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Coupeville, the location of the Outlying Field of the Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island is located in the heart of Whidbey Island the Puget Sound. Puget Sound is one of the most ecologically diverse ecosystems in North America. It is a place of rare biological diversity and high economic value. The health and productivity of Puget Sound is a cornerstone of the region’s quality of life and vibrant economy, from sport fishing to salmon and shellfish production to tourism.

Coupeville was founded in 1852 by Captain Thomas Coupe and is the second oldest town in the State of Washington, officially incorporated on April 20, 1910.

The town continues to preserve original pioneer homes with a variety of historic architectures including Queen Anne, Saltbox, and pioneer Block Houses. Coupe's original home, built in 1853, is one of the State's oldest. Coupeville's limits overlay Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve established by Congress in 1980 as the first and one of the largest such reserves in the nation. Its 22 square miles encompass farmlands, Fort Ebey State Park, beaches, parks, trails and 91 nationally registered historic structures.

Major employers in Coupeville, the Island County seat since 1881, are Island County (300), Whidbey General Hospital (630), Careage of Whidbey (123) and Coupeville School District (122). Service and retail businesses serve the island population and visitors attracted to the town's historic waterfront district and Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve. In addition to 11 restaurants, cafes, and coffee shops, stores include art galleries, gourmet food, clothing, souvenir, and home decor retailers. With few exceptions, these businesses are operated by individual local owners. The average total non-military labor force in Island County is 32,000. As of the 2010 census, Island County’s population was 78,506.

Tourism is one of the most important forms of economic development for Central Whidbey. It is promoted by Island County, State and regional agencies, local business associations and the Chamber of Commerce.

There is 29 acres of available commercially zoned property in Central Whidbey Island: 14 in the Town of Coupeville and 15 in unincorporated Central Whidbey.

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Central Whidbey




Island County





Medical: Whidbey Island Public Hospital District includes all of Whidbey Island. Whidbey General Hospital operates a 24-hour emergency room and 51 bed facility in Coupeville, and two community clinics in Oak Harbor and Clinton. Whidbey General is a Level 3 trauma center. Three paramedic ambulances serve the island. There are fifteen doctors, three dentists and other specialists. The ratio of doctors per thousand is 1.3.

Transportation: Central Whidbey Island is served by a fare-free bus system, Island Transit. The transit system makes frequent daily connections throughout Island County and has inter-county connections to Skagit, Whatcom and Snohomish Counties.

Cultural/Public Facilities:

Community Center

Coupeville Recreation Center, Greenbank Farm


Sno Isle Regional Library Coupeville Branch


Island County Historical Society Museum

Performing Arts Center

Coupeville High School (380 seats)

Visual Art Center

Coupeville Art Center

Art Gallery

Artists Cooperative of Whidbey Island, Artworks Gallery, Blue Heron Gallery, Greenbank Galleries, Penn Cove Gallery

Conference Center

Camp Casey Conference Center

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,831 people, 806 households, and 428 families residing in the town and about 1,100 in the un-incorporated area of Central Whidbey.

Creativity In Coupeville

Coupeville is a Mecca for artists of all stripes: visual, performing and culinary. Visual artists in every medium find inspiration in the shorelines, forests, prairies and waters of central Whidbey Island, as well as in the structures and spirit of the town of Coupeville. Many are attracted to hone their talents at the Pacific Northwest Art School. Some settle on Whidbey Island to assimilate the aura. Their studios and galleries offer literal and figurative representations of the life and landscape of Coupeville, Washington, executed as paintings, photographs, encaustics, pottery, baskets, jewelry, woodcarving and more. Coupeville is also the hub of the annual Spring and Summer Studio Tours, showcasing Whidbey's finest artists and craftspeople.

Food artistry is manifested in a range of dining opportunities. The coffee shops, chocolate purveyor, cafes and restaurants are all conducted with individuality and creativity that attract Whidbey Island residents as well as visitors.

Professional, retired and talented amateur musicians (and visiting performers) contribute to the lively concert series throughout the year. You might find them at the band shell in Coupeville's Town Park, singing in the streets or adding auditory dimension to an art show at the Coupeville Recreation Hall.



The Coupeville School District (CSD #204) has elementary, middle and high school campuses located in the Town of Coupeville. The District also operates Cedar School, an alternative elementary program. Many Central Whidbey Island children are home schooled through the CSD.

Approximately 110 regular employees provide a broad range of services to students and families, and support the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the schools. Some of these same employees, as well as community members, support student athletic, academic, performing arts, and leadership activities as coaches and advisors for about 800 school aged children.

The Coupeville School District is located on the central portion of Whidbey Island in Puget Sound, Washington. The Washington State Ferry system connects the island with the I-5 corridor and the Olympic Peninsula. Islanders also have the option of using the Deception Pass Bridge to reach the mainland.

The community includes several county and state parks and Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve. Population centers include Coupeville (the county seat for Island County) and Greenbank. Residential developments in the county alternate with multiple-acre home sites, farms, prairies, and forested areas.


Central Whidbey Island Fire & Rescue: District Profile

Central Whidbey Island Fire & Rescue (CWIF&R) is responsible for fire prevention and suppression, emergency medical response, and technical/marine rescue services in and around the central portion of Whidbey Island in Island County, Washington, including the Town of Coupeville. The population has just passed 11,000 and is growing at about 9% per annum.

Significantly, 21% of the population we serve are above 65 years of age, and is a popular retirement area. Mostly rural, we are now seeing the construction of more 2- and 3-story structures, construction on steeply inclined land, and some very large new homes; this, in addition to our historic buildings and miles of shoreline with beaches inaccessible below steep bluffs and cliffs.

The District was formed in 1953 and currently employs seven people. The District also has approximately 35 volunteers. The District is primarily funded by property taxes, governed by a 3 member Board of Commissioners. The Board has authority over the district and will assume the responsibility for the adoption and implementation of this plan. A Fire Chief reports to the Board of Commissioners and handles the operations of the fire district.

Land Area Owned - The district owns 11.75 acres on 6 parcels of land: 2 acres in Coupeville; and 9 acres throughout the district.

Land Area Served- The service area of CWIF&R covers about 50 square miles in the central part of Whidbey Island with the northern boundary at block 600 N, southward to block 4800 S.

List/Location/Value of Critical Facilities (owned by District)- $1,875,817

Facility: Approximate Value:

1. (Old) Station 51 $ 171,102

203 N. Main Street

Coupeville, WA 98239

2. Station 51 $ 718,461

109 N. Main Street

Coupeville, WA 98239

3. Station 52 $ 110,665

12 W. Morris Road

Coupeville, WA 98239

4. Station 53 - Headquarters $ 410,237

1164 Race Road

Coupeville, WA 98239

5. Station 54 $ 273,352

3253 Day Road

Greenbank, WA 98253

6. Training Facility $ 192,000

3253 Day Road

Greenbank, WA 98253

Value of Area Served - $1,071,905,443