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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A+
  12. Commute
    A-
Anacortes is a town in Washington with a population of 16,725. Anacortes is in Skagit County and is one of the best places to live in Washington. Living in Anacortes offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Anacortes there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many retirees live in Anacortes and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Anacortes are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$374,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,163
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    35%
  • Own
    65%
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Anacortes Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    110.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    46.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    17.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    373.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,798
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    46.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    10%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    16%
  • 65+ years
    26%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    15%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in Anacortes

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$67,698
National
$55,322
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Anacortes Reviews

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I grew up here. Its beautiful place to live. There is a a huge hidden drug problem. People are rude and judgy. They love to gossip and if they disagree with you, they turn almost hostile. There's nothing for kids and teenagers to do. Honestly its more of a retirement community than anything. Its expensive and you have to leave the island for any real shopping. It's not ,because of the island for limited shopping. Theres the two huge bridges connecting the island to the mainland. Its because the city council won't let anything in. Unless you are retiring, I would only recommend visiting Anacortes. Due to the beauty of the island. There's great hiking trails. Plus you have a the ferry system so you can visit the San Juan islands.
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Anacortes is a great town to grow up in. It is a small, family-oriented town and is surrounded by beautiful areas to see. There are tons of town events, close-knit activities and clubs and the schools get opportunities and resources. We are on an island so it is a pretty place! we are surrounded by the ocean so you have beaches and there are many activities to do like hiking, biking, and skiing.
Anacortes is a big small town. However, despite its growing size, its culture and community stay true to a small town vibe and atmosphere. It hosts a welcoming community and attractions such as local restaurants and beautiful landscapes that can gain anyone's love.