Design Your Lifestyle
Welcome to Clark County, Washington
Nestled between Mount St. Helens and the Pacific Coast, our cities offer a mix of urban amenities, suburban neighborhoods, and scenic countrysides. Whether you’re a young professional, a student, or starting a family, discover what makes Clark County the place to design your next chapter.
A Climate for Adventure
Clark County’s climate is as varied as its opportunities. Enjoy the sun-kissed summers – perfect for outdoor enthusiasts – and embrace the crisp winters ideal for cozy indoor gatherings. Our balanced climate ensures that no matter the season, adventure and comfort are always within reach.
Where Careers Flourish
Part of the “Silicon Forest,” the greater Clark County area is appealing to startup and software companies that are looking for alternatives to the Bay Area and Seattle. The region stands at the forefront of technological innovation and manufacturing excellence.
With a growing presence in the tech sector and a robust manufacturing industry, the county offers a wealth of opportunities for engineers, IT professionals, and skilled tradespeople. Companies here are incubators of innovation where your ideas can shape the future.
Looking for something less “corporate”? Small businesses make up 95% of all companies in Clark County, making the region a beacon for entrepreneurs and small business owners. From quaint coffee shops and innovative startups to family-run services and creative ventures, the spirit of entrepreneurship is alive and thriving. This vibrant small business ecosystem offers ample opportunities for networking, mentorship, and growth.
No State Income Tax
One of the most compelling financial advantages of working in Clark County is the absence of state income tax. Meaning, more of your hard-earned money stays in your pocket, giving you greater financial freedom and stability.
In addition to no state income tax, Clark County boasts a moderate state sales tax of only 8.7%. This rate strikes a balance, contributing to state and local services while not overburdening residents and consumers.
Side note: Washington law exempts most grocery type food from retail sales tax. So when you’re restocking your fridge, you’ll save some money there too.
Your Health Matters
Clark County is home to top medical centers like Kaiser Permanente Northwest, The Vancouver Clinic, and Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. These facilities are celebrated for their high-quality care, cutting-edge technology, and wide range of services. Whether you need routine medical care, specialized treatment, or emergency services, rest assured that you have access to some of the best healthcare resources in the region.
There’s a strong emphasis on preventative care and wellness programs. From regular health screenings and vaccination clinics, to community wellness events and health education workshops, and if you’re into it: acupuncture and energy healing. Our region is committed to keeping you healthy and informed.
Work-Life Balance: A Reality Here
We understand that life isn’t all about work. In Clark County, we champion a work-life balance that’s truly attainable. With flexible work environments, a community supportive of family life, and an abundance of recreational activities, you can seamlessly blend your professional ambitions with your personal passions. It’s a place where your career can soar without losing touch with what matters most – enjoying life.
Whether it’s exploring over 70 hiking trails, enjoying our vibrant coffee and craft beer scenes, or soaking in the local culture, life here is an endless adventure.
Being able to go on a hike during your lunch break is pretty great.
Get to Where You’re Going
Whether you’re commuting to work, exploring the scenic beauty of the Pacific Northwest, or traveling out of state, our transportation system is designed to keep you connected and on the move.
With miles of dedicated bike lanes, scenic bike paths, and pedestrian-friendly streets, the county encourages a healthy, eco-friendly lifestyle. Whether it’s for your daily commute or leisurely weekend rides, our infrastructure supports your green transportation choices.
Keeping it local? C-Tran, Clark County’s public transit system, is the lifeline of our community’s mobility. With 27 routes covering the county and extending into Portland, C-Tran makes commuting efficient and stress-free. For those with specific needs, C-Tran also offers curb-to-curb paratransit services, making transportation accessible to all.
Going far? Portland International Airport (PDX) is just a short drive away, offering a gateway to national and international destinations. Whether you’re a frequent flier or planning an occasional trip, having one of the region’s major airports so accessible is a luxury for Clark County residents.
Your Flight is On Time
Not to brag or anything, but in a recent report published in December 2023, PDX was noted to have the highest percentage of on-time departures of all U.S. airports, coming in at 84% of flights leaving on time, praising its “convenience, accessibility, and commitment to customer service and efficiency.”
Pick your Place
Whether you’re in the market for a mid-rise apartment with stunning views, a cozy bungalow in a quiet neighborhood, or a spacious family home, you’ll find it here in Clark County.
Housing prices all over the country are kind of wild these days, but in our region, the median value of owner-occupied housing units stands at $453,200, giving you a range of choices from starter homes to luxurious properties.
Areas like Vancouver and Ridgefield are buzzing with development, offering modern living spaces that combine convenience with style. These up-and-coming neighborhoods are perfect for those who want to be at the heart of growth and development.
When it comes to keeping the lights on, almost 70 percent of Clark Public Utilities’ power comes from non-carbon emitting sources — 63 percent of which is carbon free, renewable hydropower.
K – 12: A Foundation for the Future
With a strong commitment to educational excellence, our county offers a nurturing environment for students of all ages. Our schools and colleges are hubs of innovation, cultural exchange, and personal growth, supported by active parent-teacher associations, community groups, and local businesses, all working together to create a supportive and enriching educational environment.
We’re home to 147 public schools boasting a higher percentage of K-12 students than the state average. With a focus on quality education, innovative teaching methods, and inclusive learning environments, our schools are dedicated to preparing the next generation for the challenges and opportunities of the future.
In addition to our robust public school system, Clark County offers 43 private schools. Whether you’re looking for faith-based education, alternative teaching approaches, or specialized curriculums, our private schools offer quality education tailored to individual needs.
Higher Education Opportunities
The pursuit of higher education is well within reach for Clark County residents, with 25 colleges and universities in the Greater Portland Metro Area. These institutions range from community colleges offering two-year degrees and vocational programs to universities providing undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide array of disciplines.
The proximity to such an array of higher education options ensures that residents of Clark County have unparalleled access to lifelong learning and professional development opportunities.
Fun fact: 43% of students that graduate from WSUV graduate w/o student loans!