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Overview

Introduction to Camas, Washington

Camas, Washington, in Clark county, is 6 miles N of Gresham, Oregon (center to center) and 14 miles E of Portland, Oregon. The people of the city are in the Portland - Vancouver metropolitan area.

Camas History

Camas was named after the plant camas lily, which has an onion-like bulb and was revered by the Native Americans. Camas originated as a paper-mill town in the 1880s when LaCamas Colony Company selected this area for their new paper mill. The first post office and school were established in 1884. It was officially incorporated as a town in June 1906.

Camas and nearby Attractions

  • Lacamas Lake
  • Rocket City Neon Advertising Museum
  • Heritage Park
  • Camas-Washougal Community Recreation Center
  • Lacamas Campground

Things To Do In Camas

Lacamas Park includes Round Lake, a playground, barbecue areas, and trails that go around the lake and the park. The trails lead to Camas Potholes and camas lily fields. Heritage Park provides facilities for boating at Lacamas Lake. It has many open spaces and a playground for kids. The city also has a skate park.

Camas Transportation

Flights can be availed from Portland International Airport.

Camas Higher Education

Portland Community College, Mt. Hood Community College, and Clark College provide facilities for higher education.

People

Total Population 20,890
Male Share of the Population 48.5%
Female Share of the Population 51.5%
Senior Citizens 10.3%
Employed Population 16+ 9,720
Age of the Population 39

Families

% of people married 57.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 42.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $99,934
% Above Poverty Level 96.3%
% Below Poverty Level 3.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 9.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation 2.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 16%
Median Gross Rent $1,112
Median House Value $315,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 21.9%
US/American 0.5%
English 14.3%
Irish 12.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Camas Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles N of Gresham, Oregon (center to center)
Nearest Large City 14 miles E of Portland, Oregon
County Clark
Standard Zip Codes 98607
Phone Area Codes 360
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 45.587
Longitude -122.398

Camas Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station TROUTDALE
Distance 2.7 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 46 F
Apr Temp 42 to 62 F
Jul Temp 55 to 82 F
Oct Temp 44 to 65 F
Annual Precip 44.8 inches
Station PORTLAND INTL AP
Distance 9.8 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 46 F
Apr Temp 42 to 61 F
Jul Temp 57 to 79 F
Oct Temp 45 to 63 F
Annual Precip 37 inches
Station PORTLAND KGW TV
Distance 14.6 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 46 F
Apr Temp 44 to 61 F
Jul Temp 57 to 79 F
Oct Temp 48 to 63 F
Annual Precip 43.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Battle Ground 18,576 $64,681
La Center 3,066 $85,147
North Bonneville 1,317 $68,750
Vancouver 168,050 $57,335
Washougal 14,777 $72,201
Yacolt 1,819 $67,500

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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CAMAS HIGH SCHOOL
26900 SE 15TH ST
360-817-4441
Serves 1,442 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.2

HOMELINK RIVER
2204 NE BIRCH
360-885-6804
A Non-traditional School
Serves 369 students.

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