Big Lake, Washington

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Population in 2010: 1,835. Population change since 2000: +59.2%
Males: 893  (48.7%)
Females: 942  (51.3%)
Median resident age:  49.4 years
Washington median age:  37.4 years

Zip codes: 98274.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $79,297 (it was $57,500 in 2000)
Big Lake:

$79,297
WA:

$58,405

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $38,773 (it was $22,560 in 2000)

Big Lake CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $392,636 (it was $224,400 in 2000)
Big Lake:

$392,636
WA:

$250,800

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $434,144; Detached houses: $463,728; Mobile homes: $114,089

Median gross rent in 2013: $1,027.

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  • Races in Big Lake, WA (2010)

    Big Lake races chart
    • 1,64789.8%White alone
    • 1055.7%Hispanic
    • 382.1%Asian alone
    • 261.4%Two or more races
    • 100.5%American Indian alone
    • 70.4%Black alone
    • 10.05%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
    • 10.05%Other race alone

Races in Big Lake detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Big Lake: 100.9 (near average, U.S. average is 100)
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Recent posts about Big Lake, Washington on our local forum with over 1,800,000 registered users. Big Lake is mentioned 43 times on our forum:
Relocating from No. California to Washington  (29 replies)
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Ancestries: German (20.8%), Dutch (11.1%), Norwegian (9.3%), English (8.4%), Irish (5.9%), Polish (4.9%).

Current Local Time: PST time zone

Land area: 3.95 square miles.

Population density: 464 people per square mile   (low).

Big Lake,WA real estate house value index trend

Big Lake, Washington map

For population 25 years and over in Big Lake:

  • High school or higher: 95.6%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 44.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 20.0%
  • Unemployed: 8.3%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.7 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Big Lake CDP:

  • Never married: 17.8%
  • Now married: 65.5%
  • Separated: 3.7%
  • Widowed: 2.5%
  • Divorced: 10.5%

83 residents are foreign born (3.2% Europe, 0.7% Latin America, 0.7% North America).

This place:

4.6%
Washington:

13.5%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $4,023 (1.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $5,252 (1.1%)

Big Lake satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Bellingham, WA (27.0 miles , pop. 67,171).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Seattle, WA (53.2 miles , pop. 563,374).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (1009.4 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities: Mount Vernon, WA (2.1 miles ), Clear Lake, WA (2.2 miles ), Lake McMurray, WA (2.3 miles) , Conway, WA (2.5 miles) , Burlington, WA (2.6 miles ), Sedro-Woolley, WA (2.8 miles ), Lake Ketchum, WA (3.0 miles ), Cavanaugh, WA (3.2 miles ).

Latitude: 48.39 N, Longitude: 122.24 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 360

Big Lake household income distribution Big Lake home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

5.8%
Washington:

5.3%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (20%)
  • Health care and social assistance (13%)
  • Manufacturing (12%)
  • Educational services (8%)
  • Wholesale trade (8%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (7%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Retail trade (30%)
  • Health care and social assistance (19%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Public administration (9%)
  • Finance and insurance (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (4%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (14%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (14%)
  • Sales and related occupations (14%)
  • Production occupations (11%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (7%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (6%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (5%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (22%)
  • Sales and related occupations (18%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (9%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (8%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (8%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (7%)
  • Management occupations (7%)

Work and jobs in Big Lake: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Big Lake, Washington

