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City Guide
Vancouver
The Outstanding Perks of the “Other Portland”

Situated just north of the Oregon border in southwestern Washington, Vancouver suburbanites enjoy easy access to the rest of metropolitan Portland without having to endure the chaos and hassles of the big city. Just a few of the perks of life as a Vancouverite include:

Tax-free week? Every week is tax-free week … Death and taxes are supposed to be the two givens in life, but not for all. A major benefit of living in Washington is that if you live and work in-state, you don’t have to pay state income taxes. In Oregon, meanwhile (7 measly miles away), you don’t have to pay sales taxes. Bottom line: Work in Washington. Shop in Portland. Beat the system.

Easy access to the mother ship … Living in Vancouver and playing in Portland is a plausible option for ‘Couverites. Residents can hop on I-5 or I-205 and be in downtown Portland in 10-15 minutes. Even during heavy rush hour periods, the commute rarely takes longer 25-30 minutes. Traffic and parking within Vancouver are rarely problems, either.
The more the merrier … Portland certainly has its charms, but all-inclusiveness sure ain’t one of them. The city adheres to a strict Urban Growth Boundary, which prevents the city’s businesses and population from growing at anything quicker than a snail’s pace. Vancouver, au contraire, has more than tripled its population in the past 20 years (160,000-plus now call the ‘Couv home) and continues to sprawl. Portland may turn you away, but Vancouver is ready to welcome you with open arms.

Finding a Primo Pad in the Right ‘Hood

They say if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere. They should also say that if you can’t find an apartment in Vancouver, you can’t find one anywhere. Whether you’re looking to settle down in the western lands like Fruit Valley or Carter Park, the eastern ‘hoods like Bennington or Fisher’s Landing, or any of the dozens of quality neighborhoods in between them, you’ll find plenty of rental options available. A few tips for hopeful renters:

  • Vancouver is both a buyer’s market and a renter’s market (we’ll just call it a resident’s market). The population has skyrocketed in the past couple decades, but so have the numbers of new houses and high rises. Even with the population boom, 6 percent of the city’s residential lodgings remain unoccupied, and construction of new units continues. So you can afford to be picky.

  • Leasers pay an average of about a thousand bucks a month in rent, but tons of decent digs can be found in the $600-$700 range. And remember to bring your bargaining chips to the table. Especially in the recently renovated downtown area (which features a surplus of stylish lofts and condos for rent), landlords are often willing to bargain with prospective tenants.

  • As always: When submitting a leasing application, don’t forget to bring along your identification, copies of paycheck stubs, banking info, and proof of renter’s history.

  • If you’re tired of hauling that massive sofa-bed from pad to pad, here’s a suggestion: leave it behind. Many Vancouver apartments, including studios in the $600-range, already come furnished (so maybe it’s time to say goodbye that coffee-and-beer-stained Barcalounger from 1972, huh?).

How to Get Around … And What to Avoid

Compared to most American suburbs, Vancouver has a surprisingly effective public transportation system (the C-Train operates 135 buses and also runs express routes to downtown Portland). So, technically, yes, you might be able to survive in Vancouver, Washington without a car of your own. But we don’t recommend it. Vancouver is so spread out, consisting of more than 60 sprawling neighborhoods, that to shop, work, and socialize conveniently, you’re going to need your own set of wheels.

Best of luck, and happy hunting!

Rent Report
Vancouver

September 2017 Vancouver Rent Report

Welcome to the September 2017 Vancouver Rent Report. Vancouver rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Vancouver rental market, including comparisons to similar cities nationwide.

Vancouver rents increased significantly over the past month

Vancouver rents have increased 0.6% over the past month, and have increased sharply by 6.8% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Vancouver stand at $1,360 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,610 for a two-bedroom. This is the eighth straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in December of last year. Vancouver's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 5.4%, as well as the national average of 3.0%.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Vancouver

As rents have increased in Vancouver, a few large cities nationwide have seen also rents grow more modestly. Compared to most large cities across the country, Vancouver is less affordable for renters.

  • Rents also increased in other cities across the state, with Washington as a whole logging rent growth of 5.4% over the past year.
  • Vancouver's median two-bedroom rent of $1,610 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 3.0% over the past year compared to the 6.8% increase in Vancouver.
  • While Vancouver's rents rose over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Seattle (+5.4%), Los Angeles (+5.0%), and Phoenix (+4.9%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Vancouver than most large cities. For example, Spokane has a median 2BR rent of $870, where Vancouver is more than one-and-a-half times that price.

For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.

Methodology - Recent Updates:

Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

Methodology:

Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

Read more about our methodology here.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

Vancouver Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter confidence in the economy, homeownership, and cities
Here's how Vancouver ranks on:
C Overall satisfaction
C Safety and crime rate
D Jobs and career opportunities
C- Recreational activities
F Affordability
B- Quality of schools
D Weather
D Commute time
C- State and local taxes
B Public transit
B- Pet-friendliness
Best Worst
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Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released results for Vancouver from the second annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 30,000 renters, provides insight into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

“Renters in Vancouver expressed low satisfaction with their city,” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “They gave average or below-average scores across the board.”

Key findings in Vancouver include the following:

  • Vancouver renters give their city a C overall for satisfaction.
  • The highest-rated category for Vancouver was its access to public transit, which received a B score.
  • Categories like pet friendliness and the quality of local schools received near-average scores (B-).
  • Some areas of concern for Vancouver renters include safety (C) and access to parks and community events (D).
  • The largest sources of dissatisfaction seem to be local job and career opportunities (D) and affordability (F).
  • Comparatively speaking, Vancouver renters seem to be less satisfied than those in other nearby cities like Seattle, WA (B+), Spokane, WA (B+), and Portland, OR (B).
  • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction included Arlington, VA; Lincoln, NE; Pasadena, CA; Boston, MA; and Madison, WI. The lowest rated cities included Newark, NJ; Bronx, NY; Bridgeport, CT; Baltimore, MD; and Salinas, CA.