Mount Vernon has a special place in my heart having been the Director of Economic Development in the city. The city of 36,000 has a great small town feel, and many advantages. It is an up and coming city. The old historic downtown is showing signs of a renaissance, with new shops,restaurants , and community events popping up. The city has a solid job base led by Skagit Regional Health with over 5000 employees. The geographic advantage of Mount Vernon is large. It is equidistant from Seattle and Vancouver B.C., making it a great location for those who like the big city life,but just want to visit!
For military personnel, Mount Vernon is equal distance from NAS Whidbey and Naval Station Everett, a great location if you think you can perhaps convince the detailer ( person that sends you to a new duty station) to double-tour you in the area without having to move!
For retirees, Mount Vernon has in recent years seen a boom in “active over 55” communities, and these newcomers have added a fantastic dimension to life in Mount Vernon.
Although housing prices are on their way up, Mount Vernon still overs great value in comparison to the surrounding areas with the average single family dwelling priced about $300,000.
Give Mount Vernon a look! You may be very surprised.