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Vancouver, Washington

Vancouver Washington
Full nameCity of Vancouver
Official nameCity of Vancouver
Settlement typeCity
MottoA colorful past, a bright future
countryUnited States
MayorTim Leavitt
Total Area46.1 sq mi (119.4 km2)
Land Area42.8 sq mi (110.9 km2)
Water Area3.3 sq mi (8.5 km2)
Elevation171 ft (52.1 m)
Total Population161791 (2010)
Density (pop.)1412.4/km2 (3659/sq mi)
Metro (pop.)2,241,841 (Portland-Vancouver, Gresham, etc.)
Other information
Time zonePacific (UTC−8)
- Summer (DST)PDT (UTC−7)
Area code360
FIPS code53-74060 
GNIS feature ID1531916 

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Vancouver is a city on the north bank of the Columbia River in the U.S. state of Washington. Incorporated in 1857, it is the fourth largest city in the state with a 2010 census population of 161,791 as of April 1, 2010. Vancouver is the county seat of Clark County and forms part of the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area, the 23rd-largest metropolitan area in the United States.

Vancouver shares its name with the larger city of Vancouver located 305 mi (490.8 km) north in the Canadian province of British Columbia. Both cities were named in honor of sea captain George Vancouver, although the Canadian city was incorporated 29 years after the incorporation of Vancouver, Washington, and more than 60 years after the name Vancouver was first used in reference to the historic Fort Vancouver trading post on the Columbia River. City officials have periodically suggested changing the US city's name to Fort Vancouver, Vancouver USA, or even Old Vancouver to reduce confusion with its northern neighbor. Many Pacific Northwest residents distinguish between the two cities by referring to the Canadian city as "Vancouver, B.C." and the United States one as "Vancouver, Washington," or "Vancouver USA." Local nicknames include: "Vantucky" and "The 'Couv(e)".

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