Island County, WA Nature

Local Businesses in Island County

Island County is located in the Salish Sea in northwest Washington. As the name suggests, it consists of several islands. The two largest are Whidbey and Camano. Island County is the second-largest County in Washington by land area, slightly larger than neighboring San Juan County.

The largest employer in the County is the United States Naval Air Station in Oak Harbor (Naval Air Station Whidbey Island or NASWI). Oak Harbor is the largest city in the County, with a population of 22,970 in 2019.

Island County averaged 16,900 nonfarm (and non-military) jobs in 2018. This represents an introduction of 250 new jobs or a 1.5 percent increase in total employment over the year. Washington state as a whole saw the addition of 83,000 jobs over the same time period, an increase of 2.5 percent.

Island County employs 32,200 people. The largest industries in Island County, WA are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,278 people), Manufacturing (3,899 people), and Retail Trade (3,480 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($69,250), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($52,819), and Utilities ($51,625).

See the statistics in more detail in the infographic below.

Island County Statistical Data
Island County Statistical Data (download as PDF)

Learn more about Island County at DataUSA website

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