Residents are served by the Hockinson Public School District that includes Hockinson Heights Primary and Intermediate Schools, Hockinson Middle School and Hockinson High School. Additional public schools located near the area include Captain Strong, Maple Grove Primary School, Chief Umtuch Middle School, and Battle Ground High School, just to name a few. Clark College and Reed College present higher education opportunities for residents, in addition to Washington State University-Vancouver, and the University of Portland.
Hockinson residents travel to Vancouver for the Fourth of July Fireworks, the Vancouver Wine and Jazz Festival in Esther Short Park or the Vancouver Sausage Fest at St. Joseph Catholic School in September. The populace often heads to Portland, one of the most ?green? cities in the world for innovative land use planning and investment in public transportation. Portland?s festivals include the Portland Rose Festival and the Oregon Brewers Festival in July. In addition to diverse shopping, galleries, museums, and a fast-growing food scene, Portland is known for its microbreweries and microdistilleries, coffee enthusiasts, and is the home of the NBA Trail Blazers.
The Vancouver area?s economy has changed from forestry and industry to high tech and service industry jobs. Many of Hockinson residents commute to Portland for its diverse industries, crossing the Columbia River via the Interstate Bridge and the Glenn Jackson Bridge. Portland?s geographic location presents low energy costs, easy transportation at the convergence of several interstates, marine shipping ports, and intercontinental railroads. Additionally, the Hockinson area remains popular for retirees, as Washington requires no state income tax. Major Vancouver employers include Nautilus, Inc., County of Clark, Hewlett-Packard, Fred Meyer, the City of Vancouver, and Wells Fargo.
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