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

Big Lake-area historical earthquake activity is near Washington state average. It is 123% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/13/1949 at 19:55:42, a magnitude 7.0 (7.0 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 80.0 miles away from the city center, causing $80,000,000 total damage
On 2/28/2001 at 18:54:32, a magnitude 6.8 (6.5 MB, 6.6 MS, 6.8 MW, Depth: 32.2 mi, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 91.5 miles away from Big Lake center, causing $2,000,000,000 total damage and $305,000,000 insured losses
On 4/29/1965 at 15:28:43, a magnitude 6.6 (6.6 UK) earthquake occurred 74.6 miles away from the city center, causing $28,000,000 total damage
On 7/3/1999 at 01:43:54, a magnitude 5.8 (5.4 MB, 5.5 MS, 5.8 MW, 5.3 ME, Depth: 25.2 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 103.2 miles away from the city center
On 5/3/1996 at 04:04:22, a magnitude 5.5 (5.2 MB, 5.3 MD, 5.5 ML, Depth: 2.5 mi) earthquake occurred 44.8 miles away from Big Lake center
On 4/14/1990 at 05:33:26, a magnitude 5.2 (4.4 MB, 4.1 MS, 5.2 ML, Depth: 7.8 mi) earthquake occurred 31.4 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), energy magnitude (ME), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Skagit County (18) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 17
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 12, Storms: 9, Mudslides: 6, Landslides: 5, Winter Storms: 5, Snows: 2, Earthquake: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Volcanic Eruption: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Big Lake topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Big Lake:

  • SKAGIT VALLEY HOSPITAL Acute Care Hospitals (about 5 miles away; MOUNT VERNON, WA)
  • MIRA VISTA CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 5 miles away; MOUNT VERNON, WA)
  • SKAGIT HOSPICE SERVICES, LLC (Hospital, about 5 miles away; MOUNT VERNON, WA)
  • LIFE CARE CENTER OF MOUNT VERNON (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; MOUNT VERNON, WA)
  • BURTON CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; BURLINGTON, WA)
  • LIFE CARE CENTER OF SKAGIT VAL (Nursing Home, about 8 miles away; SEDRO WOOLLEY, WA)
  • UNITED GENERAL HOSPITAL Critical Access Hospitals (about 8 miles away; SEDRO WOOLLEY, WA)

Amtrak station near Big Lake:

  • 6 miles: MOUNT VERNON (725 COLLEGE WAY) . Services: fully wheelchair accessible, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service, public transit connection.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Big Lake:

  • Skagit Valley College (about 5 miles; Mount Vernon, WA; Full-time enrollment: 3,803)
  • Western Washington University (about 27 miles; Bellingham, WA; FT enrollment: 13,875)
  • Everett Community College (about 27 miles; Everett, WA; FT enrollment: 5,818)
  • Whatcom Community College (about 31 miles; Bellingham, WA; FT enrollment: 3,265)
  • Edmonds Community College (about 41 miles; Lynnwood, WA; FT enrollment: 7,271)
  • University of Washington-Bothell Campus (about 44 miles; Bothell, WA; FT enrollment: 3,902)
  • Cascadia Community College (about 44 miles; Bothell, WA; FT enrollment: 2,238)

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Notable locations in Big Lake: Mountain View (A), Valley View Dairy (B), Skagit County Fire District 9 Big Lake Fire Department Station 1 (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Church in Big Lake: Big Lake Community Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Lake: Big Lake (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Creek: Lake Creek (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Skagit County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2012 was 81.3. This is about average.

City:

81.3
U.S.:

74.2

Ozone [ppb] level in 2011 was 17.2. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 13.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

17.2
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2001 was 15.3. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 23.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

15.3
U.S.:

20.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 7.00. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 4.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

7.00
U.S.:

9.14
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 4.5%
(4.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents)
Average household size:
This place:  2.6 people
Washington:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  71.4%
Whole state:  64.4%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  7.3%
Whole state:  7.7%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.8% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.1% of all households
2 people in group homes intended for adults in 2010

Big Lake, Washington environmental map by EPA

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Big Lake compared to Washington state average:

  • Median house value above state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
  • House age below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.3
Washington average:

11.4

Big Lake travel time to work - commute Big Lake mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (41%)
  • Electricity (28%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (19%)
  • Wood (8%)
  • Other fuel (2%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Big Lake CDP (based on Skagit County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic19,1777
Evangelical Protestant15,08780
Mainline Protestant7,96430
Other4,26919
None70,404-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 30
Skagit County:

