More people moved to Clark County last year than the previous year, even though fewer houses were sold.
That has caused the market for rental units to tighten as newcomers continued to find the absence of state income taxes attractive. Real estate experts also say the county boasts some of the lowest home prices in the Portland-Vancouver metro area, which could be another reason Clark County attracted 22 percent more out-of-town arrivals in 2010 than in 2009.
Year — residents
2010 — 15,008
2009 — 12,283
2008 — 12,655
2007 — 13,296
2006 — 16,072
Source: Washington State Department of Licensing
The majority of the 15,008 newcomers who last year turned in out-of-county driver’s licenses for local ones came from Oregon. California drivers were the second-largest group, according to the Washington Department of Licensing. In December alone, of the 1,103 county newcomers, 587 were from Oregon, along with 90 from California, 42 from Michigan, 25 from Arizona and 23 from Texas, among other states.
Newcomers from Oregon made up more than 51.7 percent of new Clark County residents, or 7,769 people, in 2010. Californians made up 11.8 percent, or 1,772 of the drivers who transferred to Clark County for the year.
The two West Coast states consistently bring the highest influx of home buyers to Clark County, said Mike Lamb, a real estate broker who works for Windermere/Stellar Group in Vancouver.