Whidbey Island, located in northern Puget Sound continues to benefit from technology industry expansions, following a lot of agony over “telecoms” and “dot.coms” employment contraction. The “mainland” areas of Mukilteo, Everett, and Seattle have, during the last few decades, attracted large numbers of “high technology” businesses. You may want to take a look at the following video about Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island:
Though the Boeing Company’s large-plane plant in Everett has been struggling somewhat with what they see as “unfair” sales competition from the European “Airbus Industries”, the company’s new “Dreamliner” is doing absolutely well. If Boeing were totally independent, it would still be the largest airplane manufacturer in the world.
This activity combined with the attractive, casual lifestyle of the Pacific Northwest, makes Whidbey Island, only three miles away, an accessible place with still reasonable property values. In reality, each year Boeing Everett has a smaller impact on Whidbey Island as fewer and fewer employees are needed to manufacture aircraft.