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San Juan Islands Real Estate: San Juan and Friday Harbor, Orcas and Eastsound, Lopez Island, Shaw Island and the Outer San Juan Islands


The county had 14,853 legal parcels in 1999, of which 8,135 have no dwelling units and 6,718 are developed. Of these latter parcels, 6,655 are single-family residences, 63 have apartments, condominiums or mobile home parks.

Building data indicates 1,651 parcels have guest's houses and 108 have accessory apartments. Countywide, 75 percent of residences are occupied by owners or renters. The remainder is occupied seasonally.

Seventy-five percent of the county population lives outside its three urban village areas:

Income, Average personal

$29,837 per year

Income, median household

  • 1999: $48,458
  • 2000: $50,078

Lakes, San Juan


  • Trout lake: 60-acre surface area and 1,400 volume.
  • Sportsman Lake: 87-acre surface area and 400 volume.
  • Zylstra Lake: 48-acre surface area and 350 volume.
  • Briggs Pond: 29-acre surface area and 210 volume. Volume calculated by acres and feet

Land Area

San Juan County has a land surface of about 174.9 square miles if shoreline. Its land area is the smallest if the state's 39 counties.

  • San Juan (55.3 square miles)
  • Many of the smaller islands are uninhabitable or in public ownership. Fewer than 50 of the 172-island archipelago are potentially available for private development.

Land Ownership

  • 13,389 acres are owned by federal, state or local governments
  • 18,764 acres are designated forest land 16,416 acres are designated open space

    The San Juan Preservation Trust controls 368 acres while the San Juan County Land Bank owns 546 acres. Conservation easements restrict the use of 8,410 acres of county land.

Law Enforcement (1999)

  • San Juan Island

    Total Calls: 1,408. Including: Animal problems, 129; Assaults, 3; Boating Problems, 12; Burglaries, 17; Death Investigations, 5; Disorderly Conduct, 4; Illegal Fireworks, 14; Suspicious Circumstance, 98; Thefts, 57; Traffic Stops, 350 Trespassing, 33; Weapons Offense, 20.


In 1999, there were 12,700 residents in the county. It's population was 32nd out of 39 Washington counties. The County's 2000 population is estimated at 13,013.

Population density

71.5 per square mile (12th among Washington counties) 1999 statistics:

  • Total County: 12,700
  • Unincorporated: 10,800
  • Friday Harbor: 1,900

Property, assessed value

  • 1999: $3,277,946,738
  • Per Capita: $258,106

Voters by gender, absentee, polls

    Absentee voters:
  • Men, 2,126
  • Women, 2,606
  • Unidentified, 12
    Poll site voters:
  • Men, 2,483
  • Women, 2,456 source: chamber of commerce


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