A vibrant community of more than 57,000 people, Port Coquitlam boasts a picturesque natural setting, a strategic location, progressive business opportunities, small town spirit and a dedication to healthy living that offers an exceptional living and working environment for people of all ages and lifestyles.
Over the last several years, the City has been bustling with new commercial, institutional, industrial and residential developments, much of which are close to its historic and authentic downtown core or in new growth areas such as the Dominion Triangle. To meet the needs of our residents, the City is undertaking improvements to infrastructure, transportation and other services, including the new Leigh Square Community Arts Village and the Coast MeridianOverpass.
Incorporated as a municipality in 1913, Port Coquitlam strives to be a complete community that balances social, environmental and economic values while fulfilling the priorities set by our citizens. We are fond of saying that Port Coquitlam enjoys small-town spirit and big-city connections, and for good reason. We believe our engaged and active citizens make our community a better place to live, work and play, and we provide and support a wide variety of opportunities for citizen involvement.
Port Coquitlam is also centrally located within the Lower Mainland, with easy access to Vancouver via road, transit and commuter rail links. This accessibility, combined with the availability of affordable industrial, commercial and residential properties and our continued focus on economic growth, has drawn a large number of progressive enterprises to the community.
Port Coquitlam is also a desirable and safe place to live and raise a family. Our residents have access to more than 266 hectares of parkland and an extensive system of outdoor trails perfect for cycling, hiking and leisurely walks. A wide variety of housing choices, quality schools, health care facilities, shopping, recreation and arts facilities, and numerous places of worship round out this warm and caring community.
The area was first inhabited by the Coast Salish people, including the Kwikwetl'em people. The first European settlers began farming beside the Pitt River in 1859. The Canadian Pacific Railway moved its terminus from Vancouver to the banks of the Fraser River in 1911. Port Coquitlam was first incorporated as a municipality on March 7, 1913. Port Coquitlam was originally mostly farmland; however, because of the densification and expansion of Vancouver, it has now become mostly suburban housing, especially on its northern and southwestern sides. The economy has diversified with a variety of industrial and commercial developments, including metal fabrication, high technology industries, and transportation.
The second half of the 1990s saw the population grow at a rate of 9.8%, with a large number of immigrants, who by 2001, comprised 25% of the population. English was the first language for 76% of the inhabitants. Religions practiced were Catholic 36%, Protestant 32%, Other 14%, and No Religion 18%.
In 2009 Port Coquitlam was rated 85th for its murder rate (for Canadian cities with a population over 50K). 
Because of its primarily suburban nature, Port Coquitlam relies heavily on its vehicular roads to move people and goods. For example, two of its major arterial roads, Shaughnessy Street and Lougheed Highway bisect Port Coquitlam east to west and north to south, respectively.
TransLink provides a number of bus routes throughout the city. The most used bus route in this section of the Greater Vancouver Regional District is the 159. The 159 connects southern Port Coquitlam to the SkyTrain. Other bus routes in the city are the 160 and C38. The 160 links Port Coquitlam and Vancouver. It passes through Coquitlam Central Station and Port Moody Station. Two major stops in the city include the Port Coquitlam Centre and the Port Coquitlam Station. Numerous other Community Shuttles serve the Port Coquitlam area, including the C38 which connects Northern Port Coquitlam to Coquitlam Central Station via Port Coquitlam Station.
The Lougheed Highway passes through Port Coquitlam, running from Coquitlam in the west to the Pitt River Bridge in the east. Although this highway has made much of Port Coquitlam a very congested area, it is one of the few major arterial highways in the area.
The Mary Hill Bypass, officially known as Highway 7B, runs adjacent to the Fraser River from the Pitt River Bridge on the east to the Port Mann Bridge on the west.
Canadian Pacific Railway has a major rail yard in the central sector of the city.
In October 2009 the new Pitt River Bridge, a new seven-lane cable stayed bridge, opened to the public replacing the existing crossing. The previous crossing was made up of 2 swing bridges which were removed upon completion of the new cable stayed bridge. The Pitt River Bridge crosses the Pitt River connecting Port Coquitlam to neighbouring Pitt Meadows.
In March 2010 the Coast Meridian Overpass, a new four-lane cable stayed bridge, opened to the public giving a new option for traveling north to south over the Canadian Pacific RailwayOxford Street rail yard.
A 25 km hiking and biking trail, known as the Traboulay PoCo Trail, completely surrounds the city.
Public schools in Port Coquitlam are part of School District 43 Coquitlam.