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800 people make the move each month. Why do you live in Surrey?

All of last week, we told the stories of people who call Surrey, B.C., home. Now, it's your turn. Why do you live in Surrey — and what's made you stay?

It boasts a diverse population and B.C.'s biggest school district. Tell us why you call Surrey home

Surrey is the second-largest city in B.C. and a haven for families looking for affordable alternatives to Vancouver. (City of Surrey)

All of last week, CBC's Jesse Johnston told the stories of people who call Surrey, B.C., home.

As part of the series Surrey — Why We Live Here, we met Bessie Bonar, a long-term resident of the Whalley neighbourhood, who used a photograph of a church to design the spectacular St. Mary's Orthodox Ukrainian Church in 1955.

We visited the Guildford neighbourhood, where half of the community's population are immigrants, including Safari Kabumbe, who designs African fashions.

And we checked out Clayton Heights, a hot spot for young families that features a coffee shop geared specifically for play dates.

Now, it's your turn to share your stories. Why do you live in Surrey? Were you priced out of Vancouver, for instance, or did you come from another province?

If you're longstanding resident, what's made you stay? Surrey is celebrated for its diversity. It's also struggled with gang violence and crowded classrooms. But what's life like for you beyond those headlines?

Respond in the comments below or email by Thursday, March 21. We'll feature a round-up of responses later this week.


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