Samish, Washington

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Population in July 2007: 4,456.
Males: 2,354  (52.8%)
Females: 2,102  (47.2%)
Median resident age:  35.0 years
Washington median age:  35.3 years

Zip code: 98284

Estimated median household income in 2013: $50,331 (it was $40,670 in 2000)
Samish:

$50,331
WA:

$58,405

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $23,353 (it was $18,449 in 2000)

Samish CCD income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $256,116 (it was $158,800 in 2000)
Samish:

$256,116
WA:

$250,800

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $278,495; Detached houses: $309,987; Townhouses or other attached units: $231,035; In 2-unit structures: $317,647; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $259,523; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $202,853; Mobile homes: $76,135; Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $71,249
  • Races in Samish, WA (2000)

    Samish races chart
    • 3,36584.8%White alone
    • 2215.6%American Indian alone
    • 2075.2%Hispanic
    • 741.9%Two or more races
    • 551.4%Black alone
    • 330.8%Asian alone
    • 80.2%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
    • 30.08%Other race alone
Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Samish: 97.4 (near average, U.S. average is 100)

Current Local Time: PST time zone

Land area: 62.6 square miles.

Population density: 71 people per square mile   (very low).

Samish, Washington map

For population 25 years and over in Samish:

  • High school or higher: 82.6%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 11.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.7%
  • Unemployed: 9.1%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 31.9 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Samish CCD:

  • Never married: 27.4%
  • Now married: 57.7%
  • Separated: 1.6%
  • Widowed: 5.3%
  • Divorced: 9.6%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

Samish CCD:  1.3% ($1,996)
Washington:  1.2% ($1,915)
Samish satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Bellingham, WA (18.1 miles , pop. 67,171).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Seattle, WA (64.4 miles , pop. 563,374).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (1020.0 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities: Sedro-Woolley, WA (1.9 miles ), Clear Lake, WA (2.6 miles ), Lyman, WA (2.7 miles ), Alger, WA (2.8 miles) , Burlington, WA (2.8 miles ), Bow, WA (2.9 miles ), Edison, WA (3.2 miles) , Hamilton, WA (3.2 miles ).

Latitude: 48.55 N, Longitude: 122.21 W

Samish household income distribution Samish home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

5.8%
Washington:

5.3%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (16%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (9%)
  • Educational services (8%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (7%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Transportation equipment (5%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Health care (13%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Private households (5%)
  • Clothing and accessories, including shoe, stores (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (8%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (5%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Carpenters (4%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (9%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (9%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (7%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (4%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)

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

Average climate in Samish, Washington

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

Samish-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Washington state average. It is 119% 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 91.2 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 102.7 miles away from Samish 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 85.8 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 113.7 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 54.2 miles away from Samish 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 20.2 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).

Hospitals and medical centers near Samish:

  • UNITED GENERAL HOSPITAL Critical Access Hospitals (about 6 miles away; SEDRO WOOLLEY, WA)
  • LIFE CARE CENTER OF SKAGIT VAL (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; SEDRO WOOLLEY, WA)
  • BURTON CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 8 miles away; BURLINGTON, WA)
  • MIRA VISTA CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 11 miles away; MOUNT VERNON, WA)
  • SKAGIT VALLEY HOSPITAL Acute Care Hospitals (about 11 miles away; MOUNT VERNON, WA)
  • SKAGIT HOSPICE SERVICES, LLC (Hospital, about 11 miles away; MOUNT VERNON, WA)
  • LIFE CARE CENTER OF MOUNT VERNON (Nursing Home, about 12 miles away; MOUNT VERNON, WA)

Amtrak stations near Samish:

  • 10 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.
  • 18 miles: BELLINGHAM (401 HARRIS AVE.) . Services: ticket office, partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Samish:

  • Skagit Valley College (about 10 miles; Mount Vernon, WA; Full-time enrollment: 3,803)
  • Western Washington University (about 18 miles; Bellingham, WA; FT enrollment: 13,875)
  • Whatcom Community College (about 22 miles; Bellingham, WA; FT enrollment: 3,265)
  • Everett Community College (about 38 miles; Everett, WA; FT enrollment: 5,818)
  • Edmonds Community College (about 52 miles; Lynnwood, WA; FT enrollment: 7,271)
  • University of Washington-Bothell Campus (about 55 miles; Bothell, WA; FT enrollment: 3,902)
  • Cascadia Community College (about 55 miles; Bothell, WA; FT enrollment: 2,238)

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Notable locations in Samish: Hickson Community Hall (A), Skitopa Grange (B), Haagsma Dairy (C), Mulder Dairy (D), Hemlock Highlands (E), Skagit County Fire District 8 (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

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

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Jackson Creek (A), Wiseman Creek (B), Fobes Creek (C), Doolittle Creek (D), Coal Creek (E), Dry Creek (F), Hansen Creek (G), Mills Creek (H), Parson Creek (I). Display/hide their locations 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 34.9. This is significantly better than average.

City:

34.9
U.S.:

74.2

Ozone [ppb] level in 2011 was 17.2. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 15.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

17.2
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2005 was 12.1. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 17.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

12.1
U.S.:

20.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2003 was 6.99. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 9.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

6.99
U.S.:

9.14
Average household size:
This place:  2.8 people
Washington:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  65.4%
Whole state:  66.5%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  7.1%
Whole state:  6.1%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.1% of all households

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

16.2%
Whole state:

10.6%

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

10.2%
Whole state:

4.6%
312 people in job corps and vocational training facilities in 2000
109 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse in 2000

Samish compared to Washington state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting 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.
  • Institutionalized population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.7
Washington average:

11.3

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (42%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (30%)
  • Wood (15%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (7%)
  • Utility gas (6%)

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 Samish CCD (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 Samish:

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

Strongest FM radio stations in Samish:

  • 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.)
  • 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)
  • 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.)
  • KUGS (89.3 FM; BELLINGHAM, WA; Owner: WESTERN WASHINGTON 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.)
  • KQBZ (100.7 FM; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: ENTERCOM SEATTLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • KMWS (90.1 FM; MOUNT VERNON, WA; Owner: WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • KZAZ (91.7 FM; BELLINGHAM, WA; Owner: WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • K216EN (91.1 FM; MOUNT VERNON, WA; Owner: PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Samish:

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