2.59 / 10,000 pop.
Washington:

2.06 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
This county:

0.17 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.19 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 11
Skagit County:

0.95 / 10,000 pop.
Washington:

1.18 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 47
Skagit County:

4.06 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.67 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 114
Here:

9.84 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.26 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

8.0%
Washington:

7.7%
Adult obesity rate:
Skagit County:

29.5%
Washington:

25.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

18.9%
State:

13.9%

5.97% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($49,891 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.97%
Washington average:

6.54%

0.08% of residents moved from foreign countries ($784 average AGI)
Skagit County:

0.08%
Washington average:

0.14%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Snohomish County, WA  0.96% ($38,955 average AGI)
from Whatcom County, WA  0.82% ($39,883)
from King County, WA  0.53% ($115,238)


5.83% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($38,688 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.83%
Washington average:

6.20%

0.09% of residents moved to foreign countries ($461 average AGI)
Skagit County:

0.09%
Washington average:

0.14%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Snohomish County, WA  1.04% ($41,079 average AGI)
to Whatcom County, WA  0.86% ($32,284)
to King County, WA  0.59% ($44,085)

Strongest AM radio stations in Big Lake:

  • KAPS (660 AM; 10 kW; MOUNT VERNON, WA; Owner: VALLEY BROADCASTERS, INC.)
  • KBRC (1430 AM; 5 kW; MOUNT VERNON, WA; Owner: JIM AND ANN KEANE)
  • KRKO (1380 AM; 50 kW; EVERETT, WA; Owner: S-R BROADCASTING, CO.)
  • KRPI (1550 AM; 50 kW; FERNDALE, WA; Owner: BBC BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KARI (550 AM; 25 kW; BLAINE, WA; Owner: WAY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KIXI (880 AM; 50 kW; MERCER ISLAND/SEATTL, WA; Owner: BELLEVUE RADIO, INC.)
  • KKOL (1300 AM; 50 kW; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: INSPIRATION MEDIA, INC.)
  • KIRO (710 AM; 50 kW; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: ENTERCOM SEATTLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • KGNW (820 AM; 50 kW; BURIEN-SEATTLE, WA; Owner: INSPIRATION MEDIA, INC.)
  • KTTH (770 AM; 50 kW; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: ENTERCOM SEATTLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • KOMO (1000 AM; 50 kW; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: FISHER BROADCASTING - SEATTLE RADIO, L.L.C.)
  • KPUG (1170 AM; 10 kW; BELLINGHAM, WA; Owner: SAGA BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • KGMI (790 AM; 5 kW; BELLINGHAM, WA)

Strongest FM radio stations in Big Lake:

  • K206CU (89.1 FM; MOUNT VERNON, WA; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • KSVR (91.7 FM; MOUNT VERNON, WA; Owner: BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF SKAGIT VALLEY COLLEGE)
  • KISM (92.9 FM; BELLINGHAM, WA; Owner: SAGA BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • KWPZ (106.5 FM; LYNDEN, WA; Owner: CRISTA MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • KAFE (104.3 FM; BELLINGHAM, WA; Owner: SAGA BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • KMWS (90.1 FM; MOUNT VERNON, WA; Owner: WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • KISW (99.9 FM; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: ENTERCOM SEATTLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • K205DL (88.9 FM; GRANITE FALLS/EVERET, WA; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • K201FH (88.1 FM; BELLINGHAM, WA; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • K210CN (89.9 FM; BELLINGHAM, WA; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • KQBZ (100.7 FM; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: ENTERCOM SEATTLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • KMTT (103.7 FM; TACOMA, WA; Owner: ENTERCOM SEATTLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • KNDD (107.7 FM; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: ENTERCOM SEATTLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • KYPT (96.5 FM; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: INFINITY RADIO SUBSIDIARY OPERATIONS INC.)
  • KBSG-FM (97.3 FM; TACOMA, WA; Owner: ENTERCOM SEATTLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • KZOK-FM (102.5 FM; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: INFINITY RADIO SUBSIDIARY OPERATIONS INC.)
  • KBKS (106.1 FM; TACOMA, WA; Owner: INFINITY RADIO SUBSIDIARY OPERATIONS INC.)
  • KING-FM (98.1 FM; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: CLASSIC RADIO, INC.)
  • KLSY-FM (92.5 FM; BELLEVUE, WA; Owner: BELLEVUE RADIO INC.)
  • KPLU-FM (88.5 FM; TACOMA, WA; Owner: PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY, INC.)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 1Number of bridges
  • 2m7ftTotal length
  • $4,224,000Total costs
  • 3,965Total average daily traffic
  • 436Total average daily truck traffic
  • 5,551Total future (year 2030) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

