Welcome to Camas
Affluent, family-friendly locale with a strong community spirit
Ensconced along the Columbia River 20 miles east of Portland, Camas is a dazzling suburb known for serving up big-city perks without plunging residents in the heat of urban frenzy. Camas real estate is surrounded by beautiful tree-lined streets, gurgling rivers, and calm lakes. The community is regarded by locals as their best-kept secret. The area is an oasis of residential and diverse commercial industries enhanced by thriving high-tech and financial companies, including WaferTech, Hewlett-Packard, and Fisher Investments among others.
Named for the camas lily cherished by Natives for medicinal and culinary purposes, the city was officially incorporated in 1906. Today, families come for the gorgeous views, lush parks, and excellent schools, but that's not all Camas has to offer. With the whole community gathering for vibrant festivals and celebrations downtown, as well as constantly coming together to cheer on the high school football team at games, the robust sense of community pride is hard to miss. Homes run the gamut from farmhouses to traditional estates and Craftsman bungalows tucked against beautiful greenery and offering residents comfort and peace of mind.
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What to Love
- Small town feel with big city advantages
- Robust community pride
- Excellent public schools
A quaint suburb nestled against the backdrop of pristine natural scenery, Camas is a tight-knit community that supports its local businesses and comes together in hard times. Conveniently located near everything, residents do not have to pay income tax and can easily drive fifteen minutes away from town to shop without paying sales tax, too. Residents enjoy access to some of the best public schools in the state, are located less than 20 mins to the airport, and have tons of high-paying jobs at arm's reach. With zero crime, near-perfect weather all year round, and a strong love for community, living in Camas is certainly like winning the lottery.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Adorned with beautiful trees and stunning buildings bearing so much historical charm, Downtown Camas brims with locally-owned restaurants, shops, and boutiques serving up varieties in cuisine, style, and elegance. Whether you're looking for vintage furniture, decor, and apparel at Camas Antiques, or new bags, shoes and jewelry from a curated selection of European and American designer brands at Arktana and Lily Atelier, Downtown Camas has something for you.
The Hammond is a local favorite for tasty cocktails, craft beer, and fresh ale served with scrumptious delights like deviled eggs, Caesar salad, and Brussels sprouts. Visit Acorn & The Oak for a full supper club style dinner with all the fixins and nightly specials paired with your favorite cocktail, and enjoy your meal on a patio overlooking the placid lake and trees - don't forget to check out the amazing flowers and gifts available too!
Visit Juxtaposition for stylish furniture and home accessories to furnish your home offering personal service and a friendly, relaxed environment for customers. Craving fresh beer with some usual pub grub? Stop into the fabulous Grains of Wrath and have a taste of their phenomenal steak frites, brisket sandwich, and poutine.
Things to Do in Camas
Every month, Camas celebrates themed First Fridays with highly anticipated community events taking place downtown, including games, art, dining, and after-hours shopping. There’s something for the whole family to partake in!
A local favorite fishing spot, Lacamas Lake is a 312-acre park featuring meandering trails that lead to the iconic Lacamas Heritage Trail along the south shore of the Lake. Birdwatchers enjoy lovely sights and have great opportunities for spotting tons of wildlife, and photographers always have their cameras out and capture the beautiful scenery that makes you want to take it all in at once.
A vibrant main parade, colorful kids parade, and tons of arts and crafts are the defining features of the exuberant Camas Days celebration - hosted downtown every year on the fourth weekend of July! Come experience different vendors taking over themed streets for food, wine, and microbrews, and enjoy concerts in the park, parades, the duck derby, and famous bathtub races! Anytime you want to catch a flick, the adorable Liberty Theatre of Camas is always just up the street!
Is Camas Washington a Safe Place to Live?
Camas is nearly 80% safer than other cities in the United States. It was named the 3rd safest city in Washington by SafeWise in 2021. The poverty rate is less than 4%, lower than average.
Is Camas a Nice Place to Live?
Camas is one of the most pleasant places to live in Washington. It's safer than the average North American city with plenty of parks, restaurants, and a comfortable suburban feel.
Is Camas Washington expensive?
The cost of housing and other necessities for single adults is around $41,000 per year, a few thousand dollars more than the average cost of living in Washington. The typical housing cost in Camas is $746,000.
Camas is served by the Camas School District No 117, home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include: