Southern Washington: Things to Do and See in Southern Washington
Southern Washington—Ridgefield, Vancouver, and Camas
Why Live in Southern Washington
From the natural beauty of the Cascade Mountains and Mt. St. Helens to the incredible recreation opportunities of the Columbia River and the Columbia River Gorge, Southern Washington is in a class by itself. With both charming small towns and booming tech hubs, the region is ideal for anyone who wishes to live the Pacific Northwest lifestyle.
Twenty-five miles north of Portland, Oregon, is the small town of Ridgefield, Washington, the fastest growing city in Clark County, Washington’s southernmost county. With a bevy of growing businesses along with a new 56-acre outdoor recreation complex, complete with a community center and six sports fields including the home of the West Coast League’s newest baseball franchise the Ridgefield Raptors, Ridgefield is a family- and business-friendly community. The nearly 8,000 residents of Ridgefield relish the charm of a vibrant downtown while also enjoying the nearby waterfront district, the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and the meandering Lake River - ideal for kayaking, boating and fishing.
Vancouver’s friendly business environment, mild climate and beautiful natural surrounding have nurtured the rapid growth of visitors in the last five years and brought the city’s population to 183,500, making it Washington’s fourth largest city. Vancouver is quietly becoming a regional epicenter for established and start-up tech companies, and as these companies grow, more and more people are taking advantage of what the area has to offer. With its excellent outdoor recreation, beautiful riverfront developments, restaurants, shopping, a burgeoning arts community, and easy accessibility to both Portland and Seattle, Vancouver is an ideal location for individuals looking for the quintessential Pacific Northwest lifestyle.
Just to the east of Vancouver, in Southern Washington, sits the idyllic town of Camas. Known for its walkability, attractive tree-lined streets, excellent schools, and unique, locally-owned businesses, Camas is thriving and heralded for its special community events that draw residents to its historic downtown core. Built on a series of hills, Camas boasts incredible views of mountains, lakes and rivers. The city, with a population of 23,000 residents, is spread out over just 16 square miles and has several small neighborhoods and enclaves, each with their own distinct character. Homes styles range from turn-of-the-century and Mid-century to modern and rural estates.