Vancouver

Booming riverside community with small-town vibes

Welcome to Vancouver

Booming riverside community with small-town vibes
 
Located right across from Portland on the north side of the Columbia River, Vancouver is a city adorned by mountains, rivers, trees, and lakes, offering residents access to big city amenities while maintaining its charming, laid-back atmosphere. Constantly evolving and welcoming new residents, this beautiful town endows locals with loads of fun outdoor activities ranging from recreational adventures to vibrant festivals, sunset concerts, and the biggest fireworks show west of the Mississippi!
 
Vancouver got its start around a fur-trading outpost on the Washington-Oregon border and was reputed as the only desirable spot for settlement west of the Rocky Mountains back in the early 1800s. Diverse commercial industries reflect the city's economic history, and today, residents thrive off of the zero income tax, enjoying the best of both worlds with proximity to Portland - where they can shop without paying sales tax. Vancouver real estate has a median price of $475,000.
 
Explore the charming residential streets to discover an array of homes flaunting lovely facades and diverse architectural styles. From Mediterraneans to bungalows and ranch homes to custom-built masterpieces, Vancouver offers just a little bit of everything.
 
For more real estate options, check out these nearby neighborhoods:
 
- Camas
- Washougal real estate
 

What to Love

  • Zero income tax
  • Many community events to partake in
  • The gorgeous landscape of forests, snow-capped mountains, and lakes
  • Quick drive to the airport
  • Charming hospitality

Local Lifestyle

Vancouver's laid-back, suburban atmosphere makes it a thriving haven of progressive individuals connected by a deep appreciation of the city's brilliant arts, music, and culture scene. The casual lifestyle in Couve Town is enviable, with loads of people flocking in due to the unbeatable craft breweries, charming hospitality, and exciting town events. If not having to pay any income tax while being close to fantastic restaurants, recreational venues, and great schools sounds like an appealing deal to you, Vancouver is perfectly tailored to your needs!
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Vancouver is home to southwest Washington's premier shopping destination, Vancouver Mall, anchored by Macy's, H&M, JCPenney, and a host of retailers.  Check out trendy apparel, jeans, and accessories at Windsor, and find the perfect sneakers at Famous Footwear before heading over to Morgan Jewelers for an excellent new watch.
 
The Cove is where locals go to enjoy fresh seafood served with a local beer or craft cocktails and wine. Select from their menu of delectable starters like seafood chowder and sandwiches filled with grass-fed beef. Relish your meal at an outdoor seating area overlooking the dazzling waterfront.
 
Stop into La Bottega for classic Italian fare paired with wines, and visit Thai Orchid for pineapple fried rice, pumpkin curry, and vegetable rolls. Every weekend from March through October, come to Downtown Vancouver Farmers Market to pick up fresh, organic food, local craft masterpieces, fresh jam and cheese, and beautiful flowers!
 

Things to Do

Heritage stands tall in Vancouver, embodied by the reconstructed Fort Vancouver perched against the backdrop of snowy mountain peaks and a vibrant urban landscape. This park tells the story of a frontier fur-trading post that became a powerful military legacy and spawned the magic of flight alongside the origin of the American Pacific Northwest.
 
Come show your support for local businesses at the frequently anticipated Craft Beer and Wine Fest, overflowing with drinks, food, and music while proceeds cater to eradicating hunger completely in Clark County. Vancouver is certainly a town of mindful, eco-conscious citizens who have taken a big step to celebrate local artists bringing life to old art at the Recycled Arts Festival - an event done to excite the community about the value of waste reduction, reuse, and recycling!
 
As rightly put by The Oregonian, "...few capture a finer spirit than the Vancouver Wine and Jazz Festival,” which happens every year and features internationally acclaimed jazz, gospel, and pop musicians. You wouldn't want to miss out on the excitement!
 

Is Vancouver, Washington a Good Place to Live?

