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Skagit County Today

SKAGIT COUNTY POPULATION

  • Skagit County: 118,109
  • Anacortes: 15,941
  • Burlington: 8,474
  • Concrete: 712
  • Hamilton: 303
  • La Conner: 901
  • Lyman: 444
  • Mount Vernon: 32,070
  • Sedro-Woolley: 10,712

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, population estimates for 2011 based on the 2010 Census information.

MEDIAN HOME PRICES

  • Anacortes - $290,000
  • Guemes Island - $265,875
  • La Conner - $254,500
  • Other Skagit County - $200,000
  • Burlington - $199,500
  • Mount Vernon - $189,500
  • Sedro-Woolley - $165,950
  • Lyman/Hamilton - $124,500
  • Concrete and up river - $64,628

Source: Northwest Multiple Listing Service, 2011 closed sales through October.

MAJOR PRIVATE EMPLOYERS

Janicki Industries, composite tooling supplier for aerospace, space defense, marine, wind
energy and ground transportation industry, Sedro-Woolley.

Regence BlueShield, health insurance, Burlington.

Skagit Valley Casino Resort, Bow.

Shell Puget Sound Refinery, petroleum processing, Anacortes.

Tesoro Anacortes Refinery, petroleum processing, Anacortes.

Dakota Creek Industries, ship building and repair, Anacortes.

Trident Seafoods Corporation, seafood processing, Anacortes.

Draper Valley Farms, chicken processing, Mount Vernon.

PACCAR, truck building and testing, Burlington.

Dunlap Towing Co., marine towing service, La Conner.

Source: Economic Development Association of Skagit County, 2011.

 

PORT DISTRICTS

The Port of Skagit County

  • Major Facilities: Skagit Regional Airport, La Conner Marina, Bay View Business Park.
  • Governance: Three commissioners, elected for six-year terms, and an executive director.
  • Jobs on the Property: 968 full- and part-time jobs.
  • Number of Tenants: 82
  • Major Tenants: Hexcel, Lindal Building Products, Team Corporation, Tomco Marine Group, Tri-County Truss, Van Zyverden, Volant Aircraft Interiors.

www.portofskagit.com | 360-757-0011


The Port of Anacortes

  • Major Facilities: The 950-slip Cap Sante Marina, Anacortes Airport, the marine terminal.
  • Governance: Five commissioners, elected from five individual districts who serve four-year terms, and an executive director.
  • Major Tenants: Dakota Creek Industries, Puget Sound Rope, Nordic Northwest Yachts, M&M Fish, Northwest Marine Technology, Micro AeroDynamics, Transpac Marinas, San Juan Airlines, Washington State Ferries.

www.portofanacortes.com | 360-293-3134

 

HEALTH CARE

Skagit Regional Health (Skagit Valley Hospital & Skagit Regional Clinics)
1415 E. Kincaid, Mount Vernon
skagitvalleyhospital.org | 360-424-4111

The public hospital opened in 1958 after voters passed a bond. Skagit Valley Hospital expanded in 2007, and then in 2010 added Skagit Regional Clinics to its list of services. In addition, Skagit Regional Health partnered with Cascade Skagit Health Alliance in Smokey Point, once again expanding its services and service area.
 
Offerings include outpatient diagnostics and rehabilitation services, surgery, acute care, a family birth center, heart and vascular care, orthopedic services, and surgery and cancer treatment at its Regional Cancer Care Center. The hospital has 137 beds, and all rooms are private. The hospital also has a clinic on Camano Island.
 
The hospital reports that it received five-star ratings in nine key clinical areas and is a Top 100 hospital for 2012 in joint replacement, orthopedics and prostatectomy, according to HealthGrades, the nation’s leading health care ratings firm.
 
The hospital is Skagit County’s largest employer and the third-largest public district hospital in the state.


United General Hospital
2000 Hospital Drive, Sedro-Woolley
UnitedGeneral.org | 360-856-6021

United General Hospital in Sedro-Woolley has been part of the community for more than 40 years, providing health care for the areas of Burlington, Bay View, Clear Lake, Concrete, Marblemount, parts of Mount Vernon and Samish Island, more than 2,000 square miles in Skagit County and parts of Whatcom County.
 
Services include acute care, a breast care suite, diagnostic imaging, the North Puget Sound Cancer Center, occupational therapy, a Sleep Disorders Center, surgery, family medicine, pulmonary rehabilitation, intensive care unit and more. The hospital also offers Wellness 360, a community education program emphasizing all-around health.

