Vancouver, B.C. is one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in, primarily driven by its property values. But Metro Vancouver is also a highly desirable area to live, surrounded by mountains, water and easy access to the United States and Asia. Also attractive are the region's mild climate, safe environment and recreational outdoors activities. Because of its desirability, immigration from within the country and from overseas continues to grow which in turn affects the demand for housing.