Survey Highlights

Based on My Health My Community Survey 2014,
from 33,000 respondents across the BC Lower Mainland

The survey asked people, aged 18 and up who live in the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health regions, to provide information about their health, lifestyle choices, community involvement and neighbourhood characteristics.

Survey areas of focus:

BC map with areas highlighted for Coastal Rural, Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley

Health Status

General Health

Excellent or Very Good

%

Metro Vancouver

%

Fraser Valley

%

Coastal Rural

By age group
(all regions)

18-39

53%

40-64

48%

65+

41%

By gender
(all regions)

0 %

Female

0 %

Male

Mental Health

Excellent or Very Good

%

Metro Vancouver

%

Fraser Valley

%

Coastal Rural

By age group
(all regions)

18-39

56%

40-64

57%

65+

60%

By gender
(all regions)

0 %

Female

0 %

Male

Diabetes

In Metro Vancouver

%

Of total population

By Age Group

18-39

2%

40-64

9%

65+

18%

By Gender

0 %

Female

0 %

Male

Mood or Anxiety Disorders

In Metro Vancouver

%

Of total population

By Age Group

18-39

16%

40-64

19%

65+

8%

By Gender

0 %

Female

0 %

Male

Obesity and grocery access

People living in Richmond neighbourhoods with a healthier retail food environment, such as access to grocery stores or green grocers, are 43% less likely to have an overweight or obese body mass index.

%

Of Metro Vancouver adults have an obese body mass index (≥30)

Obesity Rates

Body Mass Index (BMI) ≥ 30

Powell River

37.9%

Chilliwack

36.7%

City of Langley

35.8%

Fraser Valley

33.7%

Mission

32.9%

Maple Ridge

32.8%

Abbotsford

32.5%

Hope

32.0%

Sechelt

31.7%

Port Coquitlam

31.6%

Pitt Meadows

31.1%

Township of Langley

29.0%

Rural Sunshine Coast

28.6%

Surrey

28.1%

Coastal Rural

26.9%

New Westminster

26.8%

Delta

26.6%

Bowen Island

22.8%

Gibsons

21.9%

Metro Vancouver

21.7%

South Surrey / White Rock

21.7%

City of North Vancouver

21.1%

Squamish

21.1%

Coquitlam

21.0%

District of North Vancouver

20.0%

Burnaby

19.2%

West Vancouver / Lions Bay

19.0%

Port Moody

17.3%

Richmond

16.9%

Vancouver

15.2%

Whistler

14.2%

Lifestyle

Fruit & Vegetable Consumption

In Metro Vancouver, 5+ Servings Daily

%

Of total population

By Age Group

18-39

25%

40-64

24%

65+

26%

By Gender

0 %

Female

0 %

Male

Less screen time

is linked to a stronger sense of community belonging

0 %

of Metro Vancouver adults report 2+ hours of screen time

Smoking prevalence across education groups

In Metro Vancouver

Less than high school graduation

22%

High school graduation

13%

Certificate or diploma below bachelors level

10%

University Degree

4%

Proximity to alcohol

Compared with those who live within 250 m of liquor stores, people who live over 1 km away have 45% lower odds of binge drinking.

%

of Metro Vancouver adults binge drink one or more times per month

Highest Level of Physical Activity

150 minutes or more per week

0 %

Squamish Residents

0 %

Whistler Residents

0 %

West Vancouver / Lions Bay

Food Insecure

Sometimes or often in the past 12 months

Richmond

6.3%

Vancouver

8.5%

Coastal Urban (including North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Bowen Island)

5.1%

Coastal Rural (including Squamish, Whistler, Sunshine Coast, Bella Bella, Bella Coola)

4.1%

Fraser East (Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Hope, Mission)

4.9%

Fraser North (Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge)

6.4%

Fraser East (Delta, Surrey, Langley)

6.7%

Primary Care Access

Having a Family Doctor

As age increases, the odds of having a regular family doctor increases as well.

Built Environment

Neighbourhood Walkscore®
and Residents Walking 30+ Min/Day

As Walkscore®* increases, a greater proportion of residents meet the daily walking recommendations for a healthy lifestyle.

*Measure of distance to nearby amenities such as grocery stores, schools, parks, restaurants, and retail.

Amenities are within walking distance of my home

Strongly or somewhat agree

City of North Vancouver

87.4%

New Westminster

82.3%

Vancouver

81.5%

City of Langley

74.1%

Metro Vancouver

69.5%

South Surrey / White Rock

68.7%

Richmond

68.5%

Delta

65.8%

Burnaby

65.1%

Pitt Meadows

65.1%

Surrey

63.8%

West Vancouver / Lions Bay

63.3%

Whistler

62%

Township of Langley

61.7%

District of North Vancouver

61.2%

Port Coquitlam

59.1%

Coquitlam

58.8%

Gibsons

57.1%

Squamish

56.9%

Port Moody

56.8%

Abbotsford

52.4%

Chilliwack

51.3%

Maple Ridge

48.9%

Fraser Valley

48.8%

Hope

47.6%

Coastal Rural

44.6%

Sechelt

40.4%

Powell River

36.6%

Bowen Island

32.9%

Mission

32.2%

Rural Sunshine Coast

13.1%

Highest proportion of residents who
walk, cycle or take transit to work

bicycle
0 %

New Westminster

bicycle
0 %

Vancouver

bicycle
0 %

Burnaby

Commute time and community belonging among car users

Less time in your car = more time with your community

Sense of community belonging dereases with increasing commute time – those with a commute time of more than 50 minutes are 56% less likely to experience a strong sense of community belonging than those with a commute time of less than 10 minutes.

Using active modes of transportation for commuting decreases the odds of being overweight or obese by 33%

Transit users have 22% lower odds and those who bike or walk have 48% lower odds

Exposure to second hand smoke in public places across income groups

Community Resiliency

Highest proportion of residents
who have enough emergency preparedness supplies for 3 days or more

0 %

Bowen Island

0 %

Rural Sunshine Coast

0 %

Sechelt

Association between sense of community belonging and perception of health

Social Isolation

Aged 18+ Years

Richmond

6.3%

Vancouver

6.3%

Coastal Urban (including North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Bowen Island)

4.6%

Coastal Rural (including Squamish, Whistler, Sunshine Coast, Bella Bella, Bella Coola)

3.2%

Fraser East (Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Hope, Mission)

5.7%

Fraser North (Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge)

5.8%

Fraser South (Delta, Surrey, Langley)

7.6%

Residents of neighbourhoods with amenities, pathways for walking and cycling, and attractive natural sites are

0 times

more likely to report a strong sense of community belonging