Although considered a “bedroom community” by their neighbors to the North, Vancouver, Washington is quickly establishing its own identity. Whether it’s the redevelopment on the Columbia River, its ties to the local history, or the cheaper cost of living, the 4th largest city in Washington is becoming an attractive place to relocate to.
Not the first thought when it comes to finding a place to live, but Vancouver finds itself ideally located next to an Interstate highway that ranges from the northern border of the United States to the South. With Portland International Airport just over the Columbia River, Vancouver offers a lot for those who are on the go.
If staying close to home is more your speed, you’ll find plenty to do in Vancouver, WA and the surrounding areas. For those who want a little country with their city, a vibrant nightlife, and entertainment options galore, moving to Vancouver, WA, makes a lot of sense. (Just don’t tell them you’re from California. Haha… just a little regional humor.)
Things to do in Vancouver, WA
Although much smaller than the city in Canada to the North, Vancouver, WA was actually established 40 years before Vancouver British Columbia. Situated equal distance to Mt. Hood and the Pacific Coast, Vancouver offers cheaper housing than Portland, a good education from kindergarten through university, and many other financial amenities.
And, of course, natural amenities. If there’s anything Vancouver does better than Portland, it’s taking advantage of the Columbia River. The largest river in the Pacific Northwest, the downtown Vancouver area is making the most of its view. Several restaurants with patio seating are available as well as a large pier that allows pedestrians to stand above the river.
Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Clark County also offers plenty of serene settings. Lilac Gardens, hiking and jogging trails, waterfront state parks, and country drives that offer a perfect way to spend a summer afternoon. All within easy distance from Vancouver and surrounding towns.
Because of its proximity to the Portland metropolitan area, residents living in Vancouver can enjoy the benefits of the big city, too. Just a (sometimes) quick drive over Interstate 5 or 205, major sports, museums, and enough quirky book stores, video arcades, and other places to visit that keep Portland “Weird.”
Vancouver, WA History
A major reason this Vancouver was “first” is because of the military presence in the early 1800s. This includes one Ulysses S. Grant, albeit before he became such a big deal. Officers Row and the Vancouver Barracks have seen many changes throughout the nearly 200 years of existence, but still maintains the look and feel of when they were first built.
Want to learn a little more history about the area? Fort Vancouver is a replica of the original trading post that also helped establish the city. Moved from the original location and rebuilt, there are weekly tours given throughout the year and special events during the holidays. It is a true look back through history as performers dressed in period garb explain life in Vancouver centuries ago.
Pearson Airfield is one of the two oldest continuously operating airports in the United States. Although mostly used by smaller plane owners or hobbyists, the hangar houses a museum of sorts on Vancouver’s aviation history. The first non-stop transpolar flight – captained by Russian aviator Valery Chkalov – ended at Pearson. The Goodyear blimp even landed there in 1971!
In addition to excellent educational systems, the Clark County area has seen its fair share of athletic success as well. Three of the last six big school football titles reside here as well as multiple soccer, volleyball, basketball, and softball state titles.
But success isn’t limited to just the school year. The Hazel Dell Little League team made it to the Little League World Series in 2000. In fact, several Clark County baseball and softball teams find success every year throughout the nation. Soccer teams also do well, thanks in part to the Portland Timbers youth program.
Smooth Move People have been working in the Portland and Vancouver areas – as well as the rest of the region – since 1989. We handle every type of move there is, from studio apartments to 4,000 square foot homes. We own our own trucks and facilities, so we’re able to offer the lowest prices in town.
In fact, the Oregon Department of Transportation won’t let us go any lower! So you know our prices won’t be beaten – and we feel the same way about our customer service. Our crews are experienced, friendly, and professional. We’ll pack your belongings, load it on to the truck, and bring it all into the new place.
In addition to moving services, we also offer a wide variety of packing supplies like packing tape, packing paper, bubble wrap, and boxes specifically designed for wardrobe, stemware, and plates. Have your own supplies? Great – we’ll use those too! If you have a move across town, over the Columbia River, or from the west coast to the east coast, schedule a move with us today.