Vancouver Washington Information
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Vancouver, Washington is located on the northern side of the Columbia River directly across the river from Portland, Oregon. Ninty miles to the west are the shores of the Pacific Coast at the mouth of the Columbia River. Vancouver sits on the Western edge of the Cascade Mountain Range, less than fifty miles from Mt. Hood, Oregon. Just to the north of Vancouver is United States only active volcano, Mount St. Helens and the Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Less than fifteen minutes drive on Washington State Highway 14 is the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area than spans several miles to the East of Vancouver. Vancouver combines small-town charm with the excitement of a major metropolitan area plus enormous outdoor recreational areas.
The exact longitude and latitude for Vancouver Washington is Latitude:45.638728° and Longitude:-122.661486°. Where is Vancouver Washington on a map?
Find out more at the All About City of Vancouver page.
More at: Vancouver WA Vital Statistics.
Early Vancouver WA History
Vancouver Washington is one of the oldest established cities in the Pacific Northwest. Name after the sea captain explorer George Vancouver. The city originated in 1825, as a community theat grew around the local fur trading post, Fort Vancouver. The following historical information comes from the City of Vancouver History pages:
Indigenous people lived along the “Wimal” River for at least 10,000 years before the arrival of Euro-Americans. The abundance of salmon and other foods made it one of the most densely populated areas north of Mexico. The Chinook people lived in towns close to the river. They built large rectangular houses from cedar planks. They also used cedar to make canoes to travel the river and trade. Cowlitz and Klickitat tribes also lived in the area, along the tributary rivers. Smallpox and other diseases decimated the Chinooks and by the 1835, most of their towns were abandoned.
In 1602, a Spanish expedition sailed from Mexico to explore the North American coast. Martín de Aguilar, captain of one of the ships, recorded a “rapid and abundant” river entering the ocean. Early maps showed the “Rio d’Aguilar,” also called “River of the West.” Other Spanish ships wrecked on the coast but no more exploration happened until 1774. The following year Bruno Heceta detected a large bay between two capes, but did not try to enter it. He called it “Ensenada de Asuncion” but Spanish maps also referred to it as “Rio de San Roque”.
Read more at: City of Vancouver History
Find out more about Vancouver Washington History
Vancouver, Washington’s rich history spans from the Lewis & Clark expedition in 1806, when Meriwether Lewis had the wisdom to characterize the area as “the only desired situation for settlement west of the Rocky Mountains.” Fortunately for history buffs, Vancouver hasn’t forgotten its past. Our historic attractions, museums, and parks will take you back to learn and, in some cases, even relive some exciting times. You’ll find plenty of fascinating ways to experience our past from the Native American fur trade days, to the settlement of Fort Vancouver, to the establishment of one of the oldest cities in the State of Washington.
Vancouver USA is one of only two cities in the Pacific Northwest to have a U.S. National Park Service Historic Site in its downtown core. Fort Vancouver National Historic Site includes a reconstructed fort with a bastion, seasonal gardens, an outlying village, and working trade houses for baking, carpentry, and blacksmithing. Set on 191-acres next to the Columbia River, the Fort is a not-to-miss experience unique to Vancouver! Learn more about Fort Vancouver’s rich history.
Just a 30-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, the Cedar Creek Grist Mill is the only stone-grinding, water-powered grain mill in Washington. The mill is open on weekends and hosts annual events like Bread and Butter Day and Apple Cider Pressing. Visit the mill in the fall to enjoy the picture perfect colors of the changing season. To the east in Yacolt, the Pomeroy Living History Farm is an interactive educational museum depicting farm life in the early 20th century. Events include farm tours, a petting zoo, a working blacksmith shop, and seasonal celebrations.
