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What’s It Like To Live In Vancouver?


What’s It Like To Live In Vancouver?

I want to answer this question as honestly as I can but the first thing that came to my mind was that everyone is different. Vancouver for Mike might not be the same Vancouver for Tom depending on a lot of factors.

If you want to know what I think about living in Vancouver. It’s wonderful. If you’re lucky enough to live here count yourself blessed. Vancouver offers countless opportunities and at the same time the unbeatable benefit of living between the ocean, mountains and forest that you can’t get anywhere else.

This is 2019 and we’re all living on a world stage now.

The world has opened up to everyone for the first time in the last two decades. People have started moving around and living in new areas of the world for the first time at scale in human history. Vancouver in particular is being coming a major destination for people wanting a new start.

Look at the world as a whole. Of all the places in the world to live Canada is the second largest country in the world! Yet we only have about 37 million people in the entire country.

To give you some perspective here are the populations of other country’s:

  • China – 1.4 Billion
  • United States – 330 Million
  • Brazil – 210 Million
  • Russia – 145 Million
  • Japan – 127 Million
  • Germany – 84 Million
  • Turkey – 83 Million
  • United Kingdom – 67 Million
  • France – 65 Million
  • Italy – 60 Million
  • South Korea – 51 Million
  • Spain – 46 Million
  • Canada – 37 Million
  • Australia – 25 Million

Just taking a quick look at this these number and it should put into perspective just how few people actually live in the 2nd biggest country in the world. This is why so many people each year are becoming more and more interested in moving to Vancouver B.C. Canada.

The government here compared to almost every other country is pretty laid back. We don’t have a lot of homicides, you don’t get thrown in jail for small things (or sometimes even big), free health care, you can pretty much do whatever you want here and they also just legalized marijuana making it the 2nd country in the entire world to do that and the first G20 country.

With a liberal government and an environment that looks like it’s from a post card you’re pretty much free to do whatever you want here without to much restriction from laws and government.

Is Vancouver A Good Place To Live?

What Vancouver ends up being for you is what you make it. If you’ve been looking up things online about Vancouver from other websites and sources you might have found some positive and negative things people have to say about Vancouver.

Let’s stop and think about this for just a moment when it comes to things you read online (including this) First off, every city in the world has it’s problems. You will never find a city without problems. That’s just how it is. Don’t write off a city because people are complaining online about small things they don’t like about a city.

Think about who wrote what you read too, was this just some random comment on a YouTube video or forum somewhere? What credibility does this person offer when it comes to being a reliable source of information.

What’s The Job Market Like In Vancouver?

It really depends on what you plan to do. Here is my feeling on this whole situation. Vancouver has become quite the tourist city. Which means we have lots of hotels, shops and restaurants. If you plan to work in the service industry than you’ll have no trouble getting a job.

Let’s keep in mind however that service industry jobs don’t pay much more than minimum wage, and Vancouver is not a minimum wage city. It’s expensive and living on minimum wage here is tough. You’ll have to sacrifice certain comforts to make it.

What kind of sacrifices? While you won’t be able to afford your own 1 bedroom apartment on a minimum wage salary, you’ll need to find a room mate if you don’t want to put 70% of your monthly income into just rent. The average 1 bedroom in the “cheaper” surrounding cities still start around $1100 dollars.

(I should mention that certain jobs like waiter/waitress/bartenders that get tips can earn a good living)

Labour is another job that you can get fairly easy here with all the apartment towers they are constantly building. If don’t manual labour is something you don’t mind doing, you could probably find a job doing grunt work and work your way up.

These are the two industries you’ll most likely be working in if you’re moving to Vancouver and don’t have qualifications for anything else.

I will also mention that digital media is quickly becoming a popular career choice in Vancouver and if you’re in the feild of marketing, social media management, film, video, or any other digital media you should be able to find something here.

Is Vancouver Friendly?

Sure it is. People all over Canada are known for being friendly. Canadians are usually made fun of for sayings sorry all the time because most of use don’t want to be rude or often other people.

I’ve heard the argument say that people in Vancouver are unfriendly or that they are polite but it’s hard to make anything more than surface conversation and you never really make friends.

Let’s be honest, making real friends anywhere can be difficult and the older you get the harder it can get to make those really true close friends.

Since we’re being honest, let’s consider a few things about meeting new people. People are busy, they work 40 hours a week, have a couple of close friends they see every once in a while from when they were young, maybe a spouse, hobbies… people only have so much time.

That’s the reality. Maybe that person you met at the bar seemed nice and you said you’d hang out, but they never got back to you because they can barley make ends meat working a shitty job and are struggling with a bunch of stuff completely unrelated to you.

If you want to find friends in Vancouver go to events that you are interested in and frequently meetups until you get to know some of the regulars. Meeting new friends is kind of like dating. You’re going to meet people, hang out once or twice and then realize you’re schedules don’t match up often enough or you just don’t have much in common until you meet people that feel like they’re cut from the same cloth and you make new friends.

So at the end of the day, what’s it like to live in Vancouver?

It’s very similar to any major city. You’re going to you’re going to work often, get outside when you’re not working and hang out with friends when you can. Where you end up living in Vancouver will just be a place to hang your hat at night while you’re busy chasing your dreamings during the day.