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Overview

Introduction to Anacortes, Washington

Anacortes, Washington, in Skagit county, is 18 miles S of Bellingham, Washington (center to center) and 64 miles N of Seattle, Washington.

Anacortes History

Early white settlers came to this area in the 1850s. They were mostly trappers, hunters, prospectors, surveyors, and soldiers. Those who settled down permanently became farmers. Amos Bowman settled in this region in 1877. He established a post office and named it "Anacortes," a modification of his wife Anna Curti’s maiden name. Anacortes was officially incorporated in May 1891.

Anacortes and nearby Attractions

  • Summit Park
  • Leona M Sundquist Marine Laboratory
  • Washington Park
  • Anaco Beach
  • Havekost Monument
  • Whistle Lake

Things To Do In Anacortes

Anacortes is well known for its arts and crafts and provides interesting shopping opportunities. The Anacortes Arts Festival is a highly anticipated local event which is held in August every year. The Anacortes Community Theater has a reputation for putting on excellent plays. The city has an extensive park system, community forestlands, and waterfront which provide a range of recreational opportunities.

Anacortes Transportation

Bellingham International Airport offers facilities for air transportation.

Anacortes Higher Education

Western Washington University, Skagit Valley College, and Whatcom Community College are the nearby institutions providing higher education.

Demographics

People

Total Population16,425
Male Share of the Population47%
Female Share of the Population53%
Senior Citizens25.6%
Employed Population 16+7,053
Age of the Population49

Families

% of people married57.7%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher39.6%
Median Earnings25+$41,245
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$26,979
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,746

Wealth

Median Family Income$78,770
% Above Poverty Level90%
% Below Poverty Level10%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home8.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work6.4%
% Using Public Transportation1.3%

Housing

People Living Alone27.9%
Median Gross Rent$1,107
Median House Value$351,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)16.4%
English14.5%
Irish11.8%
Norwegian7.3%
Scottish4.2%
Swedish3.9%
Italian3.8%
French Except Basque3.3%
Dutch2%
Polish1.8%
Welsh1.5%
Danishn1.4%
Croatian0.8%
Swiss0.7%
Finnish0.7%
Canadian0.6%
Czech0.6%
Greek0.5%
Portuguese0.5%
Russian0.5%
Lithuanian0.4%
Ukrainian0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Brazilian0.3%
Australian0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Arab0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
US/American0.1%
Icelander0.1%
Belgian0.1%
German0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Albanian0.1%
Serbian0.1%
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Anacortes Almanac

CategoryValue
County Skagit County, San Juan County
Standard Zip Codes98221, 98222
Phone Area Codes360
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude48.46
Approximate Longitude-122.6

Anacortes Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationANACORTES
Distance0.4 miles
Jan Temp35 to 46 F
Apr Temp42 to 57 F
Jul Temp53 to 72 F
Oct Temp44 to 59 F
Annual Precip27 inches
StationOLGA 2 SE
Distance11.2 miles
Jan Temp34 to 45 F
Apr Temp40 to 57 F
Jul Temp49 to 70 F
Oct Temp43 to 58 F
Annual Precip28.1 inches
StationMOUNT VERNON 3 WNW
Distance11.8 miles
Jan Temp34 to 46 F
Apr Temp41 to 58 F
Jul Temp52 to 73 F
Oct Temp42 to 60 F
Annual Precip32.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bellingham85,388$69,466
Burlington8,590$63,359
Friday Harbor2,419$62,689
La Conner789$65,000
Mount Vernon33,787$62,670
Oak Harbor22,527$59,073

Anacortes Public Libraries

Anacortes Public Library
1220 10TH ST
Anacortes, Washington
(360) 293-1910

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Anacortes Hospitals

Island Hospital
(Government - District/authority)
1211 24th St
(360) 299-1300

Anacortes Public Schools

Anacortes High School
1600 20th Street
ZIP: 98221
(360) 293-2166
High
Total Enrollment 809
Anacortes Middle School
2202 M Avenue
ZIP: 98221
(360) 293-1230
Middle
Total Enrollment 425
Cap Sante High School
1600 20th Street
ZIP: 98221
(360) 293-1225
High
Total Enrollment 52
Decatur Elementary
Decatur Island
ZIP: 98221
(360) 375-6004
Primary
Total Enrollment 1
Fidalgo Elementary
13590 Gibralter Road
ZIP: 98221
(360) 293-9545
Primary
Total Enrollment 432
Island View Elementary
2501 J Avenue
ZIP: 98221
(360) 293-3149
Primary
Total Enrollment 415
Mount Erie Elementary
1313 41st Street
ZIP: 98221
(360) 293-9541
Primary
Total Enrollment 488
Secret Harbor
1809 Commericial Ave
ZIP: 98221
(253) 945-2084
Whitney Elementary Anacortes
1200 M Avenue
ZIP: 98221
(360) 293-9536
Primary
Total Enrollment 128
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