4
  • Lat: 48.407472 Lon: -122.161000, Call Sign: KOB866
    Assigned Frequencies: 159.495 MHz, 159.600 MHz
    Grant Date: 11/01/2002, Expiration Date: 12/14/2012, Certifier: Glen Rouse
    Registrant: Sierra Pacific Industries, Redding, CA 96049, Phone: (530) 378-8000, Fax: (530) 378-8139, Email:
  • Lat: 48.400361 Lon: -122.265694, Call Sign: WQBY677
    Assigned Frequencies: 154.265 MHz, 154.430 MHz
    Grant Date: 01/06/2005, Expiration Date: 01/06/2015, Certifier: Rob Miner
    Registrant: Radio Licensing Services, 4700 Se International Way, Milwaukie, OR 97269-2161, Phone: (503) 794-3787, Fax: (503) 794-3759, Email:
  • W. Big Lake Blvd. (Lat: 48.387028 Lon: -122.242083), Type: Pole, Structure height: 4 m, Call Sign: WQHP621
    Assigned Frequencies: 154.547 MHz
    Grant Date: 09/27/2007, Expiration Date: 09/27/2017, Certifier: Kelly T Wynn
    Registrant: Business Radio Licensing, 26941 Cabot Rd #134, Laguna Hills, CA 92653, Phone: (949) 348-8510, Fax: (949) 348-8514, Email:
  • Walking M Lane (Lat: 48.398222 Lon: -122.225722), Type: Pole, Structure height: 4 m, Call Sign: WQHP623
    Assigned Frequencies: 154.547 MHz
    Grant Date: 09/27/2007, Expiration Date: 09/27/2017, Certifier: Kelly T Wynn
    Registrant: Business Radio Licensing, 26941 Cabot Rd #134, Laguna Hills, CA 92653, Phone: (949) 348-8510, Fax: (949) 348-8514, Email:

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

1
  • BIG LAKE, 16901 Mountain View Rd. (Lat: 48.400583 Lon: -122.247139), Type: Ltower, Structure height: 56.4 m, Overall height: 59.4 m, Call Sign: WQRC690
    Assigned Frequencies: 10755.0 MHz
    Grant Date: 04/16/2013, Expiration Date: 04/16/2023, Certifier: Charles Cleary
    Registrant: Verizon Wireless, 1120 Sanctuary Pkwy, #150 Gasa5reg, Alpharetta, GA 30009-7630, Phone: (770) 797-1070, Fax: (770) 797-1036, Email:

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 partial tract)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED15$238,39715$201,86281$209,8513$91,8407$146,6942$114,470
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED1$259,2201$201,23010$224,9351$11,4101$278,3200$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED3$162,7203$529,84719$221,4881$43,3203$473,4871$70,340
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN2$201,5752$187,25018$218,1110$02$150,5700$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$03$203,0900$00$00$0
Choose year:  2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 9524.00

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 partial tract)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED2$244,8952$206,115
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED0$01$169,090
APPLICATIONS DENIED0$01$265,970
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$0
Choose year:  2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 9524.00

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 2
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