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 16,403 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 sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Anacortes who work in office and administrative support (13.18%), management occupations (10.11%), and sales jobs (10.05%).

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.27% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.

One of the nice things about Anacortes is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

The population of Anacortes is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 37.25% of adults in Anacortes have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Anacortes in 2010 was $34,231, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $136,924 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 English, Irish, Norwegian, and Scottish.

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