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Camas, Washington
Aerial view of Camas, on the north side of the Columbia River
Aerial view of Camas, on the north side of the Columbia River
Location of Camas in Washington
Location of Camas in Washington
Coordinates: 45°35′28″N 122°24′44″W / 45.59111°N 122.41222°W / 45.59111; -122.41222Coordinates: 45°35′28″N 122°24′44″W / 45.59111°N 122.41222°W / 45.59111; -122.41222
Country United States
State Washington
County Clark
Area
 • Total 16.24 sq mi (42.06 km2)
 • Land 14.07 sq mi (36.45 km2)
 • Water 2.17 sq mi (5.61 km2)
Elevation
75 ft (23 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 26,605
 • Density 1,734.85/sq mi (669.84/km2)
Demonym(s) Camasonian
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
98607
Area code 360
FIPS code 53-09480
GNIS feature ID 1512059

Camas is a city in Clark County, Washington, with a population of 26,065 at the 2020 census. The east side of town borders the city of Washougal, Washington, and the west side of town borders Vancouver, Washington. Camas lies along the Washington side of the Columbia River, across from Troutdale, Oregon, and is part of the Portland metropolitan area.

One of the major geographical features of the city is Prune Hill. Prune Hill is an extinct volcanic vent and is part of the Boring Lava Field of northwest Oregon and southwest Washington.

Bodies of water

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Pictured here is Lacamas Lake. Other lakes and rivers make up over 13% of the Camas area.

Public parks

  • Crown Park
  • Dorothy Fox Park
  • Fallen Leaf Park
  • Forest Home Park
  • Goot Park
  • Grass Valley Park
  • Heritage Park
  • Lacamas Park
  • Louis Bloch Park
  • Oak Park
  • Prune Hill Sports Park
  • Skate Park

Lacamas Park

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Lacamas Park encompasses Round Lake and runs against SR 500 on its west side. Across SR 500 is Lacamas Lake. The park is open year-round from 7 a.m. to dusk and includes barbecues, a play ground, trails around the park and lake, and access to the Camas Potholes.

The park features a network of trails which lead to the Camas Potholes and the Camas lily fields. A 1.2-mile (1.9 km) trail that loops around Round Lake starts and finishes near the parking lot. The park is a popular destination for Geocachers as it contains numerous caches scattered around the park. Young children may play in a small playground on the west side of the park. Tables are provided for picnicking as are waste receptacles designed to receive hot coals from grilling. Bathrooms are available on a seasonal basis only.

Heritage Park

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Heritage Park has facilities for launching boats into Lacamas Lake, a playground for young children, lots of open field, and small trails through the trees. The parking lot is very large and includes numerous long parking stalls to accommodate vehicles with trailers.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.25 square miles (39.50 km2), of which, 13.49 square miles (34.94 km2) is land and 1.76 square miles (4.56 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 417
1910 1,125
1920 1,843 63.8%
1930 4,230 129.5%
1940 4,433 4.8%
1950 4,725 6.6%
1960 5,666 19.9%
1970 5,790 2.2%
1990 6,442
2000 12,534 94.6%
2010 19,355 54.4%
2019 (est.) 24,418 26.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 19,355 people, 6,619 households, and 5,241 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,434.8 inhabitants per square mile (554.0/km2). There were 7,072 housing units at an average density of 524.2 per square mile (202.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 87.4% White, 1.0% African American, 0.6% Native American, 6.0% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 1.2% from other races, and 3.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.1% of the population.

There were 6,619 households, of which 46.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.7% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 20.8% were non-families. 16.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.91 and the average family size was 3.27.

The median age in the city was 36.9 years. 31.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.1% were from 25 to 44; 26.8% were from 45 to 64; and 8.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.6% male and 50.4% female.

Sister cities

Camas has the following sister cities, according to [1] and [2]:

  • Japan Hosoecho (now part of Hmamatsu, Japan
  • Japan Taki, Mie, Japan
  • Poland Krapkowice, Poland
  • Poland Morawica, Poland
  • Poland Zabierzów, Poland

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Notable people

  • Michael R. Barratt, NASA astronaut
  • Greg Biffle, NASCAR driver
  • Jaime Herrera Beutler, U.S. Representative
  • Shane Chen, inventor and entrepreneur
  • Niko De Vera, professional soccer player for the Portland Timbers
  • Alexa Efraimson, professional runner for Nike
  • Kenneth Fisher, Forbes columnist, financial author, money manager
  • Joey Gibson, founder of Patriot Prayer
  • Denis Hayes, environmental activist, coordinated first Earth Day
  • Jimmie Rodgers, 1950s pop singer
  • Taylor Williams, Major League Baseball player for the San Diego Padres
  • Wendy Wilson, singer, member of 1990s girl group Wilson Phillips

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