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Quick Facts

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains, on the north bank of the Columbia River, Vancouver USA is as naturally beautiful as it is diverse. No other city in the Pacific Northwest offers such a combination of colorful history, recreational activities, charming shops, extraordinary eateries, a burgeoning wine region, affordable attractions, and charming hospitality.

Population

  • Clark County: 425,363
  • Vancouver: 158,855

Geography
Vancouver is located on the north shore of the Columbia River, just north of Portland, Oregon. It is approximately 100 miles south of the Pacific Ocean, 164 miles south of Seattle and 120 miles north of Eugene, Oregon, and is located just off of the major north-south Interstate 5. Portland International Airport, which is just 15 minutes away, services Vancouver and Clark County. Vancouver USA is in the Pacific Standard Time (PST) zone.

WeatherBoat Fishing on River
Vancouver, Washington, enjoys beautiful summers and mild winters. While the stereotype is that we get close to non-stop rain, the area actually gets far less rainfall than many popular destination cities. View the current weather conditions to learn more about our mild climate.

History
Fort Vancouver was established in 1825 by the Hudson’s Bay Company as a fur trading post and provisional center. It became the center of political, cultural and commercial activities in the Pacific Northwest. Vancouver USA, named after British explorer Captain George Vancouver, was incorporated in 1857—30 years prior to the Canadian city Vancouver, B.C. Clark County was named in honor of the great explorer William Clark, of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Labor Force

  • Employed: 210,430
  • Unemployed: 24,380
  • Average Hourly Wage: $25.03

 Top Major Private Employers in Clark County  
 Southwest Washington Medical Center  2,744
 Fred Meyer Stores  1,403
 WaferTech LLC  950
 Clark College  840
 Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center  825
 The Vancouver Clinic  823
 Wells Fargo  803
 BNSF Railway Railroad  800
 Kaiser Permanente  748
 SEH America  680

 

Vancouver Spotlight

Featured Events

Apr 26

Vancouver Farmers Market

March 15 – October 26, 2014
The market is Southwest Washington's #1 visitor attraction and home to over 250 vendors. You'll discover fresh and local …more

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Hit the River

The activities in Clark County are endless! You can hike, bike, swim, sail, and more…more
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