Long exposure of the I-5 bridge
Officer's Row cannons at night
Fireworks over Pearson Hanger

Vancouver, Washington, By the Numbers

Last Updated: January 2017

Founded: 1825
Incorporated: Jan. 23, 1857
City Charter Adopted: February 20, 1952
Government Type: Council/Manager
City's Namesake: Captain George Vancouver, British sailor/explorer (1758-1798)

Population (2016 estimate): 173,500
Area: 49.86 square miles
Density: 3,320 people per square mile
Elevation: 150 - 290 feet
Latitude: 45° 37' 32.358" N
Longitude: 122° 40' 31.7994" (measured at City Hall, 415 W. 6th St.)

Our People

Median Age: 36.4 years
Age 65 and over: 13.7%
Age 19 and younger: 25.4%

Women: 51.7%
Men: 48.3%
Veterans: 10.7%
Disabled: 14.2%
White: 78.8%
Hispanic/Latino: 11.6%
Asian: 5.3%
Two or more races: 5.7%
Other: 4.8%
African American: 2.9%
Native American: 0.8%
Pacific Islander: 1.7%
Speak a language other than English in the home: 18.9%

7.8% Spanish
6.0% Other Indo-European languages (e.g. Russian, Ukrainian, etc.)
4.7% Asian and Pacific Islander
0.3% Other languages

The Economy

Median Household Income: $50,626
Unemployment Rate (August 2016): 6.6%
People below the poverty level: 14.8%
Largest Occupational Group: Management, business, science and arts occupations (32.1%)
Largest Industry Employment Rate: Educational services, health care and social assistance (20.3%)
Largest Class of Worker: Private wage and salary workers (81.5%)
Number of Private Sector* Businesses: 4,937 (95% are considered small businesses with 50 employees or less)
Number of Private Sector* Jobs: 63,727
Number of Clark County residents who commute to Portland for work (appx.): 56,000
Number of Portland residents who commute to Clark County for work (appx.): 14,000
Average one-way travel time to work: 23.2 minutes
Drive alone to work: 76.1%
Take transit to work: 3.1%
Home ownership rate: 49.4%
Renter-occupied housing units: 49.1%

Tax Rates**

Property Tax Rate (City only): $2.7996 per $1,000
Total Sales Tax Rate: 8.4%

State: 6.5%
City: 1%
C-TRAN: 0.7%
County: 0.2%

Your City Services

Number of Fire Stations: 10
City-owned Parkland (including undeveloped open spaces): 1,580 acres
Parks: 113 (76 developed)
Trails: 20 miles
Number of Police Officers: 198 (1 police officer for every 876 people)
City Street Lane Miles: 1,816
Water Pipe: 1,026 miles
Sewer Pipe: 762.5 miles

* Does not include public sector/government jobs
** 2017 rates

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau (2015 American Community Survey & 2010 Census), Washington State Office of Financial Management (population estimate), Clark County Treasurer’s Office, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, City of Vancouver