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Anacortes, Washington - Basic Facts

The City of Anacortes had a population of 18,076 as of July 1, 2023.

The primary coordinate point for Anacortes is located at latitude 48.5126 and longitude -122.6127 in Skagit County. The formal boundaries for the City of Anacortes encompass a land area of 11.74 sq. miles and a water area of 3.96 sq. miles. Skagit County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8).

The City of Anacortes has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Washington is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Anacortes is located within Anacortes Division of Skagit County.

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Anacortes, WA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2023)


Total Population 18,076 (100%)
Population in Households 18,007 (99.6%)
Population in Families 14,065 (77.8%)
Population in Group Quarters1 69 ( 0.4%)
Population Density 1,545
Diversity Index2 37


Median Household Income $82,294
Average Household Income $116,807
% of Income for Mortgage4 45%
Per Capita Income $52,061
Wealth Index5 136
Socioeconomic Status Index6 Moderate (54.8)


Total HU (Housing Units) 8,610 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 5,640 (65.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,415 (28.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 555 ( 6.4%)
Median Home Value $618,053
Average Home Value $682,620
Housing Affordability Index3 55


Total Households 8,055
Average Household Size 2.24
Family Households 5,175
Average Family Size 3.00
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.
  6. The Socioeconomic Index ranges from zero (lowest relative status) to 100 (highest relative status). This measure quantifies disparities in social position of an area's inhabitants and is built from a broad range of demographic, housing, and socioeconomic inputs. More information on this measure can be found in Esri's SEI tutorial.


2020-2023 2023-2028
Population 0.76% 0.46%
Households 0.89% 0.56%
Families   0.61%
Median Household Income   3.84%
Per Capita Income   3.37%
Owner Occupied HU   1.05%

Anacortes, WA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Anacortes to the other 639 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Washington by rank and percentile using July 1, 2023 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 80 88th
Population Density # 206 68th
Median Household Income # 263 59th
Housing Affordability Index # 127 20th
Per Capita Income # 168 74th
Diversity Index # 432 33rd

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