LOCATION: Mount Vernon, Washington

Nestled between the San Juan Islands in the Puget Sound to the west and the Cascade Mountains with the scenic Cascade Loop drive to the east, Mount Vernon is the county seat of Skagit County. At just 60 miles from Seattle and 90 miles from Vancouver, it is an easy distance to virtually anything you might have in mind. Skagit County features an abundance of action, adventure, relaxation, and culture, but you don’t have to leave home to find recreation, entertainment, and family fun, because Mount Vernon has enjoyed a rating of #1 "Best Small City in America."

Historic Downtown Mount Vernon offers much in the way of boutique and antique shopping and fine dining, or you may wish to grab lunch at one of the great eateries and enjoy the day at Edgewater Park. Perhaps you’d prefer to walk your dog along the miles of paved trails, take a whale-watching tour in the San Juans, kayak the Skagit River, or go eagle-watching in Concrete. In Mount Vernon, the sky’s truly the limit.

At a glance:

  • Population as of the 2010 census: 31,743
  • Median house value: $226,200
  • Median household income: $45,878
  • Mean travel time to work: 21.4 mins.