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Vancouver is becoming a great destination because of its diverse attractions, best outdoors, charming hospitality, colorful past and rich art and cultural scene. This place is worth a visit. So if you’re on board, here are some important and interesting facts to know to make your trip a memorable and exciting one. 

 Interstate Bridge and Columbian River
Image By plfy [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Vancouver Geographic and Demographic Fast Facts

  • Vancouver lies in the U.S. state of Washington, on the northern banks of the Columbia River.
  • It is located in the southwest part of the Washington, United States, just north of Portland. 
  • The city is surrounded by the Cascade Mountains (east), the Pacific Ocean (west), and the Mount St. Helens (north).
  • It is the fourth largest city in Washington. 
  • It is the county seat of Clark County and also part of the Portland-Vancouver metro area.
  • It is the twenty-third largest metropolitan area in the U.S.
  • The main thoroughfares servicing Vancouver include I-205, I-84 and I-5. Also, Washington state highways 500 and 14 service the city. 
  • It has one sister city- Joyo, Japan. 
  • The ethnic composition of Vancouver includes White-80.9%, African American-2.9%, Native American-1.0%, Asian-5.0%, Pacific Islander-1.0%, from other races-4.3%, and from two or more races-4.8%.

Vancouver History Fast Facts

  • Vancouver was originally known as “Fort Vancouver”.
  • In 1825, Fort Vancouver was established by the Hudson’s Bay Company. 
  • It became the hub for cultural, commercial and political activities in the Pacific Northwest. 
  • It is home to the oldest apple trees in Washington that was planted in 1826. The tree is regarded as the “great grandfather” of the Apple Industry of Washington State. 
  • In 1857, it was incorporated as a city and renamed as Vancouver. 
  • Vancouver served as the Washington territory capita from 1859 to 1860. Later it was moved back to Olympia.
  • The city was named after Captain George Vancouver, a British explorer who discovered this place in the eighteenth century. 
  • The first rail line reached Vancouver in 1908 through the Washington side of the Columbian River. 
  • It was home of the largest spruce lumber mill for construction of the airplane during WWI.
  • During World War II, it served as the major shipbuilding center.
  • Major shipbuilding center during World War II
  • The city is home to the U.S. oldest operating airfield- the Pearson Field. 

Vancouver Government and Economy Fast Facts

  • Vancouver has a council-manager form of government.
  • The economy of Vancouver is based on the economics of the neighboring city- Portland, Oregon. 
  • The economy of Vancouver is dominated by service and high tech industry.

Vancouver Important and Interesting Fast Facts

  • Vancouver is nicknamed as “Vantucky” or “The Couve”. 
  • In Vancouver, there is no income tax. 
  • Gregory Jack “Greg” Biffle, famous NASCAR driver was born in Vancouver. 
  • Vancouver hosts the largest jazz festival in the Pacific Northwest- the Vancouver Wine and Jazz Festival that attracts several thousands of people. 
  • The oldest residence in the city is the Grant House that was constructed in 1849. Today, it serves as a well-known restaurant. 
  • In 1999, the city got a “Walkable Community Award” by Walking Magazine. It has over 40 miles of urban trails. 
  • Vancouver was ranked ninety-one on the list of “Best Places to live in the US” by Money Magazine (2005).
  • In 2005, the city was labeled as a “Preserve America Community” for its preservation efforts of the natural and cultural heritage resources of the community. 
  • Vancouver was ranked sixth on the list of “Best Places to live for families in America” by WallterHub (2015). 
  • As per Amazon.com (2015), the city is ranked 5th most romantic city in the country on the basis of the purchases made by the residents at the online retailer.
  • The city shares its name with the Vancouver city in the British Columbia, Canada. Both the cities- Vancouver, Washington and Vancouver, Canada were named after Captain George Vancouver.
  • Vancouver is ranked tenth on the list of the most peaceful metro area in the America by The Atlantic (2012).
  • The daily newspaper of Vancouver is the “The Columbian”. 
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