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Anacortes is a unique, creative, vibrant, and caring maritime community that supports cultural and economic diversity and vitality, balances sustainable growth with respect for our history, and protects our natural environment and public lands for future generations. The city, which is home to a variety of industrial, commercial, and retail companies, boasts an affluent clientele, easy access to major transportation corridors, low taxes, excess utility capacity, and an excellent quality of life.

Anacortes is the principal city on Fidalgo Island, the eastern-most island in the San Juan archipelago.  Anacortes, an All-American City, is the second-largest city in Skagit County and its largest seaport. The city has modern educational facilities, state-of-the-art health care, and abundant business opportunities, all in the natural beauty of an island setting.

Anacortes residents and visitors enjoy 12½ miles of saltwater shoreline, a pristine environment, four freshwater lakes, thousands of city-owned forestlands and parks (with more than 50 miles of maintained forest trails), as well as breathtaking water, island and mountain views. The natural abundance, a vibrant community and the convenience of bridges connecting to the mainland make Anacortes a clear choice for those seeking a superior quality of life.

Major Employers

  • Island Hospital
  • Equilon Enterprises (Shell Puget Sound Refinery)
  • Anacortes School District
  • Tesoro Refining & Marketing
  • Dakota Creek Industries
  • Trident Seafoods Corp.
  • City of Anacortes
  • Northwest Educational
  • Brand Energy Solutions
  • Fidalgo Care Center
  • Safeway Stores
  • T Bailey Inc.
  • Integra Systems, Inc.
  • Brown & Cole Stores
  • New World Yacht
  • Anthony’s Fish Bar
  • Sugiyo USA

The Anacortes School District, with an enrollment of 2,900 students, has been recognized as being in the top 5% of high performing districts in the state.  Anacortes is home to:

Economic Strategic Plan
2016-2021 Tourism Promotion Strategic Plan

Community Resources
Anacortes Maritime Strategic Plan

Anacortes Chamber of Commerce

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Planning, Community and Development



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Median Household

$81,029 $85,521

Average Household

$106,395 $117,444

Per Capita

$46,989 $51,812

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