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Quick Facts: Skagit County

Latest update: June 9, 2015

For the past decade, Skagit County has been one of Washington state's leaders in job creation. An available workforce with a tremendous work ethic, excellent local schools, a great community college, affordable housing, outstanding health care, a low crime rate, and cooperative local agencies make Skagit County a great business location. -- choosewashington.com

Population (2010 census):

Anacortes                                    15,778

Burlington                                     8,388

Concrete                                         705

Hamilton                                         301

La Conner                                       891

Lyman                                            438

Mount Vernon                              31,743

Sedro-Woolley                             10,450

Unincorporated                            48,117

Total                                         116,901

 

Skagit County households: 43,713

Median Household Income (2012): $53,400

Per Capita Personal Income (2012): $40,456

Average earnings per job (2010): $41,078

 

Labor Force, April 2015 (WA Employment Security):

Civilian                               56,170

Total Employed                 52,680

Total Unemployed                3,490

Unemployment Rate              6.2% 

 

Top 20 Employers, June 30, 2014 (WWU Center for Economic and Business Research):

1. Skagit Regional Health                      2,000

2. Mount Vernon School District            815

3. Shell Puget Sound Refinery                726*

4. Island Hospital                                       718

5. Janicki Industries                                695

6. Skagit County Government                  636

7. Swinomish Casino                                 499

8. Walmart                                                425

9. Tesoro Refinery                                348-400

10. Sedro-Woolley School District           366

11. Burlington-Edison School District     310

12. PACCAR Technical Center                261

13. Costco                                                  154

14. Skagit Gardens Inc.                           152

15. Fred Meyer                                           97-211

16. Home Depot                                         125-150

17. Skagit State Bank                               144

18. Karmart                                                 105

19. Hexcel                                                    100

20. Snelson Co. Inc.                                      86

* 250 of the Shell employees are contractors

 

Employment by Company Size (Economic Development Association of Skagit County):

 Up to 4 employees: 8,615 companies

5 to 9 employees: 1,644 companies

10 to 19 employees: 1,005 companies

20 to 49 employees: 644 companies

50 to 99 employees: 206 companies

100 to 249 employees: 79 companies

250 or more employees: 40 companies

Total: 57,000 employees in 12,500 companies

 

Employment by Industry (Washington Regional Economic Analysis Project, 2010):

    # of jobs          % of total jobs            Av. annual wage*     % of av. wage in county      

Retail Trade

    8,292                13.4%                           $31,988                         77.9%

Health Care & Social Services

    5,804                9.2%                             $42,637                        103.8%

Manufacturing

    5,434                8.6%                             $59,519                        144.9%

Construction

    4,022                6.4%                             $57,595                        140.2%

Accommodations & Food Service

    4,122                6.6%                             $22,016                         53.6%

Farming

    2,912                4.6%                             $28,826                         70.2%

Professional & Technical Services

    2,879                4.5%                             $41,844                        101.9%

Real Estate/Rentals/Leasing

    2,757                4.4%                             $10,995                         26.8%

Finance & Insurance

    2,445                3.9%                             $51,429                        125.2%

Administration & Waste Services

    2,094                3.3%                             $22,054                         53.7%

Wholesale Trade

    1,504                2.4%                             $47,651                         116%

Transportation & Warehousing

    1,405                2.2%                             $44,195                        107.6%

Forestry & Fishing

    1,257                2.0%                             $33,939                       82.6%

Information

    472                   0.8%                             $37,483                         91.2%

Utilities

    209                   0.3%                             $108,211                     263.4%

Other services

    3,458                5.5%                             $33,433                         81.4%

Local Government

    8,925                14.2%                           $56,955                        138.7%

State Government

    1,547                2.5%                             $48,433                        117.9%

Federal Government

    455                   0.7%                             $83,948                        202.7%

*includes full-time and part-time

 

Fastest Growing Industries by Employment, 2002-2010 (Washington REAP):

Finance & Insurance: 5.1% per annum average

Educational Services: 4.8%

Real Estate/Rentals/Leasing: 2.7%

Utilities: 2.6%

Wholesale Trade: 2.4%

 

Fastest Declining Industries by Employment, 2002-2010 (Washington REAP):

Information: -3.5% per annum average

Accommodations & Food Service: -1.0%

Manufacturing: -0.9%

Construction: -0.6%

Forestry & Fishing: -0.5%

 

2012 high school graduates enrolled in postsecondary education (state Education and Research Data Center):

Anacortes School District                             65-69%

Burlington-Edison School District                 67%

Concrete School District                              30-39%

La Conner School District                            60-69%

Mount Vernon School District                      65%

Sedro-Woolley School District                     56%

Skagit County combined                              62.1-63.3%

Washington State combined                        60%

 

Ethnicity (2010 census):

White                                        89,964

Hispanic                                    19,709

Indian or Alaska native               2,038

Asian                                         2,025

Black                                           640

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander    180

Other                                          159

Two or more                             2,456

 

Details:

Taxable retail sales (2011): approximately $550 million

Total industry earnings in 2010 (Washington REAP): $2.582 billion

Median Home Price (realtor.com): $235,000

Assessed Valuation (2009):  $16,873,311,000

Private employment growth 2001-2006 (fedstats.gov): 11.5%

Portion of workers who commute out of county (Census Bureau): 49%

Education, bachelor’s degree or higher (Census Bureau): 20.8%

Education, high school diploma or higher (Census Bureau): 86.5%

Owner-occupied houses and condos (Census Bureau): 30,956 (60%)

Renter- occupied residences (Census Bureau): 14,601 (28.4%)

Vacant Residences (Census Bureau): 5,916 (11.5%)

Population density (Census Bureau): 69 people per square mile

Skagit Economic Report

The Port of Skagit recently commissioned Western Washington University’s Center for Economic and Business Research to produce a report analyzing current economic conditions in Skagit County. The report, completed in January 2015, is available for download HERE.

 

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