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Apartment rents soaring in Clark County, outpacing wage growth

High-end construction projects, influx in population pushing up demand and forcing many out

By , Columbian Associate Editor
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Joel Moon is one of tens of thousands of people in Clark County dealing with the increasing apartment rental rates, which have nearly doubled in the past 10 years.
Joel Moon is one of tens of thousands of people in Clark County dealing with the increasing apartment rental rates, which have nearly doubled in the past 10 years. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Joel Moon never thought living in Vancouver would be this straining as he seeks an independent life, and now he’s considering leaving for good.

Moon, 22, works graveyard shifts, many of them 12 hours long, as a packer at Frito-Lay. His average workweek of 65 hours allows him to earn more than $40,000 a year, but he pays $1,312 in rent at his one-bedroom apartment near Mountain View High School.

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