Vancouver is a city on the north bank of the Columbia River in the U.S. State of Washington, and the largest suburb of Portland, Oregon. Vancouver is the county seat of Clark County and forms part of the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area, the 23rd largest metropolitan area in the United States. In 2005, Money magazine named it No. 91 on its list of best places in America to live. In 2016, WalletHub ranks Vancouver the 39th best place to live for families in the US.
Homes vary from Victorians and craftsman bungalows downtown, to small wartime tract housing and ranch-styles mid-town, with rural styles and larger homes in the outer ring. Mother Joseph was one of the first architects in the region, and because of its relatively long history, Vancouver contains a variety of buildings. In addition to the reconstructed Fort Vancouver at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, the city was named one of the National Register of Historic Places’ “Dozen Distinctive Destinations” for 2003. In the early 2000s, Vancouver began seeing a revitalization of local art scene and cultural events. Many of Vancouver’s art galleries are located in downtown Vancouver, and in 2014, the City Council formally designated an “Arts District” in the downtown core.
Vancouver has two school districts: Vancouver Public Schools and Evergreen School District. Vancouver is also home to the Washington School for the Deaf and Washington School for the Blind, and (through Evergreen School District) Home Choice Academy, a school for home-schoolers.