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It's always a great time to visit Vancouver USA, but you may not want to leave after falling in love with the natural beauty, lively downtown communities, and historic attractions that have made Vancouver a thriving destination.

With mild weather, quality jobs and schooling, abundant outdoor recreational options, a low crime rate and an even lower cost of living, Vancouver and Clark County are a great place to visit, raise a family, or settle down and retire.

For assistance with utility and transportation providers see our Relocation Services page. Find top employers here and education information here.

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Clark County: 451,820

Vancouver: 170,400 

As more people discover and appreciate the original Vancouver, it continues to grow. Downtown Vancouver is experiencing several revitalization projects which increases urban living options, green spaces, offices, and shops. A $1.3 billion mixed-use waterfront project is on track for the next few years. With no state income tax, easy access to outdoor recreational activities, and excellent quality of life, Vancouver is one of the top places to live.


Property Tax Collections Per Capita (State Average): $1,279

Retail Sales Tax (Vancouver): 8.4%

No personal or corporate income tax.

Housing Costs

Current median home price and median monthly rental costs:

  • $235,000 
  • $941


Vancouver offers a year-round mild climate. Summer temperatures average in the 70s and winter temperatures rarely dip below freezing. Despite the stereotype of the rainy Pacific Northwest, the Vancouver area receives an average of only 39 inches of rain annually, which is far less rain than many East Coast cities.

  • Average High Temp in July: 80.5°F
  • Average Low Temp in January: 34.9°F

Health Care

  • Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital - Southwest Washington’s newest hospital boasts a range of innovations to improve the health and quality of life for our community.
  • PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center - This 150-year-old organization is one of the largest employers in Clark County and has evolved into a nationally recognized Top 100 Hospital.
  • The Vancouver Clinic - For more than 75 years, The Vancouver Clinic has served the families of Southwest Washington with comprehensive medical services at multiple locations throughout Clark County.
  • Vancouver Division, Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center - The 50-acre campus houses clinics and programs providing comprehensive physical and mental health service for veterans.
  • Kaiser Permanente - Local representation of one of the nation’s largest health plans includes medical office buildings and representation at Legacy Salmon Creek.
  • ZOOM+Care - Schedule a same-day visit for illness, injury, or preventive care at one of ZOOM+Care's two 'on demand' Vancouver clinics that are open seven days a week.


Clark College is the largest single-campus provider of for-credit classes in Washington's community and technical college system. Clark welcomes more than 16,000 students to its 101-acre campus in Vancouver Central Park each quarter to pursue degrees leading to a multitude of career pathways.

Washington State University is a multi-campus land grant Tier 1 research institution with a commitment to undergraduate and graduate instruction, research, and extension. WSU Vancouver is located on a beautiful 351-acre campus near scenic Mount Vista and offers more than 37 fields of studies and 11 graduate degree programs.

CREDC LogoData courtesy of Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC), which offers free and confidential assistance to businesses seeking to relocate or expand to the area.






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