Welcome to Camas Washington
Camas, Washington is a small city situated along the Columbia River in the hills of the eastern section of Clark County. It is a suburban part of the Portland, Vancouver, Beaverton Metropolitan Area. The city has great views of Downtown Portland and Mount Hood. The city is home to a number of modern industries in Cascade Business Park along Pacific Rim Boulevard. It also has an historic and vibrant downtown area. Camas has developed from a paper-mill town into a diverse and highly livable city with an ability to successfully blend modern businesses and high quality family neighborhoods into an attractive community. Trips to Portland and Vancouver are easy from this Washington state city.
Activities and Attractions in Camas Washington
A favorite spot for residents and visitors is LaCamas Lake, ideal for boating and swimming. The fishing is also excellent with bluegill, bass and perch catches. Six miles of walking trails surround the lake, and there are numerous scenic picnic spots. The Columbia River Gorge is also a favorite with anglers and provides good bass, bluegill, salmon, steelhead trout and sturgeon fishing.
Crown Park is another city attraction. This neighborhood park covers 7.4 acres and is located on 15th Avenue and Everett Street. Two tennis courts, a half basketball court, an outdoor swimming pool, baseball diamond, playground and picnic shelter make it a favorite spot for families in summer. A number of seasonal festivals and events are held in the park. The Camtown Youth Festival is held in June at the park.
A walking tour of Downtown Camas is another enjoyable activity. The attractive historic district hosts boutique shopping, fine dining, a wide range of professional services and ongoing local events.
Economy and Commuting in Camas Washington
Some economic indicators concerning the city include a Cost of Living Index at 22.20 percent. The current unemployment rate stands at 8.80 percent. The average commute time for a worker is approximately 25 minutes, and 78.35 percent of commuters travel by single auto. Approximately 8 percent of commuters carpool. Only 5 percent of workers have a commute greater than 60 minutes. The state of Washington has 0 percent State Income Tax. Residents of the city that work in Oregon must still pay Oregon’s 9 percent State Income Tax.
Individuals interested in relocating or purchasing Camas real estate should consider Live Northwest Real Estate Group for a wide selection of homes to view in the metropolitan area. The public school system in the city is excellent. The median age of real estate in the city is 16 years and the 2012 median home cost is $268,500. Owner occupied homes comprise 77.20 percent of the city real estate population. Short sales are also readily available in Camas real estate. A short sale is any real estate that is sold for less than the amount of the lending bank's mortgage on the property. Short sales require a few more steps in a home buying situation but can be well worth the process in finding a desirable home. The Live Northwest Real Estate Group is an expert in the short sale real estate industry.