Vancouver, WA, used to be seen as little more than a sleepy city with easy access to Portland. Vancouver residents crossed the bridge to Oregon for work and play, but people in Portland didn't find many reasons to make the trip in the opposite direction. There just wasn't much going on.
But Vancouver has been evolving in some really exciting ways over the last few years — in fact, it was recently named one of Livability’s Top 100 Best Places to Live in the U.S.
Between 2011 and 2015, Vancouver saw their workplace age population rise 4.2%. Part of Vancouver’s appeal for businesses is the state’s lack of corporate or personal income taxes. Add to that a welcoming environment for start-ups and tech companies, and the region is embracing its blossoming reputation as the “Silicon Forest.”
At the same time, Vancouver’s food scene has been expanding to accommodate all these hungry new residents.