Located along the northern bank of the majestic Columbia River, Vancouver is the county seat of Washington State’s Clark County. Established just before the advent of the Civil War, Vancouver is the fourth-largest city in the state of Washington, with a population just under 162,000 as of the 2010 census. Vancouver and Portland combine to form part of America’s 23rd-largest metro area, the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area.

A Rose By Many Other Names

Contrary to popular belief, America’s Vancouver is older than its Canadian counterpart. Vancouver, British Columbia wasn’t incorporated until nearly three decades after Washington’s city of the same name. As a means for colloquial differentiation, the American city is sometimes referred to as “Vantucky” and “The ‘Couv(e).”

A Brief History of Vancouver

Originally inhabited by members of the Klickitat and Chinook Native American tribes, western settlers first encountered Vancouver’s musk in 1775, mere months before America’s inaugural birthday party. Measles, malaria, smallpox and influenza soon decimated the ranks of Vancouver’s original residents, a development that lent itself to rapid European settlement.

Vancouver’s Economic Drivers

Notable employers in Vancouver, Washington include Kaiser Permanente, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, BNSF Railway, Evergreen Public Schools, The Vancouver Clinic, Clark County, the City of Vancouver, Fred Meyer and Clark College. Vancouver Public Schools include Hudson’s Bay High School, Vancouver iTech Preparatory, Columbia River High School, Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, Fort Vancouver High School, Skyview High School and Lewis and Clark High School.

Take a Picture, It’ll Last Longer

Popular Vancouver attractions include Smith Tower, St. James Catholic Church, The Covington House, Mother Joseph’s Providence Academy, the 1941 Clark County Courthouse and Officer’s Row. Vancouver also hosts an annual fireworks display to celebrate the Fourth of July, as well as the Vancouver Wine and Jazz Festival, often cited as the largest jazz festival in the Pacific Northwest.

People & Places of Interest

Vancouver’s sister city is Joyo (Japan). Notable residents include Jason V. Brock, Frances Yeend, Alina Cho, Jeffrey C. Wynn, Tina Ellertson, Tamina Snuka, Ulysses S. Grant, Lon Simmons, Seth Aaron Henderson, Greg Peach, Ron Larson, Chuck Palahniuk, Randy Myers and William F. Nolan.

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