San Juan County, Washington

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San Juan County is a county located in the Salish Sea in the far northwestern corner of the U.S. state of Washington. It comprises most of the San Juan Islands. The County is named after San Juan Island, which was reportedly named after St. John the Baptist (San Juan Bautista) by the Spanish explorer Francisco de Eliza, in 1791. The area that now constitutes San Juan County was part of Whatcom County until October 31, 1873.[1] The county seat and the county's only incorporated city is Friday Harbor, on San Juan Island. The 2000 Census reported a population of 14,077 for San Juan County. It is the smallest of Washington's 39 counties in land area.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 621 square miles (1,610 km2). Of this, 175 square miles (453 km2) is land and 446 square miles (1,160 km2) is water. The highest point in the county is Mount Constitution on Orcas Island at 2,407 feet (734 m) above sea level.

Geographic features

Major islands

There are 743 islands in the San Juan Island chain. Most of the county's population lives on the largest four islands, which are the only county islands served by the Washington State Ferries. The four largest islands are:

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