The city’s prominent tourism industry makes Oak Harbor an excellent location for independent and small businesses, while others find work in the military due to the nearby air station.
The city’s top industry is public administration, coming in at 26 percent of Oak Harbor’s business. Retail and construction come next, both at 10 percent, which a good sign for independent stores and shops around town.
Some other top industries are educational services, health care and social assistance, real estate, transportation, and warehousing.
Whidbey Island’s transit system assists city residents with their commute while reducing pollution through carpooling.
With an average commute of 15 minutes, it’s not hard for Oak Harbor's workforce to catch a ride to work on the bus. And for long-distance travel, the Sea-Tac Airport is just 25 miles away. Ferries to and from the island are also available, along with Deception Pass Bridge making it easy to reach the mainland.
See our list of top employers in Oak Harbor.