The City of Vancouver official statistics as of January 2017 show the following:
Median Household Income: $50,626
Unemployment Rate (August 2016): 6.6%
People below the poverty level: 14.8%
Largest Occupational Group: Management, business, science and arts occupations (32.1%)
Largest Industry Employment Rate: Educational services, health care and social assistance (20.3%)
Largest Class of Worker: Private wage and salary workers (81.5%)
Number of Private Sector* Businesses: 4,937 (95% are considered small businesses with 50 employees or less)
Number of Private Sector* Jobs: 63,727
Number of Clark County residents who commute to Portland for work (appx.): 56,000https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/googlebot-fetch?hl=en&siteUrl=http://hencoplumbing.com/&path=?page_id=2194
Number of Portland residents who commute to Clark County for work (appx.): 14,000
Average one-way travel time to work: 23.2 minutes
Drive alone to work: 76.1%
Take transit to work: 3.1%
Home ownership rate: 49.4%
Renter-occupied housing units: 49.1%
Notice the large percentage of workers who commute to the Portland, Oregon area every day. This creates a significant contribution to the “Travel Time to Work” statistic. For individuals who both live and work in Vancouver, WA the commute time is very low. The number of Private Sector jobs is rising rapidly as more businesses either start or relocate to Vancouver. Also, the robust economy is contributing to this increase, as is the livability and low taxes in Vancouver, WA.
Zillow states that the median home value in Vancouver is $288,700. Vancouver home values have gone up 7.9% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 3.2% within the next year. The median list price per square foot in Vancouver is $201, which is lower than the Portland Metro average of $217. The median price of homes currently listed in Vancouver is $315,000 while the median price of homes that sold is $284,251. The median rent price in Vancouver is $1,600, which is lower than the Portland Metro median of $1,850.
According to realtors in the Vancouver WA area, there is a low supply of homes for sale. Homes do not stay on the market long and industry statistics are skewed to more days “on the market” than the reality of the marketplace. In 2017, many homes are selling within a few days of market availability. Rental homes are very scarce, particularly in the suburb areas. There is rapid real estate development with new housing of both single homes, condominiums and apartments at the boundary area of North Vancouver WA and Ridgefield, WA.
Henco Plumbing Services provides full plumber services for homeowners, businesses, and commercial property managers in Vancouver Washington. We are the leading repipe specialist company in Vancouver WA. We install sewer lines, water lines, as well as bathroom sinks, tubs, and showers plus kitchen sinks, garbage disposals, dishwashers, and refrigerator plumbing for new homes and remodel projects. We can remove old plumbing and install new pipes for your water main or your main sewer line. Just call us at 360-773-8039 to schedule an appointment. We are fully licensed, local plumbing company near you. We service all Vancouver neighborhoods, plus all Clark County cities and Cowlitz County Washington.
Vancouver Washington is an excellent location to start a business or as a relocation destination. Property taxes are lower than across the Columbia River in Portland, Oregon. Additionally, there is no personal income tax in the State of Washington.
The Portland International Airport, ranked as one of the top airports in the United States is very close to Vancouver WA. The PDX airport is lies directly across the Glen Jackson Bridge on Interstate 205 from Vancouver on the Columbia River. Access to the airport is faster from Vancouver WA than most locations in Portland, due to the overcrowding on freeways in the city of Portland.
Many businesses find that Vancouver Washington has much more to offer than other cities in the Pacific Northwest due to cost of living, access to outdoor activities, and quality of the school system.
In 2012, Vancouver, WA became one of the best small cities in the U.S. for business. The state of Washington was ranked Number 10 among all states as an excellent place to start a new business. This has carried forward to the current date. Transportation, low taxes, and highly educated work force are just some of the factors for this highly favorable business environment.
This information from the Columbian Newspaper indicates that the Vancouver area is a great city to locate a business.
Washington state improved its standing in a national assessment of how friendly state tax systems are to businesses, moving from No. 8 last year to No. 7 this year, according to a report released Wednesday by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation.http://hencoplumbing.com/plumbers-plumbing-contractors/vancouver-washington/
The Washington D.C.-based tax research group, which has analyzed fiscal policy at the federal, state and local levels since 1937, said the absence of an individual income tax in Washington puts it among the 10 states with the best tax systems under which to attract new companies and to expand existing ones. This information was provided by author Aaron Corvin, Columbian Port & Economy Reporter. Read more at The Columbian Newspaper.