According to Niche, Vancouver is the 11th best city for outdoor activities in America. It's also one of the healthiest and safest cities in the country.

Is it Better to Live in Portland or Vancouver?

Vancouver has a lower yearly property tax rate than Portland, making it the more affordable city to own a home in. In addition, cost of living is cheaper in Vancouver than in its neighboring city.

Is Vancouver a Part of Portland?

Vancouver and Portland are two different cities that make up one metropolitan area. The two cities are divided by the Columbia river, rich runs in between Washington and Oregon.

How Much is it to Buy a House in Vancouver, Washington?

Houses for sale in Vancouver, Washington cost around $500,000 at a median listing home price per square foot of about $291.

 

 

Schools

Vancouver is served by the Vancouver Public Schools, home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational institutions include:

Overview for Vancouver, WA

188,331 people live in Vancouver, where the median age is 37.3 and the average individual income is $36,053. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

188,331

Total Population

37.3 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$36,053

Average individual Income

Around Vancouver, WA

There's plenty to do around Vancouver, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

29
Car-Dependent
Walking Score
39
Somewhat Bikeable
Bike Score
40
Some Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Xpresso 2 U, Bula Kava House, and Veracruz Bay Bakery.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 2.28 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.68 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.8 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.53 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.68 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.17 miles 12 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Vancouver, WA

Vancouver has 75,663 households, with an average household size of 2.46. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Vancouver do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 188,331 people call Vancouver home. The population density is 3,863.48 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

188,331

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

37.3

Median Age

49.43 / 50.57%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

0-9:

0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
75,663

Total Households

2.46

Average Household Size

$36,053

Average individual Income

Households with Children

With Children:

Without Children:

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Blue vs White Collar Workers

Blue Collar:

White Collar:

Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Vancouver, WA

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Primary Schools ()
Middle Schools ()
High Schools ()
Mixed Schools ()
The following schools are within or nearby Vancouver. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Frontier Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
1/5
Skinner Elementary Montessori School
PRIVATE
PreK - 3rd
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 12th
No rating available
Lincoln Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
2/5
Minnehaha Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
2/5
Discovery Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
No rating available
Hosanna Christian School
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
Burnt Bridge Creek Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
Image Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
Pioneer Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
Emerald Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
No rating available
Benjamin Franklin Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
Lakeshore Montessori School
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Lewis and Clark High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
3/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
3/5
PUBLIC
K - 12th
No rating available
Roosevelt Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
1/5
Peter S Ogden Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
No rating available
Vancouver Contracted Programs
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
Clark County Juvenile Detention School
PUBLIC
3rd - 12th
No rating available
Washington State School for the Blind
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
No rating available
Ellsworth Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
Fircrest Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
1/5
Endeavour Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
Washington Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
No rating available
Fir Grove Childrens Center
PUBLIC
K - 12th
No rating available
Education Service District 112 Open Doors Reengagement
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
Washington State School for the Deaf
PUBLIC
PreK - 12th
No rating available
ESA 112 Special Educational County-Op
PUBLIC
PreK - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
1/5
Crestline Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
Riverview Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
Hearthwood Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
Mountain View High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
3/5
Illahee Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
Shahala Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
Columbia Valley Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
2/5
George C Marshall Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
1/5
Harney Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
1/5
Mcloughlin Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
No rating available
Vancouver Home Connection
PUBLIC
K - 12th
3/5
Vancouver Virtual Learning Academy
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
1/5
Good Shepherd Montessori
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Burton Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
No rating available
Marrion Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
Mill Plain Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
2/5
Cascadia Technical Academy Skills Center
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 12th
2/5
Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
Fort Vancouver High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
Martin Luther King Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
Gate Work Study Program
PUBLIC
12th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
11th - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
1st - 8th
No rating available
St Joseph Catholic School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Vancouver Montessori School
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Vancouver School of Arts and Academics
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
5/5
Fruit Valley Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
No rating available
Hough Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
2/5
Fishers Landing Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
Kids Unlimited Dba Tree Hill Learning Centr
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
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