Columbia
School Test Scores
High School Grad. Rates
Elementary Schools (16) A+
High Schools (11) A+
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ratings A+

New Westminster has an overall rating of 91% from 14 reviews.
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Living in New Westminster, BC

New Westminster Area Facts

  • New Westminster has a Livability Score of 86/100, which is considered exceptional
  • New Westminster crime rates are 21% lower than the British Columbia average
  • Cost of living in New Westminster is 13% lower than the British Columbia average
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New Westminster, BC

New Westminster in British Columbia, which lies on the right bank of Fraser River, was named by Queen Victoria after her favourite part of London. As any New Westminster resident will tell you, is still today known as “The Royal City”. The tiny old city of New Westminster has grown rapidly in recent years and is slowly becoming a thriving community full of character with a quirky mix of heritage and modern shopping malls. It’s centrally located in the middle of Lower Mainland right in the middle of Metro Vancouver, with downtown Vancouver just a 20 minute drive away. The city is popular as a commuter suburb and has been attracting an influx of immigration and a generally young population because of its favourable cost of living and growing job opportunities.

With SkyTrain located around the city, getting around the city and to neighbouring places is no hassle and the highway connects New Westminster to different parts of the country. The 25-39 age group accounts for 24% of the population and this number continues to increase as young people move away from the high cost living of major cities. The city is home to a number of higher educational institutions that offer degrees and training certifications, which is attractive to the young adult demographic. Young families are also drawn to New Westminster due to the family friendly atmosphere and the number of public schools and private Catholic schools in the area.

Due to its proximity to the economic opportunities in Vancouver, with a lower cost of living, New Westminster is popular with those new to the country. The population is extremely multicultural and most immigrants are from South Asia, China and the Philippines.

New Westminster is great for walking, as all the popular areas in the city are located within close proximity. The lower downtown streets are fast filling with trendy restaurants and independent stores that promote local manufacturers. Locals love Localo Living Espresso Bar for its lavender lattes to be had with pastries from Vancouver Pie Hole. The Steel and Oak Microbrewery is another popular spot. Apart from the 48 parks in the city, the Westminster Pier Park has myriad activities, from all year farmers’ markets and shopping centres to food courts and artisan booths.

A+ Amenities

Are there many local amenities in New Westminster? Yes, there are lots of amenities close to this location.


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Simcoe Park
Toronto Place Park
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Moody Park
Tipperary Park
Sullivan Park


Anvil Centre
Anvil Centre
New Westminster Museum
Landmark Cinemas
Irving House
Massey Theatre
Massey Theatre
The Columbia

Food & Drink

Royal Crown Pizza
River's Reach Liquor Store
River's Reach Pub
Union Jack Public House & Carvery
Dairy Queen

A+ Commute

Is public transit available in New Westminster? Of all people who commute, 19.3% take public transportation in New Westminster.
Drive to Work

5% lower than the CDN average

Take Public Transit

12% higher than the CDN average

Walk to Work

1% higher than the CDN average

A+ Health & Safety

Is New Westminster a healthy and safe place to live? Yes, there are many hospitals, police and fire stations.


Royal Columbian Hospital


London Drugs
Imperial Pharmacy
Pure Integrative Pharmacy
Shoppers Drug Mart
Columbia Prescription XPress
Queensborough Community Pharmacy


Dr. Water Rebeyka
New Westminster Family Practice
Dr. Eric Pugash
Retina Surgical Associates
NW Dermatology

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