Location Spotlight: 5 Reasons to Live and Work in Vancouver, Washington

August 1, 2016

Vancouver, Washington is a city that perfectly cultivates a happy and healthy family lifestyle. An internal medicine or family medicine physician building a career in this location has the opportunity to enjoy plenty of family fun activities, historic attractions and outdoor adventures. Known as the sister-city of Portland, Oregon, Vancouver offers the best of both urban and rural lifestyles.

Below are Northwest Permanente’s five favorite things about Vancouver that make it a great place to live and work.


Advantageous Tax Conditions

One of the benefits of living just north of Portland is the unique income tax situation. The state of Washington is one of only seven states that have no income tax. Though sales taxes apply to Washington purchases, many Vancouver residents choose to shop across the river in Oregon, which has no sales tax. It’s important to note that taxes are enforced for purchases requiring registration, such as automobiles.

Washington residents are permitted to deduct general sales taxes from their federal income taxes. Another advantage is that property taxes in that state are below the national average, creating a uniquely beneficial situation for those who are attempting to save money for purposes such as retirement.


Mount St. Helens

Vancouver_180x120Vancouver is an ideal location for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy biking, hiking or water activities on the river. One scenic attraction that is hard to miss from any area in the city is Mount St. Helens. The most famous volcano in the United States now enjoys National Monument status and is a favorite destination for nature lovers. Visitor centers are open year-round and offer spectacular views of the mountain, the volcanic caldera and the results of the renowned 1980 eruption.

Visitors can learn about the effects of the devastating eruption on the surrounding ecosystems, including the inspiring resilience of the plant and animal life that has continued to regenerate throughout the mountain and the thousands of acres of hills, forests, lakes and streams in the area.


Living History

The Pacific Northwest’s frontier history can be experienced at locations such as the Pomeroy Living History Farm and the Fort Vancouver Historical Site. Both historic sites provide a glimpse into the region’s past with the perfect pairing of outdoor activity and informative fun. The Pomeroy Farm hosts the Country Life Fair every spring, summer weddings and historical education programs for kids in the spring and fall.

At Fort Vancouver, visitors can tour the impressive full-scale reconstructed fort, complete with palisade and cannons. Family members of all ages and sizes will enjoy cultural demonstrations through several onsite structures using period reproduction clothing and objects to demonstrate historical life in the region. The Fort also hosts the city’s popular annual 4th of July Fireworks display.


Animal Hospitality

For animal lovers, most of the hotels and businesses in Vancouver are pet-friendly. The canine-inclined can enjoy the many spacious parks with off-leash areas such as Dakota Park and the Ross Dog Park. The parks are designed to accommodate playful pups, small dogs and large breed dogs.

The annual Dogtoberfest and Bark in the Park K9 Carnival are popular events for man’s best friend and include exciting activities like dog Olympics, costume contests, lure coursing and prizes. The Dogtoberfest event is sponsored by DOGPAW, a local non-profit dedicated to creating and promoting off-leash areas in city spaces.


The Columbia River Gorge

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area creates the border between Vancouver and Portland. It measures 4,000 feet deep and encompassing almost 300,000 kilometers of southern Washington and northern Oregon. Just a few of the gorge’s popular attractions include:

  • Beacon Rock: One of the tallest monoliths in the country features an 898-foot-high viewing point atop the core of a volcano. From there, hikers can see the 620-foot-tall Multnomah Falls across the Gorge.
  • Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler: This historical triple-deck boat offers meal cruises and sightseeing tours.
  • Bonneville Lock and Dam: This National Historic Landmark is home to a 70-year-old, 11-foot-long white sturgeon named Herman, in addition to historical exhibits and fish ladder viewing stations.

The gorge also offers a multitude of opportunities for outdoor recreation such as windsurfing, kiteboarding, hiking, biking, fishing and more.


Interested in moving to Vancouver? Northwest Permanente offers six locations in the Vancouver area, with specialties in urgent care, internal medicine or family medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, neurology and much more. Please check here for current physician openings, plus details on how to apply to join the team.

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