Lopez, Washington

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Population in July 2007: 2,797.
Males: 1,380  (49.3%)
Females: 1,417  (50.7%)
Median resident age:

50.0 years
Washington median age:

35.3 years

Zip code: 98261

Estimated median household income in 2019: $60,578 (it was $38,825 in 2000)
Lopez:

$60,578
WA:

$78,687

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $42,447 (it was $26,596 in 2000)

Lopez CCD income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $546,192 (it was $279,900 in 2000)
Lopez:

$546,192
WA:

$387,600

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $726,768; detached houses: $765,925; townhouses or other attached units: $557,346; in 2-unit structures: $352,421; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $426,725; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $464,357; mobile homes: $265,354; occupied boats, rvs, vans, etc.: $362,467
March 2019 cost of living index in Lopez: 106.1 (more than average, U.S. average is 100)
  • Races in Lopez, WA (2000)
    • 2,42493.6%White alone
    • 602.3%Hispanic
    • 512.0%Two or more races
    • 301.2%American Indian alone
    • 200.8%Asian alone
    • 30.1%Black alone
    • 10.04%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
    • 10.04%Other race alone

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

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Current Local Time: PST time zone

Land area: 48.6 square miles.

Population density: 58 people per square mile   (very low).

Lopez, Washington map
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Lopez CCD:

0.5% ($1,444)
Washington:

1.2% ($1,915)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Bellingham, WA (25.5 miles , pop. 67,171).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Seattle, WA (65.7 miles , pop. 563,374).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (1023.8 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities:

Friday Harbor, WA (2.6 miles ),
San Juan, WA (3.0 miles ),
Orcas, WA (3.2 miles ),
Anacortes, WA (3.5 miles ),
Whidbey Island Station, WA (3.9 miles ),
Ault Field, WA (4.0 miles ),
Lummi Island, WA (4.1 miles ),
North Whidbey, WA (4.2 miles )

Latitude: 48.50 N, Longitude: 122.89 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 360

Distribution of median household income in Lopez, WA in 2019
Lopez satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

6.4%
Washington:

5.9%
Most common industries in Lopez, WA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Construction (16.3%)
  • Educational services (13.6%)
  • Accommodation & food services (10.9%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (7.2%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (6.5%)
  • Health care (4.8%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (4.2%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (25.0%)
  • Educational services (10.1%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (7.7%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (7.1%)
  • Real estate & rental & leasing (5.3%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (5.2%)
  • Accommodation & food services (4.3%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Accommodation & food services (18.8%)
  • Educational services (17.9%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (6.6%)
  • Health care (6.2%)
  • Construction (5.8%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (5.8%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (5.2%)
Most common occupations in Lopez, WA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (11.9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (8.1%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (5.7%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4.5%)
  • Construction traders workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (4.2%)
  • Carpenters (4.1%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.0%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (12.9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (9.2%)
  • Carpenters (7.6%)
  • Construction traders workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (6.8%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.8%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (4.7%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (4.3%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (10.7%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (7.2%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (7.0%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6.8%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (6.2%)
  • Teachers, secondary school (4.9%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (3.7%)

Average climate in Lopez, Washington

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI SO2 Ozone PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 57.2. This is better than average.

City:

57.2
U.S.:

74.2
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 0.263. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 12.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.263
U.S.:

1.789
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2011 was 16.8. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 12.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

16.8
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 6.31. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 12.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

6.31
U.S.:

8.46

Earthquake activity:

Lopez-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Washington state average. It is 1031% 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 88.4 miles away from the city center, causing $80,000,000 total damage
On 2/28/2001 at 18:54:32, a magnitude 6.8 (6.8 MD, Depth: 32.2 mi, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 93.9 miles away from the city center
On 2/28/2001 at 18:54:32, a magnitude 6.8 (6.5 MB, 6.6 MS, 6.8 MW) earthquake occurred 98.7 miles away from Lopez 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 85.9 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 101.0 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 70.0 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 San Juan County (10) is smaller than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 5, Storms: 5, Landslides: 3, Mudslides: 3, Winter Storms: 2, Hurricane: 1, Volcanic Eruption: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Hospitals and medical centers near Lopez:

  • LIFE CARE CENTER OF SAN JUAN ISLANDS (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; FRIDAY HARBOR, WA)
  • ISLAND HOSPITAL HOME HEALTH (Home Health Center, about 13 miles away; ANACORTES, WA)
  • ISLAND HOSPITAL Acute Care Hospitals (about 13 miles away; ANACORTES, WA)
  • FIDALGO CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 13 miles away; ANACORTES, WA)
  • SAN JUAN CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 13 miles away; ANACORTES, WA)
  • SAN JUAN REHAB AND CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 13 miles away; ANACORTES, WA)
  • CAMP ORKILA (Dialysis Facility, about 14 miles away; EASTSOUND, WA)

Airports and other landing facilities located in Lopez:

