Vancouver : Washington


What It Is Like to Retire in Vancouver

Vancouver is a fairly large city of over 100,000 in southern Washington, just north of Portland. Not to be confused with Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada.  Lewis and Clark camped near here during their historic western explorations. Photo of Aerial View of Vancouver, in the Public Domain, courtesy of Wikipedia and MB298.

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Where to Retire in Vancouver and Home Prices

According to Zillow, the median home value in Vancouver was $359,171 in early 2020. There are active adult communities in the area.


What Is Special about Vancouver

Vancouver is located along the Columbia River and offers a lot of outdoor recreation and has a national forest nearby;  transportation is easy with two interstates bordering the town, it also has an Amtrak station and airports are nearby;  the town is a growing artist and music community and has a dedicated art district with several galleries and shops; there is no state income tax; Luepke Senior Center is an active organization for those over 50; Washington State Vancouver and Clark College are located here making it a college town.


What Is Not Special about Vancouver

High cost of living; average temperatures in summer are only in the 60's; crime rate is a little above the national average


Who Will Like Retirement in Vancouver

Those who like outdoor activity for every season, along with art, music and history, would enjoy living here.


Local Economy Is Driven by

Business and Management drive the economy. Many in the workforce commute to Portland, Oregon, located just across the Columbia River.


Climate and Physical Environment

The average Jan temperature is about 40 and the average July temperature in the high 60s.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Vancouver has a symphony orchestra and a refubished movie theater,  the Kiggen Theatre, that now host independent films and community events. The city also has many festivals and events throughout the year, and is home to many artists and art galleries.



The crime rate is slightly above average.


Medical Facilities

Vancouver has several medical facilities including Peace Health Southwest and Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center.



Transportation is not a problem in Vancouver.  C-TRAN is Vancouver's public transportation system, and it also has access to I-5 and  I-205 and an Amtrak station in town.  There is a small airport in Vancouver for general aviation, but Portland International Airport is just 12 miles away.

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What people are saying about Vancouver

Lee commented: The article on Vancouver uses the word \"livable\" five times to describe the city. Exactly what does that mean? It sounds like one of those \"fuzzy\" words, like \"affordable [housing]\". And since it has \"...homelessness, crime and some gangs\", it doesn\'t sound too \"livable\" to me Editor commented: Fair enough, and thanks for a thoughtful comment. Livable is a buzzword that is popular. AARP defines ...\"A livable community is one that is safe and secure, has affordable and appropriate housing and transportation options, and offers supportive community features and services.\" That still feels a little nebulous, but in my mind livable means a town or city where you can walk, bike, take a bus or trolley to wherever you want to go, and don\'t have to drive. Where traffic is tolerable. Housing options are various. Where cultural and recreation opportunities and parks are plentiful. In other words, living is easy and there is plenty to do to make life enjoyable. As far as gangs and crime, you will find that in every city in certain neighborhoods. It is a question of degree.
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Facts about VANCOUVER
  • State: WA
  • Environment: College Town,Small-mid Sized City,
  • City Population: 100,001+
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $300,001-$500,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: 2000-4000
  • Total Crime Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Culture Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: No
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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