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Pros

-Attractive setting
-Mild year-round climate
-Central location

Cons

-Economy
-Some unattractive sprawl
-Property crime rate


What Bert Has To Say About Mount Vernon-Anacortes Metro Area


In an area of uncommon scenic beauty, Mount Vernon is adjacent to a vast river delta that stretches west to the Puget Sound but is otherwise surrounded by mountains. Anacortes is a main port gateway to the San Juan Islands and an oil terminal and refining center. The river delta supports a magnificent area of farmland, settled by Swedes and later by the Dutch, bringing visitors worldwide during the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival each spring. The economy is a mix of farming, forest products, fishing, tourism, and some industry.

The area is located centrally between Seattle, Bellingham, and Vancouver, British Columbia. There is a strong and mostly successful effort to preserve the farmland, but areas of unattractive commercial sprawl spread north along I-5 towards the towns of Burlington and Sedro Wooley. Attractive new subdivisions are appearing east of town among the coniferous forests, populated in part by people working in northern Seattle suburbs. The area works for telecommuters or occasional commuters needing a big city at times, and transportation links (including Amtrak “Cascade” service) are effective.

Mount Vernon itself is located along I-5 just east of the delta farmland, with wooded Cascade foothills rising just to the east. The marine climate gives very pleasant and mostly dry summers, while winters are cool, wet, and variable. Occasional snows and strong windy Pacific storms can occur.


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Quick Facts About Anacortes


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Anacortes is 6.60 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Negative. Anacortes jobs have Decreased by 0.19 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Anacortes's cost of living is 24.20% Higher than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Anacortes's population is 15,798 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 10.61 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 22 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Anacortes is $284,800. Home appreciation the last year has been 7.20 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Anacortes public schools spend $11,501 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 20.3 students per teacher in Anacortes.

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