Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains, on the north bank of the Columbia River, Vancouver is as naturally beautiful as it is diverse. Incorporated in 1857, it is the fourth largest city in the state, with a population of 170,000+. Vancouver is the county seat of Clark County and forms part of the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area, the 23rd largest metropolitan area in the United States. It is the largest suburb of Portland, Oregon. Originally established in 1825 around Fort Vancouver, a fur trading outpost, the city is located on the Washington-Oregon border along the Columbia River, directly north of Portland.
Explore the things to do and you will find no other city in the Pacific Northwest offers such a combination of colorful history, recreational activities, charming shops, extraordinary restaurants, a burgeoning wine region, affordable attractions, charming hospitality and premier events. In 2005, Money magazine named it No. 91 on its list of best places in America to live. In 2016, WalletHub ranks Vancouver the 39th best place to live for families in the US.