San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce
Cost of Living
We encourage you to visit the San Juan County and San Juan County Economic Development Council websites for Cost of Living information.
Personal income includes warned income, investing income and government payments such as Social Security and Veterans Benefits. Investment income includes income imputed from pension funds and from owning a home. Per capital personal income equals total personal income divided by the resident population.

In 2013, per capital personal income in San Juan County ($58,718) was well above both state ($47,717) and US ($44,765) averages. It is worth noting that personal income includes all types of income, not limited to earned wages. This is particularly important to recognize in the case of San Juan County, as a large portion of the residents are retired and collect non-wage income. 

According to the US Census Bureau, San Juan County's median household income was $53,376 below state ($59,478) medians over the period 2009 to 2013.

Over the 2009 to 2013 period, 10.8 percent of the resident population was living below the official poverty line. The statewide average was higher at 13.4, while the national average stood at 15.4 percent, according to the US Census Bureau. 

Information from Annelieses Vance-Sherman, Ph.D., regional labor economist updated September 2015.