The 10 Worst Vancouver Suburbs For 2021

We used science and data to determine which Vancouver suburbs are the real pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the worst suburbs around Vancouver.

Not everyone is cut out for city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Vancouver.

So the question arises, do the suburbs maintain a semblance of the larger-than-life appeal of their more famous neighbor?

Today, we'll use science and data to determine which Vancouver 'burbs need a little tender loving care - the sore thumbs of the Vancouver area if you will. Realistically, you can't expect all the suburbs to live up to Vancouver proper, although Sherwood certainly tries.

Of course, not all suburbs of Vancouver are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones..

We examined the 33 biggest suburbs of Vancouver to find out the worst places to live. And while you won't necessarily find them on the worst places to live in washington lists, these ten places are a little too far downwind of Vancouver in terms of quality of life.

Here are the 10 worst suburbs around Vancouver for 2021:

  1. Kalama
  2. St. Helens
  3. Columbia
  4. Gresham
  5. Fairview
  6. Woodland
  7. Newberg
  8. Gladstone
  9. Forest Grove
  10. Troutdale

What's the worst suburb of Vancouver? Kalama ranks as the worst suburb of Vancouver for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Vancouver that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don't blame the messenger.

Or, if you're thinking of moving to elsewhere in washington check out the best places in washington overall or the worst.

And remember, there are some good places to live around Vancouver too.

Editor's Note: If you see a slight difference between the worst in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it's because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

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The 10 Worst Vancouver Suburbs To Live For 2021

Kalama, WA

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Population: 2,629
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $62,969 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.9% (highest)
Median Home Value: $248,200 (3rd lowest)
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We'll get the ball rolling with Kalama, the absolute worst place to live around Vancouver according to the data.

And in the world of worst rankings, Kalama beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the 6th worst in the Vancouver area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 3rd worst when it comes to home values.

But hey, at least it's cheap to live there. But there's a reason for that... it's Kalama.

You won't feel bad about not having a great income for the area, there aren't a bunch of places to spend your money anyway.

2. St. Helens

St. Helens, OR

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Population: 13,559
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $51,199 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.2% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $228,500 (2nd lowest)
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Welcome to St. Helens. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.

This city is 18.6 miles to Vancouver. Income levels here are the 2nd lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $51,199 a year, which doesn't go a long ways even on a shoestring budget.

But on the bright side, there are a lot of fast food joints in the area.

3. Columbia