A suburb in the GVA (Greater Vancouver
Area) with a rising population. Their is a large asian population, as well as many whites, blacks, and hispanics. There is a small number of east indian people but that number is increasing do to the large population of the connecting city (Surrey) which has a massive east indian population. Coquitlam
is fairly safe in some areas but in others it is quite dangerous. Coquitlam also has a large hip hop/ rap scene. Coquitlam is also known for having a large number of shootings each year compared to the surrounding suburbs. An area of Coquitlam known as PoCo is known for being the area in which Robert Pickton
(a physco killer who killed many women in the GVA) is/was from. Coquitlam is known for having a large number of gangs (CKV, JBC, Red Scorpions
, U.N., Hells Angles
, etc). Sometimes referred to as Vancouvers little Compton but now Surrey and East Van are claiming that title. Most of the Crime within Coquitlam consists of pot grow ops, gang shootings, assaults, and car theft. Coquitlam has 3 movie theatres, a very large mall, and many large grocery stores such as Super Store. Also because Coqutuitlam is at the base of some large mountains there is commonly bears that venture down into the town at night.