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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.

People

Total Population 16,048
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 24.1%
Employed Population 16+ 6,917
Age of the Population 48

Families

% of people married 56.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 37.3%
Median Earnings25+ $37,280
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $26,500
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,435

Wealth

Median Family Income $73,764
% Above Poverty Level 89.7%
% Below Poverty Level 10.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 8.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.1%
% Using Public Transportation 1.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 28.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,049
Median House Value $311,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 17.1%
US/American 0.1%
English 13.8%
Irish 10.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Anacortes Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 18 miles S of Bellingham, Washington (center to center)
Nearest Large City 64 miles N of Seattle, Washington
County Skagit
Standard Zip Codes 98221, 98222
Phone Area Codes 360
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 48.512
Longitude -122.611

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)

Station ANACORTES
Distance 0.4 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 46 F
Apr Temp 42 to 57 F
Jul Temp 53 to 72 F
Oct Temp 44 to 59 F
Annual Precip 27 inches
Station OLGA 2 SE
Distance 11.2 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 45 F
Apr Temp 40 to 57 F
Jul Temp 49 to 70 F
Oct Temp 43 to 58 F
Annual Precip 28.1 inches
Station MOUNT VERNON 3 WNW
Distance 11.8 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 46 F
Apr Temp 41 to 58 F
Jul Temp 52 to 73 F
Oct Temp 42 to 60 F
Annual Precip 32.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Anacortes, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Blakely Island (98222)

Guemes (98221)

Guemes Island (98221)

Similk Beach (98221)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bellingham 82,944 $64,682
Burlington 8,509 $55,527
Friday Harbor 2,162 $60,656
La Conner 748 $46,667
Mount Vernon 32,957 $53,807
Oak Harbor 22,331 $54,490

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Anacortes Hospitals

ISLAND HOSPITAL
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
1211 24TH STREET
(360) 299-1300
Emergency Service: Yes

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Anacortes High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

ANACORTES HIGH SCHOOL
1600 20TH STREET
360-293-2166
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 935 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.5

LEARNING OPPORTUNITY CENTER
2801 COMMERCIAL AVENUE
360-293-1225
A Non-traditional School
Serves 92 students.

PARENT PARTNER PROGRAM
2200 M AVENUE
360-293-1210
A Non-traditional School
Serves 88 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 44

RUNNING START
1600 20TH STREET
360-293-2166
A Non-traditional School
Serves 32 students.

SECRET HARBOR
2200 M AVENUE
360-293-1212
A Special Education School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 16 students.

COOPERATIVES
2200 M AVENUE
360-293-1216
A Non-traditional School
Serves 12 students.

SECRET HARBOR
1809 COMMERICIA AVE
253-945-2084
Serves 1 students.

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