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Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Lopez:

  • Western Washington University (about 25 miles; Bellingham, WA; Full-time enrollment: 13,875)
  • Skagit Valley College (about 27 miles; Mount Vernon, WA; FT enrollment: 3,803)
  • Whatcom Community College (about 28 miles; Bellingham, WA; FT enrollment: 3,265)
  • Peninsula College (about 37 miles; Port Angeles, WA; FT enrollment: 2,012)
  • Everett Community College (about 47 miles; Everett, WA; FT enrollment: 5,818)
  • Edmonds Community College (about 54 miles; Lynnwood, WA; FT enrollment: 7,271)
  • Shoreline Community College (about 58 miles; Shoreline, WA; FT enrollment: 5,026)

Public high schools in Lopez:

Public elementary/middle school in Lopez:

See full list of schools located in Lopez

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Lopez: Leo Reef Light (A), Lopez Island Transfer Station Solid Waste Facility (B), Mackaye Harbor Public Dock (C), Lopez Ferry Landing (D), Shaw Ferry Landing (E), Odlin County Park Campground (F), Shaw Island County Park Campground (G), Islands Marine Center Marina (H), Lopez Islander Marina (I), Spencer’s Landing Marina (J), Blakely Island General Store Marina (K), Fisherman Bay Sewage Treatment Plant (L), Lopez Village (M), San Juan County Fire District 5 (N), San Juan County Fire District 4 Lopez Island Fire and Emergency Medical Services Station 41 (O), San Juan County Fire District 4 Lopez Island Fire and Emergency Medical services Station 44 (P), San Juan County Fire District 4 Lopez Island Fire and Emergency Medical Services Station 42 (Q), San Juan County Fire District 4 Lopez Island Fire and Emergency Medical Services Station 43 (R), Lopez Island Community Center (S), Lopez Island Historical Museum (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Lopez include: Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses (A), Lopez Island Community Church (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemetery: Lopez Union Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Lakes and swamps: Flat Point Lake (A), Spencer Lake (B), Henderson Lake (C), Horseshoe Lake (D), Hummel Lake (E), Osprey Pond (F), Cranberry Marsh (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Lopez include: Shaw Island County Park (1), Agate Beach County Park (2), Spencer Spit State Park (3), Odlin County Park (4), Iceberg Island State Marine Park (5), Shaw County Park (6). Display/hide their locations on the map

Beaches: South Beach (A), Flint Beach (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

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

Drinking water stations with addresses in Lopez and their reported violations in the past:

LOPEZ FARM AND COTTAGES WS (Population served: 30, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
ISLANDER LOPEZ MARINA RESORT (Population served: 13, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
Average household size:
This place:

2.0 people
Washington:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:

59.4%
Whole state:

64.4%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:

6.6%
Whole state:

7.7%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 1.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.4% of all households
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

10.5%
Whole state:

10.6%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

5.9%
Whole state:

4.6%
7 people in other noninstitutional facilities in 2010
6 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities in 2010
8 people in religious group quarters in 2000
4 people in other group homes in 2000

For population 15 years and over in Lopez:

Marital status in Lopez, WA
  • Never married: 17.3%
  • Now married: 66.3%
  • Separated: 0.6%
  • Widowed: 7.4%
  • Divorced: 9.0%

For population 25 years and over in Lopez:

  • High school or higher: 95.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 49.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 20.1%
  • Unemployed: 4.1%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 16.5 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2000
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2000
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.6
Washington average:

11.3

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Lopez, WA (based on San Juan County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic3,0173
Evangelical Protestant7359
Mainline Protestant7178
Other3767
None10,924-
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: 13
San Juan County:

8.56 / 10,000 pop.
Washington:

2.06 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
This county:

1.32 / 10,000 pop.
Washington:

1.18 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 2
This county:

1.32 / 10,000 pop.
Washington:

2.67 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 36
Here:

23.71 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.26 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
San Juan County:

6.1%
Washington:

7.7%
Adult obesity rate:
San Juan County:

17.1%
State:

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

16.9%
State:

13.9%

7.42% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($132,630 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.42%
Washington average:

7.39%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from King County, WA  1.37% ($158,610 average AGI)
from Whatcom County, WA  0.48% ($57,086)
from Snohomish County, WA  0.30% ($64,318)


6.07% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($77,838 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.07%
Washington average:

6.40%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to King County, WA  1.14% ($77,476 average AGI)
to Whatcom County, WA  0.49% ($54,143)
to Skagit County, WA  0.43% ($47,419)

Strongest AM radio stations in Lopez:

