Vancouver (Washington)

Clark County


Vancouver ( Vancouver USA or even The Couve ) is a city on the north bank of the Columbia River in the U.S. state of Washington. The city is the county seat of Clark County and is the major region of the Pacific Northwest on. It has 161 791 inhabitants ( 2010).


In 1806, the participants of the Lewis and Clark expedition camped in the area. Lewis wrote about the place that he was the most suitable spots for settling west of the Rocky Mountains. However, the first white settlement took place until 1825, when Fort Vancouver was established as a trading company of the Hudson's Bay Company. Vancouver was awarded city rights on 23 January 1857.

The Canadian Vancouver was not until 1886, city, almost 30 years later than the U.S. and Vancouver over 60 years later as the Fort Vancouver.


The much larger city of Vancouver in British Columbia (Canada) is located about 400 km north. Both cities were named after British Captain George Vancouver.

The city administration has repeatedly tried in vain to change the city name to Fort Vancouver, as it very often leads to confusion with the same Canadian city.


The western Vancouver is original and includes the town center. East Vancouver is a mix of residential and commercial areas.

Population Development

¹ 1980-2010: census results


The city has an area of ​​119.5 km ², of which 110.8 km ² of land and 8.7 km ² are water surfaces.

A very large number of commuters working in Portland (Oregon ). Many residents frequently drive in the neighboring state of Oregon to shop there tax free.


According to the census of 2000, there 143 560 people living in 56 628 households ( 36,298 families). 84.81 % of the population are white, 2.50 % are black, and 0.97 % are descendants of indigenous peoples.


In Vancouver, the Washington State University ( Pullman headquarters ) a branch office. Other educational institutions are the city's community college, " Clark College ", the artistic training specialized Vancouver School of Arts and Academics ( Grades 6-12 ) and the Columbia River High School, an International Baccalaureate school.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Michael Reed Barratt, Astronaut
  • Donald Behm, wrestler and Olympic medalist
  • Greg Biffle, NASCAR driver
  • James Dunsmuir, Canadian politician and industrialist
  • Peter Lenz (1997-2010), motorcycle racer
  • Derek Raivio, Basketball Player
  • Joel Shatzky, writer and professor of literature
  • Alfred Sully, an officer in the Indian Wars and the American Civil War
  • Bonnie Wetzel, jazz bassist of swing and modern jazz