What your 'Vanniversary' says about Vancouver

The City of Vancouver set out to discover more about the people who live here

Vancouverites, you own a lot of umbrellas. You need to because you lose a lot of them, too. You are very good recyclers but only a third of you have recently used a carshare.

To celebrate its birthday on April 6, the City of Vancouver used its Talk Vancouver portal to ask residents about their own "Vanniversary" — the day that marks their arrival in Vancouver or, if they were born here, what they like to do in Vancouver on their birthday to celebrate..

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More than 2,300 people responded. Here are some highlights.

About You

• 69 per cent moved here from somewhere else; the most common reason was the lure of west coast life
• 25 per cent were born and raised here

When you knew you were a Vancouverite

• “Frustrated with housing prices, we finally decided to pull the chute on Vancouver – but then we couldn't choose another Canadian city that had this balance of bikeability, weather, friends and fun. So we're here to stay....”
• “I am not there yet. I still feel pretty Spanish. But this Talk Vancouver is helping me to feel part of the city and build the identity I could say I am proud of..”

You and the Rain

• 55 per cent say "rain blowing sideways" is their least favourite type of rain
• 36 per cent like gentle spring rains — did the questionnaire ask how often? — but 22 per cent said torrential downpours were the best
• one-third own four or more umbrellas — that's because a lot of us lose them on a regular basis

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Myrnal Hawes pushes her grandson, Jordan, while older brother Paul skates through cruddy snow on Trout Lake Jan. 5, 2017. Photo Dan Toulgoet

You and the Snow

• while half of us thought winter was far too long, it also held some of our favourite memories such as skating on Trout Lake and brought people together
• “There was a blue sky in January!!! ," one respondent wrote. "I was probably in the best mood I have ever been in in January since I moved here. And I had so many random conversations -- I met more neighbours shoveling snow for 30 minutes than the five years had lived in my place."
• the city should have and could have done more to cope with the snow.

Only 30 per cent of respondents have used a carshare program in the past three months. Photo Jane Seyd

On Vancouver "typical" attitudes and behaviour

• beautiful, expensive and green were three of the most popular words to describe the city
• over 90 per cent recycle as much as they can
• 70 per cent of respondents had not used a carshare in the past three months
• the thrill of a Vancouver sunset never gets old but 74 per cent have ranted about real estate prices
• the top must-see places for out-of-town guests are Stanley Park (86 per cent), Granville Island (83 per cent) and a beach (51 per cent)
• the top three topics of conversation were housing (49 per cent), the weather (47 per cent) and restaurants and food (41 per cent)

The full report is here.

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