Why Vancouver is Great for Families

Courtesy of Dawn Woolcott

While across the state line, Vancouver, Washington is considered part of the Portland-metro area sharing many of the same sports teams, entertainment and health resources. In 2023, Vancouver was listed as the 40th fastest-growing city in the U.S. and the fastest-growing city in the Pacific Northwest between 2017 and 2022.

Real estate agent Keith McCuisition doesn’t simply work here, he’s lived in the area his whole life. “Having resided in Southwest Washington for four decades, I’ve witnessed the gradual evolution of neighborhoods and the overall growth of the Vancouver area,” says McCuisition. “What sets Vancouver apart is its diverse range of unique neighborhoods, each catering to various lifestyles.” McCuisition describes how residents can choose from the charm and walkability near historic downtown or mid-century vibes and distinctive homes in DuBois Park and South Cliff. He describes standout regions of Vancouver’s western side such as Felida, Salmon Creek and Lake Shore which are, “marked by the construction of new homes and the establishment of diverse businesses, which brings a suburban walkability to these areas.”

As to how Vancouver fits into the Portland community as a whole, McCuisition says, “Vancouver has become a haven for many, drawing interest from individuals in the Portland area who appreciate its similarity to certain neighborhoods in Portland, often with a more favorable price point and reduced tax burdens. The proximity to Portland, just a short journey across the river, adds to the allure of Vancouver.”

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