Vancouver, WA

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Vancouver profile

Living in Vancouver

Vancouver is a relatively large city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 174,826 people and 74 constituent neighborhoods, Vancouver is the fourth largest community in Washington.

Unlike some cities, Vancouver isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Vancouver are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Vancouver is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Vancouver who work in office and administrative support (13.99%), sales jobs (10.70%), and management occupations (8.72%).

Also of interest is that Vancouver has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Vancouver is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Vancouver, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

The overall education level of Vancouver is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 26.66% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Vancouver in 2010 was $27,839, which is upper middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $111,356 for a family of four. However, Vancouver contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Vancouver is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Vancouver home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Vancouver residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Vancouver also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.39% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Vancouver include Irish, English, Norwegian, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Vancouver is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Slavic languages.