The Salmon Creek community covers approximately 6.3 square miles, and as of July 2007, had a population of around 20,000 people. Salmon Creek itself, the creek from which the area derivers its name, runs through the heart of the community. Salmon used to fill the stream, and when the area consisted of mostly small farms fish were so plentiful farmers used to place them around fruit trees as fertilizer.
Those who call Salmon Creek home can choose from a wide variety of housing, including single-family homes, condominiums, townhomes, and apartments. The Salmon Creek area is well-known as an established, high-demand area. According to one survey, 50% of residents in Salmon Creek lived in the same house five years ago and 76.1% are family households. The median age is 37.6 years, and the average household size is 2.7 people.
Situated on a beautiful 350 acre campus, with sweeping territorial and mountain views, Washington State University opened their Salmon Creek campus in 1996. Originally, WSU Vancouver offered courses in Southwest Washington as part of the Southwest Washington Joint Center for Education and now offers lower division through graduate level courses in over 35 fields of study.
The neighborhoods of Salmon Creek are located in the Vancouver School District, and include sought-after schools such as Chinook and Salmon Creek Elementary Schools, Alki Middle School and Skyview High School (GSHL 4A).
Salmon Creek is also home to the Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital. This full service, state of the art hospital, opened in 2005 and was designated one of America’s Top 10 Green Hospitals by The Green Guide environmental magazine for the environmentally-friendly features incorporated into its construction.
The community features an abundance of shopping, dining and services, conveniently located to nearly any household in the Salmon Creek area. Stores include Fred Meyer, Safeway and Albertsons; Dining includes Applebee’s and Billygans Road House; plus a bevy of other dining, shopping and services outlets which serve the vibrant populace.
There are a variety of recreational opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast right here in Salmon Creek. Salmon Creek Park and Klineline Pond feature 35 acres of developed parkland and 368 acres of un-developed greenspace. Salmon Creek Park also offers swimming, picnicking, and covered areas for special events and is the eastern trailhead for the Salmon Creek Trail, a three mile trail open to hikers, rollerbladers, equestrians, and cyclists. Youth sports are an integral part of the Salmon Creek community as well. Here you will find the Salmon Creek Sports Complex, home to Vancouver Girls Softball Association (VGSA); HB Fuller Park, home to Salmon Creek Soccer Club (SCSC and FCSC); and Salmon Creek Indoor Sports Arena. Other local youth sports groups with area ties include Salmon Creek Little League and HotShots which serve a growing youth sporting community.
Salmon Creek has long been acknowledged as a popular, high-demand area because of its strong schools, convenient location, and the quality of life area residents enjoy.