To Live and Work in Clark County

Are you thinking about living in Vancouver? You have good reason, like our clean air, plentiful water, mountains, waterways, great fishing, and even the ocean in less than a two-hour drive.

I have been in Vancouver since 1974 and I’ve experienced all the major changes in our city and county. I remember when Mill Plain was a two-lane road with sweeping wheat fields, dogwood trees and beautiful sunsets in which I would stop by the side of the road and take photographs with my Olympus OM-1 camera. Passersby would stop and ask for photos because the sunsets against the evergreen trees were so stunning. I used to ride my bike with my friends to Lacamas Lake, where we would hang out, swing from the rope swing or rent paddle boats. We use to climb rocks down to a waterfall and waterhole where we jump off the rocks while listening to Boston. It was definitely more than a feeling there!

Much has changed in Vancouver since that time. Lacamas Lake is now surrounded by new developments and Vancouver and Camas are growing together. Ridgefield is now one of the hottest city and was reported on May 25th, 2018 as the fastest growing city in the state of Washington. Locals are complaining about urban growth and apartment complexes smooshed in between office buildings in the downtown Vancouver area and surrounding neighborhoods. However, housing continues to be an ongoing issue and Clark County and the city of Vancouver are taking the appropriate measures to address our growth with many contemporary apartment dwellings immerging and construction for single-family dwellings in our area remains strong year after year.
C-Tran and public transportation are a bit of a sore subject with locals because our connection to our sister city Portland has been delayed through light rail and there is much contention between Washingtonians and Oregonians on how that should play out. One of my admired associates, Meridian Green, championed the Port Commissioner race for Don Orange and managed 250 volunteers to help prevent big oil from polluting our downtown area; she is proposing to the port of Vancouver and other transportation departments that we consider ferries as a mode of transportation for Vancouver residents to reach their Oregon jobs and reduce traffic. I love it, don’t you? Seattle has ferries, why not Vancouver?

The commute times vary between Vancouver and Portland through the I-5 connection between 30 minutes and 2 hours in a 20-mile stretch depending on traffic and accidents. The Glen Jackson Bridge on Interstate 205 does an amazing job at managing traffic on the east side of town, but we still need to solve our transportation problems as the Portland and Vancouver Metropolitan area continues to grow.

Clark County profiles stats (as of June 10, 2018)
Washington state population: 7,2888,000
Clark County makes up 6.4% of the state’s population
High school graduate or higher: 91.7%
Greater Clark parks district parks: 30 (with 5 more planned)
Clark County population: 467,018
Clark County is the second most densely populated county in the state
Veteran population: 34,137 (10.1% of 18+ civilized population)
Mean travel time to work 26 minutes
County population by city
Ridgefield: 7,066
Camas: 21,393
Washougal: 15,466
Battle Ground: 20,110
Yacolt: 1,566
Northern regions (Woodland, Kalama, La Center): 11,359
Born in Washington: 155,288
Foreign born: 46,961
Median age: 38
Average family size: 3.23
Individuals below poverty level: 10.2%
Median household income: $62,879
Own: 64.7%
Rent: 35.3%
Occupied housing units: 164,354 (95.1%)
Median rent: $1,022
Median mortgage: $1,620
Vacant housing units: 8,520 (4.9%)
Median home sales price: $320,321
1/3 of the labor force over 50,000 workers commutes to Portland daily, while only 11,000 commutes in the opposite direction

If you are a business considering moving to Vancouver, someone from the Marketing EQ team would be glad to take you on a Vancouver tour and show you around. We will take you to a few of our favorite hot spots. If you are interested in a private tour, please call (360) 737-9888.

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