Based on per capita income, Glacier ranks 522nd (last) of 522 areas in the state of Washington to be ranked. Glacier is hoping to change this with the opening of the Glacier Chamber of Commerce.
Glacier is the community closest to Mt. Baker (northernmost of the Cascade volcanoes), is within 10 air miles of Mt. Baker's summit and a 20 mile drive to the Mt. Baker Ski Area with awe-inspiring views of Mount Shuksan, one of the most photographed mountains in the world. It consists of a number of thriving businesses - including coffee shops, ski and snowboard shops, restaurants, a small grocery store, and a design company - and a ranger station, with information about hiking and camping, less than a mile east.
Glacier is located at the end of the now defunct Milwaukee Road railroad spur from Sumas.