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Washington - 2nd District

Incumbent -- Rick Larsen (D) ; Running for re-election

Leans Democratic
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District Information

District Profile from Politics in America

Extending from the Cascade Mountains to San Juan Island in the northwestern corner of the state, the 2nd covers an area that is mostly rural in its topography and moderate in its politics. Most residents live along Interstate 5, a densely populated technology corridor that runs alongside the Puget Sound, while rural areas just west of the mountains provide open expanses of land, much of it national forest. In between lies a fertile agricultural plain.

Everett, the 2nd's most populous city, is home to Boeing's largest aerospace facility, which employs thousands of district residents. Firms linked to Seattle's technology industries are located in the district, and these white-collar jobs are integral to the local economy. The district is home to several ports, including those in Everett and Bellingham.

Although no longer dominant, natural resources industries continue to provide some jobs in the rural east, and agriculture workers produce everything from raspberries to dairy products. Tourism also is a significant part of the economy, with visitors drawn to the state and national forests that line the western slope of the Cascade Range in eastern Whatcom, Skagit and Snohomish counties. Slow-paced San Juan County, a collection of islands southwest of Bellingham, also lures tourists and has attracted retirees -- it has the highest median age in the state (52 years). West of the mountains and north of Mount Vernon, residents are closer to Vancouver, British Columbia, than to Seattle.

The 2nd tends to be politically competitive and represented by centrists. The urban centers of Everett in the south and Bellingham in the north are liberal, while rural areas lean conservative. Overall, Republican candidate Dino Rossi won the 2nd's portions of Island, Skagit and Snohomish counties in the 2010 U.S. Senate race.

Major Industry

Aviation, technology, shipping, agriculture, tourism

Military Bases

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, 7,650 military, 1,200 civilian; Naval Station Everett, 5,403 military, 464 civilian (2011)


Everett (pt.), 93,232; Bellingham, 80,885; Marysville, 60,020


There are no stop lights on the San Juan Islands.




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