Originally Posted by Rusty Gull
Well, going by your stats, The City of North Vancouver is thus denser than the City of Vancouver. So a rail extension to the North Shore might not be so uneconomical afterall.
Not quite, but close. Vancouver's about 20% more densely populated than North Van City. More importantly, from 2001-2006, North Vancouver City's growth rate was less than half of Vancouver's growth rate, which in turn was less than half of Surrey's growth rate. North Van City's low growth rate was 8 times higher than the District's. If parts of the District were magically appended to the City, the density stat would plummet.
Coincidentally, New West, which is slightly larger than North Van City, was just slightly less dense than North Van City in 2006, but with about three times the growth rate. If those growth rates haven't changed too much over the last two years, New West is now the second most densely populated municipality in Metro Vancouver.