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Whidbey Island

A relaxing haven of natural vistas and gorgeous surroundings.

Overview for Whidbey Island, WA

2,644 people live in Whidbey Island, where the median age is 22.2 and the average individual income is $24,135. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

22.2 years

Median Age


Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


Average individual Income

Welcome to Whidbey Island

The largest island in Washington’s Island County, Whidbey Island straddles the Olympic Peninsula and the I-5 corridor of western Washington. Considered the northern boundary of Puget Sound, Whidbey Island maintains a friendly, small-town atmosphere among its residents and is full of stunning natural surroundings, creating an absolute dream location sought after by many families and retirees.

Blanketed in a mild Pacific climate and many sunny days — especially considering the island’s northern location — Whidbey Island homes for sale are verdant, picturesque, and welcoming. Whales can be spotted during migration seasons from the shore, orcas inhabit some surrounding waters, and the island is an excellent spot for birdwatching, as 230 bird species take advantage of the diverse ecosystems. No matter how long you’ve appreciated the wealth of community and nature available at Whidbey Island, the time is always right to finally make the plunge and buy your dream home right on the island.

When it comes to architecture, the buildings are just as attractive as the rest of the area. The wide variety of quaint, becoming styles give the island even more character and feed into the overwhelmingly beautiful aesthetic of the community. Beach cottages, grand manors, cabins, historic houses, contemporary abodes, farmhouses, and more await — dotting the rolling fields and waterfront views of Whidbey Island. Enchanted by charismatic surroundings, breathtaking views, and a community-forward lifestyle, Whidbey Island is where your Island County dreams can come true, no matter what they are.

Things to Love

  • Gorgeous green spaces and state parks

  • Small but lively and diverse community

  • Considered Island County’s artists’ destination

  • Delicious seafood restaurants

Local Lifestyle

Referred to as “Pacific Northwest’s answer to Nantucket,” Whidbey Island thrives with a nautical heart and is full of homegrown pride. You won’t find too many boring national chains here, but rather pleasant mom-and-pop shops, friendly local businesses, chic boutiques, and more. The community members — called Whidbey Islanders — are thrilled to call the island their home, and residents take great pride in the wealth of natural scenery in addition to modern big city amenities. You don’t have to forgo your favorite type of latte or wardrobe style because Whidbey Island Real Estate has more than enough to offer in its own right.

For those with a penchant for fine wines, Whidbey Island does not disappoint. Travelers and wine enthusiasts should make a point to visit the local wineries scattered across the island, each offering a unique selection of exquisite red and white wines. A must-visit is the quaint Greenbank Farm, where you can enjoy wine tastings in charmingly converted barns. This venue also hosts shopping opportunities and art shows, making it a perfect blend of culture and leisure. Be sure to check business hours before you go and remember to drink responsibly.

Many people live and work on the island, but others take advantage of picturesque commutes to head to their careers in Seattle, Everett, or Marysville. The communities throughout the area come with their own vibes and attitudes, such as the difference between the “Northenders” and “Southenders,” but what they all have in common is their commitment to the support and love of the 45-miles-long island they call home.​​​​​​​

This blend of small-town charm with a sophisticated edge ensures that Whidbey Island is not just a place to visit, but a destination to experience and cherish. Whether you're shopping in one-of-a-kind boutiques or sipping locally-produced wines, the island offers a rich tapestry of attractions that cater to both the rustic and the refined. If you’re ready to call yourself a Whidbey Islander, join the near-70,000 population throughout the island! Nearby is the esteemed San Juan Island as well!  ​​​

Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment

Known for their seafood, it’s a common occurrence to enjoy the flavorful taste of cuisine caught within mere miles of the restaurant it's being served at. The local fine dining institutions, casual warmth, cute shops, and more create an atmosphere of community and authentic island living.
Considered a unique treasure to Whidbey and Camano Islanders, Greenbank Farm boasts two fine art galleries, a cafe, and several shops. As if that weren’t enough, you can enjoy the buzzing of bees and blossoming flowers at the demonstration garden or a walk with your favorite furry friend on one of the several dog-friendly walking trails. Locals love spending an afternoon at Coupeville Wharf in Penn Cove, home to an active marina, the perfect backdrops to take this year’s family photo, and a delicious restaurant and shopping. 

Taste the authentic-yet-innovative French-inspired Northwest Bistro cuisine found at Prima Bistro, which features a cocktail bar, extensive wine list, and an ever-changing menu, ensuring the best possible dishes for the season. To take advantage of your kitchen, be sure to stop by the Bayview Farmers Market for farm-fresh produce, community involvement, artisan craft goods, and more.

Things to Do

After appreciating the island from afar, it’s an incredible feeling to pursue its many exclusive activities. Of course, the natural splendor is a huge draw, but that’s by no means where the appeal stops. With a community committed to the island and each other, it’s easy to find festivals and events any time of the year.

Sink into the local love of seafood at the annual Penn Cove Musselfest, where live entertainment, incredibly fresh seafood, restaurant dishes, and of course, award-winning mussels await Whidbey Islanders. Watch as the area bands together once a year at the Oak Harbor Music Festival, where local legends and national acts come together to celebrate live music and delicious food vendors. 

The Langley Whale Festival is famous for introducing the whale watching season. At the same time, the Tour De Whidbey is an annual fundraising event that raises the bar for local charity events — picturesque rides and fun neighbors make this event better than ever. And we’d be remiss not to mention the numerous top-tier state parks present throughout the island.    

Property for Sale in Whidbey Island

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Whidbey Island Waterfront Homes for Sale

Whidbey Island Towns

Demographics and Employment Data for Whidbey Island, WA

Whidbey Island has 80 households, with an average household size of 1.61. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Whidbey Island do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


Median Age

81.16 / 18.84%

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Schools in Whidbey Island, WA

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The following schools are within or nearby Whidbey Island. 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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Around Whidbey Island, WA

There's plenty to do around Whidbey Island, 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 Slab City Sammies, Zanini's Deli and Catering, and The Book Rack.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 1.29 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 3.48 miles 46 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 2.59 miles 19 reviews 4.8/5 stars
Active 3.52 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.81 miles 8 reviews 4.8/5 stars
Beauty 2.07 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars

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