  • KRPI (1550 AM; 50 kW; FERNDALE, WA; Owner: BBC BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KARI (550 AM; 25 kW; BLAINE, WA; Owner: WAY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KAPS (660 AM; 10 kW; MOUNT VERNON, WA; Owner: VALLEY BROADCASTERS, INC.)
  • KRKO (1380 AM; 50 kW; EVERETT, WA; Owner: S-R BROADCASTING, CO.)
  • KPUG (1170 AM; 10 kW; BELLINGHAM, WA; Owner: SAGA BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • KIXI (880 AM; 50 kW; MERCER ISLAND/SEATTL, WA; Owner: BELLEVUE RADIO, INC.)
  • KIRO (710 AM; 50 kW; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: ENTERCOM SEATTLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • KKOL (1300 AM; 50 kW; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: INSPIRATION MEDIA, INC.)
  • KGNW (820 AM; 50 kW; BURIEN-SEATTLE, WA; Owner: INSPIRATION MEDIA, INC.)
  • KTTH (770 AM; 50 kW; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: ENTERCOM SEATTLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • KGMI (790 AM; 5 kW; BELLINGHAM, WA)
  • KOMO (1000 AM; 50 kW; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: FISHER BROADCASTING - SEATTLE RADIO, L.L.C.)
  • KYCW (1090 AM; 50 kW; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: INFINITY RADIO SUBSIDIARY OPERATIONS INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Lopez:

  • 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)
  • KSVR (91.7 FM; MOUNT VERNON, WA; Owner: BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF SKAGIT VALLEY COLLEGE)
  • K206CU (89.1 FM; MOUNT VERNON, 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.)
  • KISW (99.9 FM; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: ENTERCOM SEATTLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • KQBZ (100.7 FM; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: ENTERCOM SEATTLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • KUGS (89.3 FM; BELLINGHAM, WA; Owner: WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY)

TV broadcast stations around Lopez:

  • KBCB (Channel 24; BELLINGHAM, WA; Owner: WORLD TELEVISION OF WASHINGTON, LLC.)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

3
  • Christopher J Denney, 672 Airport Road (Lat: 48.485639 Lon: -122.935806), Type: 26.5, Overall height: 25.9 m, Registrant: Sprint Nextel Corp, San R-amon, Phone: (925) 904-3988
  • Candice S Meier, 672 Airport Road (Lat: 48.485639 Lon: -122.935806), Type: 26.5, Overall height: 25.9 m, Registrant: Sprint Nextel Corp, San R-amon, Phone: (925) 904-3988
  • Helen Cosgrove, 672 Airport Road (Lat: 48.485639 Lon: -122.935806), Type: 26.5, Overall height: 25.9 m, Registrant: Nextel West Corp, Resto-n, Phone: (866) 400-6040

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

2
  • 84 HERON LN, 84 Heron Lane (Lat: 48.496944 Lon: -122.938639), Type: Upole, Structure height: 18.3 m, Call Sign: WPWU632, Licensee ID: L00090750,
    Assigned Frequencies: 19380.0 MHz, 19380.0 MHz, 23025.0 MHz, 23025.0 MHz, 23025.0 MHz, 23025.0 MHz, 23025.0 MHz, 23025.0 MHz, 23075.0 MHz, 23075.0 MHz... (+28 more), Grant Date: 10/27/2012, Expiration Date: 01/23/2023, Certifier: Beth Anderson, Registrant: Orcas Power & Light Cooperative
  • LOPEZ, 84 Heron Ln. (Lat: 48.496944 Lon: -122.938639), Type: Upole, Structure height: 18.3 m, Call Sign: WQSU543,
    Assigned Frequencies: 19620.0 MHz, Grant Date: 11/18/2013, Expiration Date: 05/17/2014, Cancellation Date: 07/19/2014, Certifier: Vicki Schultheis, Registrant: Centurylink, Inc, 805 Broadway St, Ste 800, Vancouver, WA 98660, Phone: (360) 905-6839, Fax: (360) 905-5953, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

15 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Lopez)

FAA Registered Aircraft:

2
  • Aircraft: PIPER PA-18 (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 97 mph), Engine: LYCOMING 0-290 SERIES (140 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 7231K , Serial Number: 18-123, Year manufactured: 1953, Airworthiness Date: 07/23/1981, Certificate Issue Date: 02/15/2002
    Registrant (Individual): Steven G Dengler, 252 Lloyds Ln, Lopez, WA 98261
  • Aircraft: DEACH MICHAEL SHA GLASAIR IRG (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: LYCOMING I0360 SER (180 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 8104A , Serial Number: 579, Year manufactured: 2004, Airworthiness Date: 12/04/2004, Certificate Issue Date: 09/13/2004
    Registrant (Individual): Michael B Deach, 242 Shark Reef Rd, Lopez, WA 98261

Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Lopez, WA
  • 41.5%Wood
  • 28.2%Electricity
  • 14.5%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 12.4%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.9%Other fuel
  • 1.6%Utility gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Lopez, WA
  • 68.5%Electricity
  • 19.0%Wood
  • 12.5%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.


Lopez compared to Washington state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.
There is 1 pilot and no other airmen in this city.
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