A small city in Washington, Anacortes has slightly more than 16,000 residents. Retirees are customary, as they account for 26% of the population compared to 14% nationally, while young adults account for a smaller percentage of the city. With an average age of just under 46, the city's population skews older than most cities in Washington. The majority of residents own their homes in Anacortes, and 34% of residents rent. The average rent of $1,149 per month is roughly equal to the state average.
Anacortes has a high concentration of residents older than 25 with advanced degrees compared to the national average (7%), as 10% have earned a Master's degree or a Doctorate. Furthermore, 18% have earned a Bachelor's degree, which also outpaces the national average. Many Anacortes residents work in one of three industries: healthcare, retail, and entertainment. Together, these industries make up 18% of the city's workforce. Meanwhile, looking at job function, many workers in these industries are in sales, as 6% of the city's population reports this as their field of work, the highest number of any profession. Anacortes workers take home an average annual income of just under $80,000, roughly the same as the average Washington resident. However, Anacortes compares more favorably to the national average of $73,345.
With an average commute time of about 23 minutes, shorter than most cities in Washington, Anacortes residents find that it isn't overly time-consuming to get to work. Many residents (35%) drive to work, while public transportation is not widely used. Walking (2%) isn't a common method of commuting to work, though the number does exceed the national average.
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