Anacortes, WA
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Anacortes is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Washington. With a population of 16,953 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Anacortes is the 66th largest community in Washington.

Anacortes home prices are not only among the most expensive in Washington, but Anacortes real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Anacortes is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Anacortes is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Anacortes who work in office and administrative support (12.43%), management occupations (11.15%), and sales jobs (10.08%).

A relatively large number of people in Anacortes telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.79% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Anacortes is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

The citizens of Anacortes are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 39.56% of adults in Anacortes have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Anacortes in 2010 was $37,385, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $149,540 for a family of four. However, Anacortes contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Anacortes home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Anacortes residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Anacortes include German, English, Irish, Norwegian, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Anacortes is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.