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This city in the Fraser Valley has a population of 131,000 and is the fifth largest city in B.C. and one of the fastest growing. Most of Abbotsford’s residents live in the urban core, surrounded by farmland and rural communities such as Mount Lehman, Bradner, Matsqui Village, Clayburn Village, Barrowtown, Arnold,and Huntingdon.

Around half of the City’s housing stock is multi-family, i.e. apartments, townhouses, suites and homes with suites. The highest density of multi-family housing is in the urban areas, but even in the single-family neighbourhoods, the city’s supportive attitude to secondary suites means that there are many multi-family homes.

Nearly three-quarters of the area is devoted to agriculture and this still characterizes the city. Agriculture is the city’s third largest employer, and employment is growing.

Abbotsford has it’s own international airport. You can commute to Vancouver Island and elsewhere in BC and beyond by air. Abbotsford’s air show is an annual draw.

There is a university (University College of the Fraser Valley) and two bible colleges.

Abbotsford is well served with schools, from elementary through to high school. Mouat Secondary is featured in the August 23, 2004 issue of Macleans as the top Canadian high school under the category of “Innovation”.

Real Estate

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Below is a table showing the average prices for typical property in Abbtsford. This comes from the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board.

Benchmark Prices in the Fraser Valley as at October 2013
Area  Houses   Townhouses   Apartments 
Abbotsford $434,500 $216,200 $146,800
Cloverdale $578,600 $324,900 $229,500
Langley $560,800 $287,600 $209,300
Mission $360,700 $224,400 $157,200
N. Delta $532,400 $293,300 $160,700
North Surrey $532,700 $241,900 $206,100
South Surrey / White Rock $843,700 $463,100 $248,700
Surrey $569,700 $297,500 $192,000
Source: Fraser Valley Real Estate Board



Top Secondary Schools in Abbotsford by Fraser Institute Rank
SchoolRank in B.C.Score (out of 10)
Mennonite Educational Institute228
Abbotsford Christian308
W J Mouat967
Robert Bateman967
Source: Fraser Institute 2011

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