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A community of natural splendor perfect for unwinding and boating.

Overview for Anacortes, WA

17,437 people live in Anacortes, where the median age is 48.6 and the average individual income is $46,107. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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48.6 years

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Welcome to Anacortes

A seaside oasis of nature and community on Fidalgo Island, Anacortes is located north of Seattle and is known for its vibrant, pastel aesthetic and friendly community. Connected to Whidbey Island by a bridge at Deception Pass State Park, Washington State’s most popular state park, Anacortes enjoys a perfect blend of evocative surroundings and welcoming neighbors. 

Home to more than 67 miles of public trails, Anacortes is only a few miles from old-growth forests full of striking scenery and waterfront views. Between easy access to the mainland via a bridge, the city is only 15.4 miles but is considered spacious, relaxing, and full of opportunity. 

Initially known for its fishing tradition, thriving canning industry and timber mills, the seaside village of Anacortes has blossomed into a gorgeous destination of attractive architecture, waterfront vistas, and the famous verdant Washington greenery for which Island County is famous. Anacortes' architectural styles include cozy Craftsmans, cabins, sleek contemporary abodes, and Cape Cod-style ranch houses. With all these options, the dream of being an Anacortes resident is closer than ever!

Things to Love

  • Easy access to the mainland and other great destinations like Whidbey Island

  • Ideal boating destination

  • A close-knit community

  • A warm-summer, Mediterranean climate

  • Home to one of the last remaining old-growth forests throughout all of Washington

Local Lifestyle

With a small but mighty population barely topping 16,000, the residents of Anacortes are proud to live on the island and are passionate about their city. The community is present on every corner and in every mom-and-pop shop. If you’re ready to count yourself among that number, get excited to live with close access to some of the nation’s best boating, birdwatching, whale watching, and festivals.

City’s with a stable population, many retirees and families are enamored with the small, seaside town vibe and charmed by the many big-city amenities the area offers. Replete with restaurants, coffee shops, and especially excellent parks, Anacortes has something to offer everyone.

Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment

The heart of Anacortes is found downtown, where a variety of delicious eateries and lovely boutiques and shops are waiting. The walkable streets are bursting with stops for the whole family to enjoy, and the area even includes many stunning art galleries with rotating displays to suit the season.

Nestled into the Marina, Anthony’s leans into its Anacortes heritage for some truly top-tier seafood and unparalleled views, as it’s situated practically on the water. On the other hand, a casually upscale Italian restaurant in the Anacortes, Nonna Luisa Ristorante, is a local favorite for celebrating life’s achievements.

For a mix of delicious American fare and Anacortes-special seafood-influenced menu items, be sure to head over to Brown Lantern, which was voted Best Hamburger of Anacortes in 2021. Sink your teeth into that award-winning burger while enjoying the excitement of great live music! Or, visit Rockfish Grill & Anacortes Brewery for some of the best brews in the area, not to mention fish ‘n’ chips, pizza, house ales, and some more excellent live music to add to the already great atmosphere.

Things to Do

While Anacortes might be home to some of the state’s best natural vistas and trails, that’s not where the excitement ends. Considering how involved the city’s community is, it’s no surprise that numerous festivals and outdoor fun await each resident.

Surround yourself with the beauty of Anacortes’ annual Art Festival, where the whole community comes together to celebrate the diversity and culture found in their community with striking pieces of all varieties. Meanwhile, locals relish the chance to “let their inner sailor out” at the Waterfront Festival, where the whole family gets a chance to enjoy a car show, food vendors, water-based activities, arts and crafts, and more!

Don’t forget to check out the annual Bier on the Pier Brew & Cider Festival, held right on the Pier of Anacortes with more than 40 breweries and food trucks to sample from. After all that fun, be sure to be wowed by the annual Oyster Run, hailed as the largest motorcycle run in all of the Pacific Northwest!

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Demographics and Employment Data for Anacortes, WA

Anacortes has 7,734 households, with an average household size of 2.24. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Anacortes do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 17,437 people call Anacortes home. The population density is 1,490.48 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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48.82 / 51.18%

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Schools in Anacortes, WA

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The following schools are within or nearby Anacortes. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Open Doors - Youth Reengagement Program
9th - 12th
No rating available
9th - 12th
Whitney Early Childhood Education Center
PreK - K
No rating available
K - 9th
No rating available
Anacortes Middle School
6th - 8th
Island View Elementary
K - 5th
9th - 12th
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9th - 12th
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San Juan Montessori School
PreK - K
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Decatur Elementary
K - 8th
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Mount Erie Elementary
K - 5th

Around Anacortes, WA

There's plenty to do around Anacortes, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Somewhat Bikeable
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Anacortes Oil & Vinegar Bar, Zaza Mediterranean & Turkish Coffee Drive-Thru, and Sugar Mama Cafe.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining · $$ 1.95 miles 19 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.35 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.97 miles 15 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.83 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.79 miles 38 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Active 1.65 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars

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