Ten fun facts about Vancouver

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Fact 1
It was incorporated in 1857.

Fact 2
Vancouver is the county seat of Clark County and forms part of the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area.

Fact 3
Vancouver shares its name with the larger city of Vancouver located 305 miles (491 kilometers) 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.

Fact 4
In 2005, Money magazine named it No. 91 on its list of best places in America to live.

Fact 5
Vancouver currently has two sister cities: Dubrovnik, Dalmatia, Croatia and Joyo, Kyoto, Kansai, Japan.

Fact 6
Notable people from Vancouver include journalist Alina Cho, actor Drake Kemper, and professional wrestler Tamina Snuka.

Fact 7
City officials have periodically suggested changing the U.S. city's name to Fort Vancouver, Vancouver USA, or even Old Vancouver to reduce confusion with its northern neighbor.

Fact 8
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.”

Fact 9
Vancouver has recently seen a revitalization of local art and cultural events.

Fact 10
Since the mid-1960s, Vancouver has hosted a Fourth of July fireworks display on the grounds of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site that draws many people to the city.

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is a city on the north bank of the Columbia River in the U.S. State of Washington