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The Cities and communities of Snohomish County, Washington*

Alderwood Manor, Arlington

Bothell (portion), Bothell North, Brier, Bryant

Cathcart, Clearview


Edmonds, Everett (County Seat)

Gold Bar, Granite Falls

Lake Stevens, Lakewood, Lynnwood

Maltby, Marysville, Mill Creek, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo


Silvana, Smokey Point, Snohomish, Stanwood, Startup, Sultan



Warm Beach, Woodway

*This list of cities may not be complete. The list may contain towns, cities, villages, boroughs, townships, ghost towns, populated places or simply areas designated by the US Census.

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Information & Facts about Snohomish County, Washington


Snohomish County
3000 Rockefeller Ave
Everett, WA 98201
Main: 425-388-3411
Toll-free: 1-800-562-4367
TTY: 425-388-3700

Snohomish Economic Development Council
728 - 134th Street SW, Suite 128
Everett, WA 98204
Phone: 425-743-4567
Fax: 425-745-5563


2000 - 606,024
2002 - 633,947 (estimate)

Population Density: 290.1 persons per square mile (2000)


Snohomish County is about 15 miles north of Seattle and 100 miles south of Vancouver. It is not far, via ferry, from the San Juan Islands or the Olympic Peninsula.

Try this map page for the county

Other Facts & Figures:

General Information about the county from the state of Washington


The climate in the area has no real extremes. It is moderate year-round.
Average temperature in summer: 75 degrees, F.
Average temperature in winter: 33 degrees, F.

Some areas receive much more precipitation than others. Western county receives about 35 inches of precipitation per year while Index in the eastern Cascade Mountains receives from 110-120 inches per year.


The early inhabitants here were Native Americans. Captain George Vancouver of Britain arrived in 1792, claiming the land where Everett would eventually be located for King George III. The entire area was mapped extensively in 1841 by the US Navy. Snohomish County was carved out of Island County on 14 January 1861. Everett was named the county seat in the late 1800's. The local economy at the time was mainly in timber and farming.

In 1948, the Home Rule form of government was approved by an amendment to the state consitution as an option for county goverment. Snohomish County residents tried to adopt this form in 1968, but it was not approved until 1 May 1980.

Snohomish was the name of the Indian tribe that lived in this valley, mainly the area of present-day Everett.

What does Snohomish mean?
The dominant tribe in this area was the Snohomish, spelled "Sdoh-doh-hohbsh" by the tribe. The meaning is not exactly clear, but a previous Snohomish chief said it meant lowland people. Others say it means sleeping waters.

Here is a history page for the county
Try this additional history page.

Native Americans:
There are three recognized Native American tribes in the county, the Tulalip Tribes (Marysville area), the Stillaguamish Tribe (Arlington area) and the Sauk-Suiattle (Darrington area)


Snohomish County stretches from Puget sound on the west to the Cascades in the east. To the north is Skagit County and to the south is King County. It is the 13th largest county

Total area: 2,196 square miles
Total land area: 2,089 square miles
Total water area: 107 square miles

The county has varied geographic features including river bottom farming areas, saltwater beaches, hills, forest and mountainous wilderness. 68% of the county is forested.

Highest point: 10,541 feet above sea level at Glacier Peak


Snohomish County genealogy resources

US Genweb Snohomish County page


all cities in county except Everett: Sno-Isle Regional Library

Everett Public Library


Links to all school districts in the county

Higher Education:

Central Washington University
Columbia College - Marysville Campus
Edmonds Community College
Everett Community College
Henry Cogswell College
University of Washington at Bothell
Western Washington University - EvCC Extension


The mainstays of the agricultural economy of the county are timber, dairy and nursery plants. Farm crops and livestock are also important. Boeing Company is the largest employer in the county. Other major employers are in telecommunications, wood-products and electronics.

Organizations & Groups

Snohomish County Tourism Bureau
909 SE Everett Mall Way, C300
Everett, WA 98208
Phone: (425) 348-5802
Fax: (425) 348-5701
Toll Free: 1-888-338-0976

League of Snohomish County Heritage Organizations
P. O. Box 64,
Edmonds, WA 98020-0064

South Snohomish County Chamber of Commerce
Serving Bothell, Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mill Creek, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo and Woodway
3500 188th Street SW, Suite 490
Lynnwood, WA 98037
Phone: 425-774-0507
Fax: 425-774-4636

Everett Chamber of Commerce
2000 Hewitt Avenue, Ste. B
Everett, WA 98201
Phone: (425) 257-3222
Fax: (425) 257-2074

Attractions & Other Information

Know your County from the League of Women Voters

Blackman's House Museum
118 Avenue 'B'
Snohomish .
Phone: 425-568-5235
1878 Victorian home features Snohomish history.
Open April 1st thru mid December

Edmonds-South Snoh County Historical Society Museum
118 5th Ave N
Edmonds, WA
Phone: 425-774-0900
Fixed and rotating exhibits housed in the 1910 Carnegie Library Building also listed on the Registry of Historic Buildings.
Hours: Wed - Sun 1:00 - 4:00pm

Snohomish County Museum
1913 Hewitt Ave
Phone: 425-259-2022
Exhibits feature the history of Snohomish County.
Hours: Wed - Sat 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Boeing Tour Center
West of I-5 off Hwy 526
Phone: 425-342-6158
Toll-free: 800-464-1476
World's Largest Airplane, World's Largest Building
The tour includes a video about Boeing, an exhibit detailing Boeing's colorful history, a visit inside the factory to watch airplane assembly, and a drive along the flight line where completed 747, 767 and 777s are tested.

Children's Museum of Snohomish County
3013 Colby Avenue
Everett, WA
Phone: 425-258-1006
A hands-on facility for ages 2 and up, and their families. Exhibits, special events, classes and workshops. Open Monday through Saturday, 10:00am to 3:00pm, Admission $3.00 per person; group rates available.

Everett Aquasox Baseball
3802 Broadway
Everett, WA
Phone: 425-258-3672
Toll-free: 800-GO-FROGS
Class 'A' affiliate of the Seattle Mariners offers old fashioned baseball.

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