Island Hospital
1211 24th St., Anacortes
islandhospital.org | 360-299-1300

Island Hospital in Anacortes has been serving a large area in west Skagit County, north Whidbey Island and the San Juan Islands since 1962. Services at the hospital include a birth center, cancer care center, critical care, diagnostic imaging, emergency services, physical therapy and rehabilitation, prenatal care, surgery and a sleep wellness center.

Island Hospital also manages family care clinics in Anacortes and on Lopez Island. It was honored in 2006 as one of the nation’s Top 100 hospitals for performance and improvement by Evanston, Ill.-based Solucient, a national health care information corporation.

EDUCATION

Founded in 1926, Skagit Valley College, a two-year community college, provides educational opportunities for about 6,000 full-and part-time students. The college provides two-year degrees that will transfer to most Washington state four-year colleges and universities. It also offers majors in music, visual arts, science, environmental conservation, business, communications and more.

Other services include professional technical options such as nursing, automotive technology, culinary arts, business management, criminal justice and more. Local residents also can take advantage of numerous community education classes in everything from computer training to finances.

Skagit County also is home to seven school districts: Anacortes, Burlington-Edison, Concrete, Conway, La Conner, Mount Vernon and Sedro-Woolley

The main Skagit Valley campus is in Mount Vernon. There are satellite facilities in Oak Harbor, Anacortes, Friday Harbor and Clinton.

www.skagit.edu | 360-416-7600
Mount Vernon Campus
2405 E. College Way

CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE

Anacortes
www.anacortes.org
819 Commercial Ave.
360-293-7911

Burlington
www.burlington-chamber.com
111 South Cherry Street
360-757-0994

Concrete
www.concrete-wa.com
45770 Main St.
360-853-8784
360-853-8767

La Conner
www.lovelaconner.com
511 3 Morris Street
360-446-4778
888-642-9284

Mount Vernon
www.mountvernonchamber.com
301 W. Kincaid St.
360-428-8547

Sedro-Woolley
www.sedro-woolley.com
714 B Metcalf St.
360-855-1841

LIBRARIES

Anacortes Library
1220 10th St.
360-293-1910
library.cityofanacortes.org

Burlington Library
820 E. Washington Ave.
(360) 755-0760
http://www.ci.burlington.wa.us

La Conner Regional Library
614 Morris St.
360-466-3352
www.lclib.lib.wa.us

Mount Vernon Library
320 Snoqualmie St.
(360) 336-6209
www.ci.mount-vernon.wa.us

Sedro-Woolley Public Library
802 Ball Ave.
360-855-1166
http://www.ci.sedro-woolley.wa.us

Upper Skagit Library District
45770 Main St., #B
Concrete
360-853-7939
www.upperskagit.lib.wa.us

NEWSPAPERS

Skagit Valley Herald (daily)
1215 Anderson Road, Mount Vernon
360-424-3251, www.google.com

Anacortes American (weekly)
901 Sixth St., Anacortes
360-293-3122, www.wikipedia.org

The Argus (weekly)
1215 Anderson Road, Mount Vernon
360-424-3251, www.google.com

Courier-Times (weekly)
1215 Anderson Road, Mount Vernon
360-424-3251, www.google.com

Concrete Herald (monthly)
360-853-8213
www.concrete-herald.com

La Conner Weekly News
313 Morris St., La Conner
360-466-3315

RADIO STATIONS

KAPS 660 (Mount Vernon)
Country music.
kapsradio.com

KWLE 1340 (Anacortes)
Adult contemporary music, local news and sports.
1340thewhale.com

KBRC 1430 (Mount Vernon)
Classic hits.
kbrcradio.com

KSVR 90.1 FM (Mount Vernon)
Broadcast news, public affairs programs and music in English and Spanish from Skagit Valley College.
ksvr.org

TELEVISION/PUBLIC ACCESS

Channel 10, Anacortes
City’s government access channel broadcasting City Council and Port of Anacortes Commission meetings, public notices, community events and related programming.

Access Skagit Television, Skagit 21, Mount Vernon
Can be seen on Comcast Cable channel 21 in the greater Skagit Valley viewing area. Broadcasts public meetings for cities and the county, along with public notices and events.

MALLS

Cascade Mall
201 Cascade Mall Drive, Burlington
www.shopcascademall.com
360-757-2070

The Outlet Shoppes at Burlington
448 Fashion Way, Burlington
www.theoutletshoppesatburlington.com
360-757-3549