If you are considering starting a business or relocating a business to Vancouver, WA, the City of Vancouver provides several resources. We’ve taken excerpts from the City of Vancouver website to provide information about the city’s business licensing rules and regulations
CITY BUSINESS LICENSE. Vancouver requires a business to hold a city business license if it is either (1) physically located within city limits, or (2) entering city limits to conduct business.
- Separate city business license. A separate city business license is required for each permanent business location in the city. In addition, if more than one business is operated from a single location, a separate city business license is required for each business.
- Partnership with Washington State. Vancouver is partnered with the Washington State Department of Revenue, Business Licensing Service (BLS), for the administration of its city business licenses ….
- Exemption from city license fees. Businesses that qualify for one or more of Vancouver’s nonprofit or other exemption criteria, are exempt from paying city license fees. To claim nonprofit or exempt status, select the applicable category when completing the City Addendum part of the license application and provide any required citations or attachments.
More information is available at the City of Vancouver WA Business License page.
Note: Henco Plumbing Services is fully licensed. We also carry extensive business insurance to ensure all our customers will be covered financially should there be any incident resulting in property damage or personal injury at our job site locations.
Business License Fees:
City of Vancouver Business License Fee
|Base License Fee||$125.00||per location|
|Surcharge (Employee Fee)||$ 80.00||per full-time equivalent (FTE) employee**|
|TOTAL||$205.00||Minimum Annual License Fee / Location|
* Minimum Employee Fee: $80.00 (for 1 FTE)
* Maximum Employee Fee: $32,000.00 (for 400 FTEs)
* Effective January 1, 2018, surcharge will increase to $90 per FTE employee** up to 400 FTEs, not to exceed a total surcharge fee of $36,000 per business.
** “Employee” is defined as: Any person working in the city that is on business’ payroll or that is a self-employed person, sole proprietor, owner, manager, or partner of the business. (Persons working for a business through an employment agency are considered employees of the agency.)
More business information: Looking to connect with other business owners in Vancouver WA? The Vancouver Chamber of Commerce is very active and a great place to meet new and established business owners
Do you enjoy the outdoor lifestyle? If you do, Vancouver WA is the place for you. There is great access to miles of hiking as well as biking, kayaking, sailing, and motor boat fun. Do you like great food? The Vancouver restaurant scene offers a wide variety of excellent choices. Or, if you prefer, step out to the Farmers Market for fresh and interesting foods. Looking for more sophisticated entertainment? Check out the art galleries and public art displays as well as the Vancouver Symphony. Would you like a spectacular view of the mountains? Try a drive up the Columbia Gorge on Highway 14 for some of the most amazing views of the Columbia River and Cascade Mountain Range. You can find more information at the Vancouver WA entertainment page
Vancouver Public Schools receive a B rating from Niche Places to Live. The public schools in Vancouver, WA are improving rapidly with the increase in high education families moving into the area. In 2017, the City of Vancouver public schools was comprised of 21 elementary schools, 6 middle schools, 5 high schools, a STEM school, an arts school, plus 3 additional programs. Get more information at Vancouver WA schools web page.
Washington State University Vancouver Campus located in north side of Vancouver is a 351 acre facility with a student population of 3400+ in 2016. The Vancouver WSU campus offers a wide range of courses in many academic fields, including Biology, Accounting, Business Management, Economics, Geology, and several foreign languages.
Clark College, located just East of the Vancouver WA downtown core area provides many courses including Arts and Humanities, Business and Office, Professional and Technical, Computer Technology, Health Care, STEM and Traditional Studies. Clark College has an enrollment of over 13,000 students with a mix of full and part time students. These enrollment figures are rising rapidly.
Vancouver Washington Map Location
Notice that the city of Vancouver Washington appears much smaller on the map than most people would imagine. The reason for this is due to the suburbs adjacent to the City of Vancouver WA. Most notably, the unincorporated community of Hazel Dell, that is located to the North of Vancouver, plus Minnehaha, Five Corners, Felida, Mt. Vista, and Salmon Creek.