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Pros and Cons of Moving to Vancouver, WA

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Do my eyes deceive me, or is someone interested in learning about life in Vancouver. 

No, not that Vancouver. I’m talking about the other one in Washington. 

Vancouver is a pretty popular city that continues to grow year after year. So obviously it’s heaven on Earth, right?

Well, not exactly. Many people who talk about this city often glamourize it. But today, I want to give you the truth about what it will be like living in Vancouver. 

So if you want to learn the pros and cons of living in Vancouver Washington, then let’s get started!

Con #4, Traffic

Similar to its sister city, Portland Oregon, Vancouver has a fair amount of traffic. 

This isn’t really surprising considering how popular the city is becoming. What, you thought you were the only person thinking about moving to Vancouver? Ha! You silly YouTube lurker, you.  

Listen, the traffic in this city isn’t that bad. Yea, if you’re commuting to a 9-5 job, which you shouldn’t be because remote work is a thing. I mean, get with the program. 

But if you’re one of those unlucky devils, then sure, you’ll need to deal with traffic. 

But this city isn’t as bad as, say, New York or Texas. 

Those people are in a special hell and you should count your blessings that Vancouver isn’t so bad. 

Con #3, Rain

I think I read somewhere that Vancouver is known for its very real reenactment of Noah’s flood. 

Now that I’ve said that out loud, I definitely made that up. 

Anyway, my point is it rains a lot here. And when I say a lot, what I mean is Vancouver has 163 days of rainfall per year. 

And rain is only part of the issue. The other issue is just how gloomy seeing constant gray clouds may make you feel. 

So if you’re someone who needs constant pleasant weather, then you might want to keep searching for other cities until you ultimately stumble upon LA or Florida. 

Con #2, Housing costs

37% more than the average US house. 

That’s how much more homes cost in Vancouver than the average cost in the US. To give you a good idea of this, the median home price here is $430,000. And the worst part is that this problem is only gonna get worse. 

As to why Vancouver is in such demand, you’ll learn about that in the pro section of this video. But here’s a hint: It’s the rain. Yep. Some people can’t get enough of the stuff. 

Well, maybe not this next group of people. 

Con #1, Homeless people

If you have a savior complex, then you’ll love Vancouver. 

Because there are a ton of homeless people who might be perfect for your next pet project. 

In all seriousness, the homeless problem in Vancouver is kind of out of control. Part of the problem is due to the rising cost of living. But outside of that, Vancouver was also pretty impacted by the opioid crisis. 

But let’s move on to some good news. 

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Ok, now let’s check out some pros of living in Vancouver.

Pro #4, Weather

Ok, I know we talked about the rain. But the overall weather here isn’t that bad. 

Especially if you factor in the summer weather, which more than makes up for the rain and cold winter here. 

The weather during the summer in Vancouver rarely exceeds 90 degrees. This means you’ll be in the best conditions to head outside and have some summer fun. 

Best of all, it never gets humid or muggy in Vancouver. So you’ll be able to take advantage of optimal weather for at least 3 months out of the year. 

Pro #3, Tax breaks

One of the biggest perks of living in Vancouver is the tax breaks. 

Residents aren’t required to pay any state income tax. Making Vancouver one of the most patriotic cities in the country. 

Now, that doesn’t mean that the entire city is one big Boston Tea Party event. You’ll still have to pay property and federal taxes. 

However, with income tax eliminated, that effectively puts a good amount of change back in your pocket. 

Pro #2, Activities

Vancouver has plenty of things to do (that may or may not include playing hide-and-go-seek with the homeless).

In the city, and around it, you’ll find plenty of nature trails, beaches, casinos, farmers’ markets, and much, much more. 

You’ll also have access to over 30 microbreweries if drinking and driving is more your speed. 

But the most interesting thing about living in Vancouver is actually not in the city at all. 

Pro #1, Proximity to Portland

That’s right. When you move to Vancouver, you’ll be next-door neighbors to the lovable city of Portland Oregon. 

And when I say next door I mean you’ll be a 24-minute drive away. 

This is great news considering Portland is a much bigger city with a lot more amenities at it’s disposal. It being so close means you can maintain the smaller-town feel of Vancouver while also enjoying big city life. 

Not only that, it’ll actually be easier for you to get to the Portland International Airport than it is for people who actually live in Portland. 

I think that’s because Portland has more homeless people. And if homeless people are good at doing anything it’s slowing down traffic. 

Anyway, I guarantee if you move to Vancouver, this’ll likely be your favorite thing about it. 

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