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7.4 miles North of Portland, OR. Seat of County Government.
Settled in 1825 incorporated in
1857. 46.1 sq miles. 2011 est. population, 162,300 city proper,
Greater vicinity 300,000 including
several un-incorporated adjacent communities. Among these
include, Felida (13.3 miles NNW of Portland), Hazel Dell (10.7
miles North of Portland), Salmon Creek (13.5 miles North of
Portland), Orchards (11.1 miles NE of Portland), and Sifton
(12.4 miles NE of Portland).
The Orchards/Sifton Area makes up about 65,000 people and the "Three
Creeks" Area of Felida, Hazel Dell and Salmon Creek make up about
70,000 people. There are ten public high schools from three
districts serving the greater Vancouver area. additionally
there are several private schools, public continuation high school
and the Clark County Skills Center.
Vancouver has recently begun an ambitious
redevelopment of it's formerly aged and decrepit downtown area. Click
here for info on Downtown Redevelopment. Beginning with a beautiful restoration of Esther Short Park (the
oldest public square in the Northwest) to the completion of mid
rise and high rise apartment and condo buildings and the new Hilton Hotel and
Convention Center, downtown is back with a vengeance. With
hundreds of millions of dollars already poured into this brilliant
revitalization, nearly a billion dollars more is forecast to be
invested in other downtown projects and the opening of the Downtown
Waterfront on the old Boise Cascade site. No city
will be able to boast of such a fantastic waterfront on the mightiest
river in the west.
This city is well laid out and offers old
fashioned neighborhoods with classic Norman Rockwell essence as well as Orange County style
development. Controversial plans are underway to improve traffic over the
Columbia River between Portland and Vancouver. Click
here for info on Columbia River Crossing Project.
The highway access is excellent with North and South
routes covered by I-5, I-205, SR-503 and 164th Avenue. The East
and West is covered by SR-14, SR-500, Padden Parkway, Mill Plain Blvd
and Fourth Plain Blvd. I love this town!
Here is an interactive panorama of downtown
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Ground, 18.9 miles NE of Portland, OR. 2011 Population
17,780, 3.6 sq miles. Fast growing town just
North of Orchards/Vancouver. Battle Ground is close in to
Vancouver and Portland but still has that small town charm.
The big 4-A high school in town draws students from all over the North and
East county area. This is a great area to own a home on small
acreage. Battle Ground Lake State Park is literally just
outside the city limits and offers camping and recreation. The
lake was formed when rain water filled a volcano crater. The
county and state are completing a major over haul of SR-502 that
will link Battle Ground directly to I-5. There are numerous
legends about the name "Battle Ground" but historians say
a great battle "almost" happened but diplomacy between Fort
Vancouver and local Indians won the day. Back to map.
13.4 miles ENE of Portland, OR. 2011 Population 19,620, 12.6
sq miles. Nice river front town with most of the homes
along steep hillsides overlooking the Columbia River, Portland and Vancouver.
The city has a large Georgia Pacific paper mill which still employs
hundreds of people. The downtown area is quaint and charming and
filled with great stores and restaurants. Lacamas lake provides boating and other recreational
activities. Camas is an affluent community with most homes
priced well above the county median of $205,000. The state of
Washington has begun the road work to complete the SR-14 freeway
from the west side of Camas all the way to 32nd Avenue in
Washougal. This should be a good thing for these two
communities. Camas has one high school Back to map.
16.4 miles ENE of Portland, OR. 2011 Population 14,210, 5 sq
miles. Eastern most city in Clark County. The
Gateway to the Gorge! Literally, the entrance to the Columbia
River Gorge National Scenic Area is just a few hundred yards beyond
the city limits. The area also is host to a national Moto-Cross
event each year. Washougal is a town that has grown
dramatically over the last 2-3 years. The town features a
river front area that is flat and filled with older homes and the
downtown area. Then as you rise up the hillsides newer homes
are everywhere. Washougal was host to several Clark County
Parade of Homes in which magnificent homes are built and
toured. Washougal still feels like a small town and is another
great place to seek housing on small acreage. If you can't
afford river front property on the Columbia (few people not named
Gates or Buffet can) You may find charming water front
property on Washougal's own river. The Washougal River runs
From Camas through Downtown Washougal and up into the Cascade
foothills. It's name is a Chinook Indian word for
"Rushing Waters". Washougal High serves the
community. Back to map.
