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Overview

Introduction to Vancouver, Washington

The city of Vancouver, county seat of Clark County, is located in the southwest corner of the state of Washington, just north of the Oregon border. The city lies on the north bank of the Columbia River, and is surrounded by Mount St. Helens to the north, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the Cascade Mountains to the east. Major thoroughfares servicing the city include Interstates I-5, I-205, and I-84; as well as Washington State Highways 14 and 500. Vancouver is situated only 10 miles north of Portland, Oregon.

Originally called Fort Vancouver, the community served as the center of all fur trading in the Pacific Northwest during the first half of the 19th century. Incorporated in 1857, the new city renamed Vancouver enjoyed a period of steady development lasting throughout the rest of the century. During the First World War, the site later named Pearson Field became the world’s largest spruce lumber mill for construction of airplanes used in the war effort. During World War II, Vancouver’s Kaiser Shipyard served as a major shipbuilding center for a variety of craft used by the U.S. Navy. Since that time, the Vancouver industrial base has shifted to high tech and service industry jobs, which dominate the city's economy today.

Vancouver Attractions

Visitors to the Vancouver area can find several places of interest to enjoy. Some of these are listed here:

  • Fort Vancouver National Historic Site: Headquarters for the British Hudson’s Bay Company and once the center of political, cultural and commercial activities in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Pearson Air Museum: Aviation history is on display at the oldest continually operating airfield in the U.S.
  • Clark County Historical Museum: Exhibits feature a Native American gallery, railroad exhibit, American military memorabilia and other artifacts dating back to the 13th century.
  • Old Slocum House Theatre Company: Vancouver's oldest non-profit community theater.
  • Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge: Over 5,000 acres of vital migration and wintering habitat for spring and fall migrating birds.
  • Cedar Creek Grist Mill: Built in 1876 and now the only grain-grinding mill in Washington that has maintained its original structural integrity.
  • Cathlapotle Plankhouse
  • Pomeroy Living History Farm
  • Chelatchie Prairie Railroad
  • Water Resources Education Center
  • Salmon Run Bell Tower and Glockenspiel
  • Ilchee Monument & Waterfront Renaissance Trail
  • Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens
  • Pendleton Woolen Mills
  • Vancouver Farmers Market
  • Two Rivers Heritage Museum
  • North Clark Historical Museum

Only minutes away from Vancouver is the city of Portland, Oregon, home to basketball's Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA. Portland also hosts a minor league baseball franchise known as the Portland Beavers. The Beavers compete in the Pacific Coast League and are the Triple-A affiliate of Major League Baseball's San Diego Padres. Hockey fans can take in the games of the Portland Winter Hawks, a member of the Western Hockey League (WHL).

People

Total Population 168,050
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 13.7%
Employed Population 16+ 75,948
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 45.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26%
Median Earnings25+ $34,385
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,538
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,555

Wealth

Median Family Income $57,335
% Above Poverty Level 85.2%
% Below Poverty Level 14.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 5.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.1%
% Using Public Transportation 3.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 30.3%
Median Gross Rent $955
Median House Value $200,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 31.9%
US/American 0.1%
English 10.4%
Irish 12.2%

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

Vancouver Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 8 miles N of Portland, Oregon
County Clark
Standard Zip Codes 98660, 98661, 98662, 98663, 98664, 98665, 98682, 98683, 98684, 98685, 98686
P.O. Box Zip Codes 98666, 98668, 98687
Company Zip Codes 98667
Phone Area Codes 360
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 45.638
Longitude -122.66

Vancouver 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 VANCOUVER 4 NNE
Distance 3.1 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 46 F
Apr Temp 40 to 60 F
Jul Temp 54 to 77 F
Oct Temp 41 to 63 F
Annual Precip 41.9 inches
Station PORTLAND INTL AP
Distance 4.8 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 TROUTDALE
Distance 14.7 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Battle Ground 18,576 $64,681
Camas 20,890 $99,934
La Center 3,066 $85,147
Ridgefield 5,693 $87,679
Washougal 14,777 $72,201
Woodland 5,589 $62,148

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

Vancouver Hospitals

S W WASHINGTON MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
400 NE MOTHER JOSEPH PLACE
(360) 256-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

LEGACY SALMON CREEK HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
2211 NE 139TH STREET
(360) 487-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

Portland VA Medical Center - Vancouver Campus
(VA)
1601 E. 4th Plain Blvd
(360) 696-4061 or (800) 949-1004
Emergency Service:

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Vancouver High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

HERITAGE HIGH SCHOOL
7825 NE 130TH AVENUE
360-604-3440
Serves 2,249 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.8

EVERGREEN HIGH SCHOOL
14300 NE 18TH STREET
360-604-3700
Serves 2,208 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.4

MOUNTAIN VIEW HIGH SCHOOL
1500 SE BLAIRMONT DR
360-604-6100
Serves 2,098 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.4

SKYVIEW HIGH SCHOOL
1300 NW 139TH ST
360-313-4200
Serves 1,772 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23

FORT VANCOUVER HIGH SCHOOL
5700 E 18TH ST
360-313-4000
Serves 1,616 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21

HUDSON'S BAY HIGH SCHOOL
1206 E RESERVE ST
360-313-4403
Serves 1,484 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.2

COLUMBIA RIVER HIGH
800 NW 99TH ST
360-696-7171
Serves 1,272 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.7

VANCOUVER SCHOOL OF ARTS AND ACADEMICS
3101 MAIN STREET
360-313-4600
A Non-traditional School
Serves 552 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19

LEWIS AND CLARK HIGH SCHOOL
2901 GENERAL ANDERSON RD
360-313-4350
A Non-traditional School
Serves 360 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24

LEGACY HIGH SCHOOL
2205 E 138TH AVENUE
360-604-3900
A Non-traditional School
Serves 225 students.

WASHINGTON STATE SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
611 GRAND BLVD
360-418-0401
Serves 108 students.

EVERGREEN INTERNET ACADEMY
13501 NE 28TH STREET
360-604-3757
A Non-traditional School
Serves 66 students.

CLARK CO DETENTION CENTER
500 W 11TH STREET
360-397-2201
Serves 54 students.

FIR GROVE CHILDRENS CENTER
2920 FALK RD
360-313-1800
Serves 53 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.6

WASH STATE SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND
2214 E. 13TH ST.
360-696-6321
Serves 52 students.

CLARK COUNTY VOC SKILLS CENTER
12200 NE 28TH STREET
360-604-1050
A Vocational School
Serves 33 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 1.8

GATE WORK STUDY PROGRAM
4100P LOMONDON ST
360-313-1260
A Special Education School
Serves 32 students.

LEGACY HOME SCHOOL
2205 NE 138TH AVENUE
360-604-3900
A Non-traditional School
Serves 28 students.

SPECIAL SERVICES SCHOOL
14619B NE 49TH STREET
360-256-6022
A Special Education School
Serves 1 students.

GED/RE-ENTRY PROGRAM
2901 FALK
360-313-1330
A Non-traditional School

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