building a satellite campus in Ridgefield,
which, by 2020 will provide student housing
for some 1,000 students, and the campus
will grow to include up to six buildings. On
the healthcare side, a PeaceHealth facility
may soon be on the horizon.
Outdoor activities are abundant in the area.
There’s a 21-mile long water trail for kayaking or canoeing, miles of woodland trails,
and wildlife watching in the 5,300 acre
Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.
Downtown Ridgefield offers walkable shopping in charming shops and boutiques, and
features historic landmarks. Nearby, residents enjoy several wineries and an 18-hole
golf course. The City of Ridgefield prides
itself on making Ridgefield a great place to
call home, and has built a quality environment for its residents though public parks
and trails, schools, and community events
such as the Big Paddle, Fourth of July,
Tuesdays in the Park and Birdfest & Bluegrass, which welcomes birds back to the
wildlife refuge every year as they prepare
The moving equipment and storage rental
company, U-Haul got its start in Ridgefield
in 1945. The Ridgefield school district
has four schools: Union Ridge Elementary, South Ridge Elementary, View Ridge
Middle School, and Ridgefield High School.
Vancouver, Washington is the fourth-largest
city in the state, with a population of over
174,000, and is included in the Portland
metropolitan area. Vancouver is located on the
north bank of the Columbia River, minutes
from downtown Portland. Vancouver has been
nationally recognized for its livability,
including the top 100 list of Money Maga-
zine’s best places in America to live. That
ranking factored in Vancouver’s education,
economy, crime rate, employment, and arts
and cultural offerings. Locals are aware of the
famous journal entry from Meriwether Lewis,
of explorers Lewis & Clark: Vancouver is “the
only desired situation for our settlement west
of the Rocky Mountains.”
With no state income tax, proximity to
outdoor recreation, its active downtown
area, and historic attractions, residents will
agree that Vancouver is one of the best
places to live in the U.S.
Residents of Vancouver enjoy all the benefits of the Vancouver-Portland metro area,
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