County Transportation Metrics is a project of the Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC) and will provide a roadmap for setting transportation priorities.

Skagit County

Skagit County is located in the northwest portion of Washington state. The Cascade Mountains stand to the east, overlooking a fertile valley that boasts a variety of crops. The Skagit River flows through the valley and toward the San Juan Islands. Mount-Vernon is the county seat and the largest city.

After the first dike was built on the LaConner flats in 1863, the county began to emerge as a major agricultural center. Throughout the twentieth century the area's reputation as a world leader in seed production increased along with its importance as a fishery and lumber producer and as an international destination for recreational salmon and steelhead fishing.

Today, the county boasts good schools, museums, performing arts theaters, Skagit Valley College, malls and specialty commercial districts as well as state and national parks. It is also the center of Washington state's petroleum industry.

Population (OFM Databook, 2011) 

Population (2011) 117,400
Population Change (2000 to 2010)      1%
Land Area (Sq. Mi.) 1,731.20
Density (Population/Sq. Mi.) 67.81


Anacortes                                                         15,860
Burlington 8,420
Concrete 710
Hamilton 300
La Conner  885
Mount Vernon

Major Highways

  • Interstate 5
  • State Route 9
  • State Route 20

County Roads (CRAB and OFM, 2011)

Total Center Lane Miles
Maintenance Expenditures
$ 9,889,892
Preservation Expenditures
$ 4,950,901
Improvement Expenditures
$ 101,039

County Revenues  & Expenditures (OFM Databook, 2011)

Total Revenues
$ 130,250,735
Total Expenditures
$ 126,091,062
Transportation Expenditures
$ 20,192,777

Performance Measures

Links & Sources

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