Vancouver is a city in Washington that is located on Oregon border across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon. Its vibrant downtown area and historic appeal has made it an enticing option for retirees.
Climate and Geography
Vancouver is a large suburb just north of Portland located on the northbank of the Columbia River. Residents can expect to experience moderate temperatures all year round, with temperatures averaging in the mid 50s and 60s. Vancouver also experiences less sunny days than the U.S average.
The city is home to popular lakes and historical landmarks. Aside from being a suburb to [popular Portland, Vancouver has a vibrant downtown area, offering a great metropolitan feel.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Residents of Vancouver enjoy the city’s downtown area by exploring all the restaurants and antique malls. There are also many wineries, breweries, and the waterfront.
Those looking to get outside the city can do so by driving out to Salmon Creek Park or Vancouver Lake Park. Here, residents can experience the nature and scenery of Vancouver. They can also catch a helicopter tour of Multnomah Falls or a waterfall located in the Columbian River Gorge, just an hour outside the city.
Locals enjoy attending many of the historical museums of the city and paying a visit to the downtown farmers markets. The proximity to Portland means the city's restaurants and entertainment options are always a drive away.
Cost of Living & Taxes
Washington has a higher cost of living than the national average, and this remains consistent for the city of Vancouver. The median home cost in Vancouver is significantly higher when compared nationwide, but slightly less than the state. Other costs such as groceries and utilities are about the same as the nation’s averages, but the cost of transportation is higher.
Washington is a tax-friendly state. There are no taxes on Social Security benefits and other retirement income, which is ideal for retirees. Residents who are 60 and older, especially homeowners, qualify for a number of tax breaks.
Washington ranks amongst some of the top states on the Gallup’s Well-Being Index.
Vancouver is home to three hospitals and medical centers. They are the PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, and Legacy Emanuel Medical Hospital, each of which are rated high performing in at least two procedures and conditions by U.S News.