Skagit County is a county in the U.S. state of Washington. As of the 2010 census, the population was 116,901. The county seat and largest city is Mount Vernon. The county was formed in 1883 from Whatcom County and is named for the Skagit Indian tribe, which has been indigenous to the area prior to European-American settlement.
Skagit County comprises the Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area, and is included in the Seattle-Tacoma, WA Combined Statistical Area. It is located in the Puget Sound region.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,920 square miles (5,000 km²), of which 1,731 square miles (4,480 km²) is land and 189 square miles (490 km²) (9.8%) is water. It is noted for its broad, fertile valley of the Skagit River, a center for cultivation of tulips and strawberries.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 116,901 people, 45,557 households, and 30,656 families residing in the county. The population density was 67.5 inhabitants per square mile (26.1/km²). There were 51,473 housing units at an average density of 29.7 per square mile (11.5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 83.4% white, 2.2% American Indian, 1.8% Asian, 0.7% black or African American, 0.2% Pacific islander, 8.7% from other races, and 3.2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 16.9% of the population.
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