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Overview

Introduction to Oak Harbor, Washington

Oak Harbor, Washington, in Island county, is 29 miles NW of Everett, Washington (center to center) and 49 miles N of Seattle, Washington. The city is part of the Seattle - Bellevue - Everett metropolitan statistical area (MSA).

Oak Harbor History

Oak Harbor was so named because of the Garry Oak trees in the region. It is the largest incorporated city of Whidbey Island. The Deception Pass Bridge was established on July 31, 1935, and the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island was built on September 21, 1942. Oak Harbor was originally settled in the early 1850s. Martin Tafton, C.W. Sumner, and Ulrich Freund were the first settlers of the city. The first high school of the city was built in 1906.

Oak Harbor and nearby Attractions

  • Deception Pass State Park
  • Ebey's Landing National Historic Reserve
  • Joseph Whidbey State Park
  • City Beach Park
  • Port Townsend Marine Science Center
  • Children's Museum of Skagit County

Things To Do In Oak Harbor

The local parks of Oak Harbor include Shadow Glen Park, Meadow Ridge Park, Koetje Park, Regional Ball Park, Tyhuis Park, Redwing Park, Fort Nugent Park, Ruth Cohen Memorial Park, and Kimball Memorial Park. You can also visit Deception Pass State Park, one of the popular state parks of Washington. The San Juan Island National Historical Park and Jefferson County Historical Society Museum are also nearby.

Oak Harbor Transportation

You can avail air transportation from Bellingham International Airport.

Oak Harbor Higher Education

Facilities for higher studies are offered by Skagit Valley College, Edmonds Community College, and Western Washington University.

People

Total Population 22,331
Male Share of the Population 49.5%
Female Share of the Population 50.5%
Senior Citizens 10.8%
Employed Population 16+ 10,246
Age of the Population 30

Families

% of people married 53.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $54,490
% Above Poverty Level 86.9%
% Below Poverty Level 13.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 32%
Median Gross Rent $1,075
Median House Value $223,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 38.8%
US/American 0%
English 9.2%
Irish 10.7%

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

Oak Harbor Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 29 miles NW of Everett, Washington (center to center)
Nearest Large City 49 miles N of Seattle, Washington
County Island
Standard Zip Codes 98277
Company Zip Codes 98278
Phone Area Codes 360
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 48.293
Longitude -122.641

Oak Harbor 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 WHIDBEY ISLAND NAS
Distance 4.1 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 46 F
Apr Temp 41 to 56 F
Jul Temp 50 to 66 F
Oct Temp 42 to 57 F
Annual Precip 20.2 inches
Station COUPEVILLE 1 S
Distance 7 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 45 F
Apr Temp 40 to 57 F
Jul Temp 51 to 71 F
Oct Temp 42 to 58 F
Annual Precip 21.3 inches
Station MOUNT VERNON 3 WNW
Distance 15.3 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Anacortes 16,048 $73,764
Coupeville 2,141 $75,250
La Conner 748 $46,667
Mount Vernon 32,957 $53,807
Stanwood 6,560 $69,890

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

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Oak Harbor High Schools

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OAK HARBOR HIGH SCHOOL
950 NW 2ND AVE.
360-679-5806
Serves 1,732 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.9

HOMECONNECTION
350 S. OAK HARBOR ST.
360-279-8826
Serves 198 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 99

SPECIAL EDUCATION
350 S. OAK HARBOR ST.
A Special Education School
Serves 72 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24

MIDWAY SCHOOL
200 SE MIDWAY BLVD.
360-279-5405
A Non-traditional School
Serves 50 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.5

TRANSITION SCHOOL
200 SE MIDWAY BLVD.
360-679-5809
A Special Education School
Serves 9 students.

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