Communities


Oak Harbor, located on the north end of Whidbey Island with a population of 22,980, has city amenities with the friendliness of a small town.  Irish immigrants settled here in the 1850's, followed by the Dutch about 40 years later.  Oak Harbor was isolated from the mainland and flourished as a small country town until 1935 when the Deception Pass Bridge was built and connected the Island to Fidalgo Island and the outside world.

In 1941 a site was chosen on Whidbey Island as a support location for military defense of the Puget Sound area and soon Navy personnel were calling Oak Harbor their new home.  The base expanded during World War II and has been an integral component in the military efforts of recent years.

Oak Harbor is named for its inviting harbor and magnificent Garry oaks.  Recreational activities include three golf courses, a large marina with a 100-foot-wide boat ramp that was built to accommodate Navy seaplanes during World War II, and a real drive-in theater.  The community is alive with affordable lodging, a salt-water "swimming hole", specialty shops and flavorful cafes and restaurants.

For up-to-date information on all that Oak Harbor has to offer, contact the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce.

Oak Harbor is served by Whidbey General Hospital in Coupeville, Whidbey General North in Oak Harbor, Whidbey  Community Physicians in Oak Harbor and many other medical practices in the city. Whidbey General is a not-for-profit, Medicare certified, Public District Hospital. The main hospital campus opened in 1970 and has expanded to include the Whidbey Family Birthplace, the Medical Ambulatory Care and Oncology Clinic, and satellite campuses on both the North and South end of the island. Two rural health clinics, also located both north and south, provide affordable quality healthcare to the island’s under or uninsured population. Please visit their web site at www.whidbeygen.org

Oak Harbor School District , located on the north end of the island, is the largest district serving students from the Naval Air Station and the greater Oak Harbor area.  There are 8 schools in the Oak Harbor District:  

  • Oak Harbor High School,
  • North Whidbey and Oak Harbor Middle Schools,
  • Broad View, Crescent Harbor, Hillcrest, Oak Harbor and Olympic View Elementary Schools. 
In addition, Midway High School serves alternative learners in grades 9-12, and HomeConnection offers home schoolers the resources of the school district, including computers, programs, classrooms and teaching advisors.

Oak Harbor is a transportation hub for Whidbey's fare-free transit system and lies on Washington SR20. Deception Pass Bridge, north of the city connects to Fidalgo Island and then to the mainland. The centrally located Coupeville ferry connects the island to the Olympic Peninsula at Port Townsend and the Clinton ferry on the south end connects the island to the mainland at Mukilteo.  

  • Washington State Ferry serves Coupeville and Clinton.  Ferry schedules change seasonally so be sure to check the schedule before heading on/off island.  www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries
  • Island Transit provides FREE transit and rideshare services.   Walk to the nearest transit stop, or park your car at one of the local park-n-ride lots, and travel from one end of the island to the other − to your job, school, restaurants, shopping and to the ferries.  www.islandtransit.org
  • Whidbey-SeaTac Shuttle offers 8 round trips each day between Whidbey Island and SeaTac airport.  www.seatacshuttle.com
  • You can take Island Transit to the Clinton Ferry and then walk from the Mukilteo ferry landing to the Sounder Train and be on your way to downtown Seattle.

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Coupeville, WA

  • Coupeville, with a population of 1,915, is the oldest town on Whidbey Island.  Isaac Ebey staked the first claim in 1850, and the town was officially incorporated in 1910.  Coupeville is located on the east side of the Island, ove
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Greenbank, WA

  • Greenbank, an unincorporated community with a population of around 250, sits on a rolling sweep of land at Whidbey Island's narrowest point.  Greenbank is a community of agricultural, rural residential, recreational, and forest lan
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Freeland, WA

  • Freeland, the fastest growing community on Whidbey Island, was free land that originally enticed settlers to homestead this section of Whidbey Island.  The land, unfortunately, is no longer free, but many people are still finding it a
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Langley, WA

  • Langley, with a population of 1,080, overlooks the Saratoga Passage.  Historic buildings, flower-filled walkways, fine restaurants, and eclectic shops, make this little waterfront town an enjoyable place to explore.  Browse for ha
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Clinton, WA

  • Clinton, an unincorporated town at the south end of Whidbey Island, is the site of the Mukilteo-Clinton ferry terminal.  Dozens of businesses, stores, restaurants and tourist attractions serve visitors and the local community.In 1870 F
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