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Living in Vancouver, Washington:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Vancouver, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked eight people living in Vancouver what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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It is not a friendly environment. People curse and spit on you. It rains all the time and looks dreary out constantly.

Vancouver, although located in Washington state, is a fairly quiet suburb of Portland, Oregon. Slightly more affordable, and much safer. A great number of people that live in Vancouver work in Oregon. And so commuting is a major pain. There are only 2 bridges crossing the Columbia River between Vancouver and Portland. So plan on traffic. Vancouver is growing quite rapidly over the 22 years I’ve lived here. There was very little traffic when I first moved here. Not anymore. Average home prices were around $140k when I moved here. Now they average 450k. Apartments have exploded everywhere! Any and all available land has some type of building on it now.

Giovanni, says: 2023

Someone moving to Vancouver should know the weather is very rainy for most of the year. We do get hot summers and bouts of warm weather, but the majority of our weather is cold and rainy. We are on the Columbia River, north of Portland, Oregon. Living in Vancouver allows you to feel like you are part of a bigger city, while still living in a more suburban area. Vancouver is also very close to many outdoor recreation areas with hiking, camping, fishing, and other activities.

Christine, says: 2020

Vancouver is in the Pacific Northwest, meaning it is very green and beautiful. We are close enough to Portland, Oregon to enjoy the scene without dealing with the day to day big city feel. There is no state tax in Washington so that is another great aspect to Vancouver living.

Vancouver, WA is a relatively large urban sprawl. The metro area has grown significantly in the last ten years and traffic has greatly increased. The local housing market is very high at the moment. Summers here have an average temperature of eighty degrees, while winters’ average temperature is about 30 degrees.

Asharan, says: 2020

You’re close to Portland, there’s a lot of hiking and adventurous things to do. seattle is also only a few hours away-and there’s tons of sites to see and look at, along it’s a bunch of places to go, my favorite being pikes place. Also, be prepared for rain 90% of the year.

If someone were moving to Vancouver, I should like them to know it is an excellent city. It is a very short drive from the city of Portland, and closely located to Mt. St. Helens, the Columbia River Gorge, and various other outdoor attractions. Vancouver itself is also very nice. A reasonably sized downtown is home to many nice restaurants and shopping opportunities, there is a mall, and there is enough space that one can live comfortably and affordably.

Sabrina, says: 2020

For those interested in moving to Vancouver, Washington, please know that it is not Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The weather and beauty may be the same, but the lesser-known of the two Vancouvers is on the Columbia River right next to Portland, Oregon. Vancouver is something of a bedroom community for those who want to work in Portland but can’t afford to live there.

Jerald, says: 2020

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