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Old 04-03-2011, 01:28 PM
 
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Looking for a place to raise a family — with good schools, low pollution, low crime and a little snow in the winter. Would like to live close to city (but not in it), for cultural opportunities and family activities. Approximately 45-50 minute max. commute from Longview. Thanks in advance for your time. Any input is greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-03-2011, 05:52 PM
 
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That's tough, but probably Vancouver's north and east outliers.
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Old 04-03-2011, 07:00 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Hockinson (NE of Vancouver) for good school and a rather civil neighborhood (for rural PNW)

But I would look into the area near Carrolls or Rose Valley while you are so close (Kalama area).

Portland would need to be your cultural exchange.

Since this was posted in WA general, I would have said live and school in Lynden, with culture exchange in Vancouver, BC (This is a little far from Longview., but it might help the next reader)
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Old 04-04-2011, 01:25 PM
 
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Thank you for your quick responses. I will look into those areas.
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Old 04-04-2011, 01:28 PM
 
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If you are familiar with Vancouver, how is the crime and are the public schools good quality? What kind of a city is it? Many family activities, nice parks? Does it rain a lot?
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Old 04-04-2011, 08:18 PM
 
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Vancouver is a suburb of PDX. Very family-oriented, and does have family activities. Pretty safe. There's lots of nice parks in the SW area, so you won't be deprived of that.

The best school districts in the area are Camas and Hockinson SD. The others (Vancouver, Evergreen, Ridgefield, Battle Ground, et. c.) are generally average, some with great schools. Also look into School Districts in Southwest Washington | Northwest Guide (http://www.northwestguide.com/education/Southwest-Washington/school-districts - broken link) which would give you an idea how the area divides up, and also to give you a SD name to research.

I have a friend that lives in Yacolt and just raves about it (great community, great people). Also Kalama gets lots of raves as well. But I don't know if you're looking for a small town experience.
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Old 04-04-2011, 10:00 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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If you are familiar with Vancouver, ...Does it rain a lot?
Is 285 days / yr a lot? (actually its just 'cloud-cover' for 285 days, not everyone of those days has measurable precipitation (since it drizzles, not rains)). Vancouver gets about 47" of drizzle / yr, I get over double that, and live 20 miles away (Higher elevation). Yacolt is another place of high volume rain (stuck up against taller mtns that the clouds need to dump to get over the top of.)
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Old 04-07-2011, 11:43 AM
 
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Thank you so much for this valuable information. I will look into those resources. I know I will have more questions. I appreciate your time.
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Old 04-08-2011, 01:29 AM
 
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Thank you so much for this valuable information. I will look into those resources. I know I will have more questions. I appreciate your time.
and, of course these resources too.
City of Camas, Washington - Official Website
Camas School District: Home

The City of Battle Ground, Washington - Welcome!
Hockinson School District
Brush Prairie, Washington
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Old 05-17-2011, 03:12 AM
 
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Thank you for your help. My husband got the job. And we have decided to move. It turns out, my husband doesn't want to commute as much as 40-50 minutes from work if he doesn't have to. I don't blame him. So...it looks like the North East outliers of Vancouver are probably out. Now I am looking at Carrolls and Rose Valley which you recommended to me. Can you give me more details behind your recommendation? My main concerns are schools, crime, pollution, and not being way out in the boondocks.

Also, is what I've read about Longview and Kelso true? 1 in 5 babies born addicted to meth, 50% dropout rate? Doesn't sound like a good place to raise kids. If you have any info...please share. My husband doesn't want to live "in the city", but just outside a little ways. With a little bit of property. Thanks in advance.
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