Vancouver, WA Education and City Information

Information About Vancouver

Vancouver, Washington, sits on the Columbia River's north bank, directly across from Portland, Oregon. The Pacific Coast is about 90 miles to the west, and the Cascade Mountain Range is to the east. In 2014, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the population of Vancouver at 169,294. Approximately 81 percent of Vancouver residents identified as white in 2010, with more than 10 percent of people identifying as Latino or Hispanic. The median household income was $50,379 for 2010-2014; this was slightly lower than the national median and significantly lower than the median for all Washington State residents.

Vancouver is a historic city, home to the famed Fort Vancouver, which housed generals including Ulysses S. Grant and George Marshall. Other points of interest include the Vancouver waterfront, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Pearson Air Museum, the Jack Murdock Aviation Center at Pearson Field, the Vancouver Barracks and the Vancouver Farmers Market. Vancouver enjoys mild weather and distinct seasons. Summer temperatures sometimes climb into the 80s, and winter nights seldom fall below 30 degrees.

Education in Vancouver

Vancouver residents seeking a certificate or associate's degree might opt to attend Clark College, a public school that had approximately 11,000 students as of Fall 2014. Vancouver also is home to a campus of Washington State University, which awards bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. Several other colleges and universities are located within a 15-mile radius of Vancouver, many of them across state lines in Portland.

Economy of Vancouver

Top employers in Vancouver include the Vancouver and Evergreen school districts, Clark College, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and city and county governments. Companies with large numbers of employees were superstore chain Fred Meyer and Rite Aid Pharmacy. Vancouver also is the corporate headquarters for Nautilus Inc.

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