20.4 miles NNW of Portland, OR. 2011 Population 4,975,
5.1 sq miles. Don't let the population fool you,
this town is ready to explode with I-5 access and a port on the
Columbia. Much building is underway including a large
commercial and industrial area right on I-5. In the last 5-10
years many affluent people have moved into the area building custom
homes on small acreage. Ridgefield has a
great little town center and the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge
is a bird watchers dream. Ridgefield High serves the
community. Back to map.
26.4 miles North of Portland, OR. 2011 Population 5,550 only
85 in Clark county, 2.6 sq miles. Woodland is actually the
southernmost city in Cowlitz County but 85 of it's
residents are in Clark County. Woodland is a town with allot
to offer including good values on real estate. It is just 20
miles north of Vancouver and less than 30 miles to Downtown Portland
yet locals act like it's on the moon. The Lewis River brings
fresh mountain water through the heart of this town and it is the
gateway to the 3 large reservoirs above, Merwin, Yale and Swift. This
town also has a great golf course. Lewis River Golf Course includes
a monster 687 yarder amongst it's 18 gorgeous holes. Tiger
can't even hit that green in two shots. Woodland High serves
the community. Back to map.
Center, 23.5 miles North of Portland, OR. 2011 Population
0.9 sq miles. This is a gamblers
haven with several card rooms and small casinos run by local Native American
tribes and other business people. This charming town is
in the middle of a big controversy over the plans for a HUGE casino
to be run by the Cowlitz Indians. La Center has easy I-5 access and is away from
the hustle and bustle of the city. It's high school draws only
those students that are in close so it is small and charming. The
city ranges from 100-300 feet in elevation. Back to map.
26.9 miles NE of Portland, OR. 2011 Population 1,585,
0.5 sq miles. No, it's not the smallest
incorporated city in Washington state, in fact not even close as it
is ranked 181 (tie with Winlock) out of 281. It is
however Clark County's smallest incorporated city. If you tell
people in Vancouver that you're from Yacolt, they look at you like
you just said Mars. If you tell people from Portland the same thing
they say "Where?" But this great little town is not that
far away. It is just about a dozen miles by road from Battle
Ground. It is up in the Cascade foothills and you can rest assured no
new freeway projects are likely to find there way here. But at
an elevation of just under 1,000 feet this town gets allot more snow
in the winter and backs up to the great open wilderness of
DNR Forest and the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Back to map.
Prairie, 15.8 miles NE of Portland, OR. There is actually a town of Brush
Prairie, it is located just off SR-503 but it really represents a
large area of small ranches and McMansions on small acreage from
Vancouver/Orchards to Battle Ground. The Chelatchie-Prairie Railroad
offers excursions on an old fashioned steam train into the
mountains. Most of this area including the town itself is
unincorporated (2000 census population 2,384) but parts of Brush Prairie are slated to join the
City of Vancouver soon. The area includes Prairie High School
which is well known for it's Championship Basketball program for
both Boys and Girls. Back to map.
miles NE of Portland, OR. This charming little town
looks like Mayberry, USA but it has it's own High School, Middle
School and two grade schools in it's own school district. The
town represents a much larger area that includes very affluent homes
in the Cascade foothills. (2000 census population 5136)
Hockinson is entirely
unincorporated. Back to map.
28.9 miles NE of Portland, OR. This town is halfway to the lakes from Battle Ground.
It features a middle school and grade school as well as a small town
center. Amboy is entirely unincorporated (2000 census
2,085) and includes a large
rural area. Back to map.
NNE of Portland, OR. Dollars Corner is a small unincorporated
town that is named for the Dollar family. The
"town" is little more than one intersection with some cute
shops and services. It is a census tract area that covers a
good sized rural area. (2000 census population 1,039).
There are several antique and second
hand stores in the area. Back to map.
Merwin Back to map.
Lake Back to map.
Pinchot National Forest Back to map.