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Battle Ground, Washington
Battle Ground Post Office
Battle Ground Post Office
Location within Clark County and Washington
Location within Clark County and Washington
Country United States
State Washington
County Clark
 • Type Council–manager
 • Total 8.54 sq mi (22.13 km2)
 • Land 8.54 sq mi (22.13 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
295 ft (90 m)
 • Total 17,571
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,487.65/sq mi (960.47/km2)
Time zone UTC−08:00 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−07:00 (PDT)
ZIP Code
Area code 360
FIPS code 53-04475
GNIS feature ID 1530801

Battle Ground is a city in Clark County, Washington, United States. The population was 17,571 at the 2010 census. Between 2000 and 2005, Battle Ground ranked fourth in the state for population growth, out of 279 eligible incorporated communities. As of 2019, its population is 21,252.



The city is ironically named for the absence of a battle. In 1855 many of the soldiers at the nearby U.S. Army Fort Vancouver were away fighting an uprising by the Yakima Indian tribe. Nervous settlers organized a company of volunteers to guard the undermanned fort. Fearing that the friendly Klickitat Tribe on the Lewis River would join the uprising, the volunteers ordered them into the fort.

When some of the Klickitats escaped, Captain William Strong, the post commander, led a detachment of volunteers to bring them back. They overtook the Klickitats near the current location of the city, but rather than engaging them in battle, Captain Strong talked them into agreeing to return to the fort peacefully. Somehow during this episode the Klickitat leader, Chief Umtuch, was slain. The circumstances of his death are unclear: some said he was killed by a soldier, others by an accidental gunshot from his own men. In any event, the Klickitats promised to return to the fort after burying their chief, a ceremony that would take several days, so Strong returned without them.

The settlers had been expecting a battle, and when Strong returned empty-handed, they accused him of cowardice. The Klickitats did return as promised, but criticism of Strong continued. The women of the fort awarded him a petticoat of many colors in mock celebration of his courage. And the area where the Klickitats were encountered became known as "Strong's Battle Ground", and later simply "Battle Ground."

Early settlement

Battle Ground was first settled in 1886 by Augustus H. Richter, who platted the town in 1902. Battle Ground was officially incorporated on June 18, 1951. During early settlement in the area large numbers of people populated Fort Vancouver and locations closer to the Columbia River.


Battle Ground is located at 45°47′N 122°32′W / 45.783°N 122.533°W / 45.783; -122.533 (45.781, -122.539).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.16 square miles (18.54 km2), all of it land.' Battle Ground Schools Are Located By Place: The Battle of Captain Strong and Chief Umtuch Was fought in Tukes Valley.

(Captain Strong, Chief Umtuch and Tukes Valley ended up being schools in Battle Ground)


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 888
1970 1,438 61.9%
1980 2,774 92.9%
1990 3,758 35.5%
2000 9,296 147.4%
2010 17,571 89.0%
2019 (est.) 21,252 20.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

2010 census

As of the 2010 census, there were 17,571 people, 5,652 households, and 4,365 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,454.1 inhabitants per square mile (947.5/km2). There were 5,952 housing units at an average density of 831.3 per square mile (321.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.5% White, 0.8% African American, 0.8% Native American, 1.9% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 2.1% from other races, and 3.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.5% of the population. 15.0% were of German, 10.7% Irish, 9.9% English and 6.4% Ukrainian ancestry.

There were 5,652 households, of which 50.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.7% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 22.8% were non-families. 17.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.09 and the average family size was 3.53.

The median age in the city was 30 years. 34.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.4% were from 25 to 44; 19.2% were from 45 to 64, and 7.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.0% male and 51.0% female.


Every year in the summer Battle Ground puts on Harvest Days. There are a number of community events including parades, street dances, a carnival and chili cook-off. Battle Ground is an almost yearly winner for the Float Best Exemplifying Community Or Civic Involvement And Pride in the Portland Rose Festival's Grand Floral Parade. In 2006, however, it received the Sweepstakes Award for Most Outstanding Float In The Parade.

Civic improvements

In June 2007, the City of Battle Ground opened a 25,000 square foot skate park downtown, and in 2009, a new 13,000 square foot library.


Battle Ground is accessed from Interstate 5 at exits 9 and 11 and Interstate 205 at exit 32. State Route 502 and State Route 503 intersect in Battle Ground.

Bus services are provided by the local transit authority, C-Tran, to Downtown Vancouver, Delta Park/Vanport MAX Station, Clark College, Hazel Dell, Yacolt, and the Vancouver Mall.

Battle Ground is 18.5 miles from Portland International Airport, the closest large commercial airport.

Battle Ground is 25.5 miles from Portland, Oregon and 161 miles from Seattle, Washington.

Battle Ground has 2 different highways running in it WA 503 (Lewisville Highway/NE 117th Ave), and WA 502 (NE 219th St).


Battle Ground is also at the epicenter of the growing Clark County wine industry with three wineries and one tasting room.


Battle Ground is served by the Battle Ground School District, which includes (as of 2018):

  • Amboy Middle School (Grades 5-8)
  • Battle Ground High School (Grades 9-12)
  • Captain Strong Elementary School (Grades 1-4)
  • Chief Umtuch Middle School (Grades 5-8)
  • Daybreak Primary School (Grades 1-4)
  • Daybreak Middle School (Grades 5-8)
  • Glenwood Heights Primary School (Grades 1-4)
  • Laurin Middle School (Grades 5-8)
  • Maple Grove Primary School (Grades 1-4)
  • Pleasant Valley Middle School (Grades 5-8)
  • Pleasant Valley Primary School (Grades 1-4)
  • Prairie High School (Vancouver, Washington) (Grades 9-12)
  • Tukes Valley Primary School (Grades 1-4)
  • Tukes Valley Middle School (Grades 5-8)
  • Yacolt Primary School (Grades 1-4)

Alternative Schools:

  • CASEE (Admin and Summit View) (Summit View – Grades 9-12)
  • Community Education
  • Homelink/CAM Academy (Homelink – Grades 1-12) (CAM – Grades 3-12)

Chief Umtuch Primary School, the city's oldest primary school, was demolished in 2007. Lewisville Middle School was closed in 2007 but is still used for its gym, parking lot, and meetings.

Notable people

  • Richie Frahm, professional basketball player
  • Bethany Joy Galeotti, actress
  • Tonya Harding, figure skater
  • Rob Hotchkiss, musician
  • Jonathan Jackson, actor
  • Arnold Riegger, sport shooter and Olympian
  • Richie Sexson, professional baseball player
  • Gerry Staley, professional baseball player

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