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Snohomish County, Washington

Snohomish County () is a county located in the U.S. state of Washington. With an estimated population of 827,957 as of the 2020 census, it is the third-most populous county in Washington, after nearby King and Pierce counties, and the 75th-most populous in the United States. The county seat and largest city is Everett. The county was created out of Island County on January 14, 1861 and is named for the Snohomish tribe.

Snohomish County
Snohomish County Government Campus in Everett
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Location within the U.S. state of Washington
Washington's location within the U.S.
Coordinates:48°02′N121°43′W /48.04°N 121.71°W /48.04; -121.71
CountryUnited States
StateWashington
FoundedJanuary 14, 1861
Named forthe Snohomish people
SeatEverett
Largest cityEverett
Area
• Total2,196 sq mi (5,690 km2)
• Land2,087 sq mi (5,410 km2)
• Water109 sq mi (280 km2) 5.0%
Population
• Total827,957
• Density384/sq mi (148/km2)
Time zoneUTC−8 (Pacific)
• Summer (DST)UTC−7 (PDT)
Congressional districts1st, 2nd, 7th
Websitesnohomishcountywa.gov

Snohomish County is included in the Seattle metropolitan area. The western portion of the county, facing Puget Sound and other bodies of water, has the majority of its population and cities. The eastern portion of the county is mountainous and is part of the Cascade Mountains and the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, with few settlements along major rivers.

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"Snohomish" comes from the name of the largest Native American tribe in the area when settlers arrived in the 19th century. The name is spelled as "Sdoh-doh-hohbsh" in the Lushootseed language and has a disputed meaning with unclear origins, with Indian agent Dr. Charles M. Buchanan once saying that he had "never met an Indian who could give a meaning to the word Snohomish" in his 21 years with the Tulalips. Chief William Shelton, the last hereditary tribal chief of the Snohomish tribe, claimed that it meant "lowland people", a name associated with the tribe's location on the waters of the Puget Sound; other scholars have claimed "a style of union among them", "the braves", or "Sleeping Waters".

The name is also used for the Snohomish River, which runs through part of the county, and the City of Snohomish, the former county seat that was renamed after the formation of the county. The current spelling of the name was adopted by the Surveyor General of Washington Territory in 1857, with earlier documents and accounts using alternative spellings. John Work of the Hudson's Bay Company recorded the name "Sinnahmis" in 1824, while the Wilkes Expedition of 1841 used "Tuxpam" to describe the Snohomish River. The same river was named "Sinahomis" by Captain Henry Kellett in 1847, and was accepted by the U.S. government for several years.

Canoes with settlers and Native Americans at Mukilteo Beach, c. 1861–62

Snohomish County was originally inhabited by several Coast Salish groups, predominantly settled along the western coastline and near the region's rivers. The Snohomish were the largest group and occupied an area from present-day Warm Beach to Shoreline, while Stillaguamish lived in the Stillaguamish River basin. The region was first charted and named by European explorers in the late 18th century, beginning with Captain George Vancouver and his British expedition. Vancouver arrived in Puget Sound and Port Gardner Bay on June 4, 1792, landing near present-day Everett.

The Treaty of Point Elliott was signed at present-day Mukilteo on January 22, 1855, marking the cession of Coast Salish territories in the Puget Sound lowlands. The Tulalip Indian Reservation was established to house the remaining tribes, including the Snohomish, Snoqualmie, and Skykomish. Snohomish County was created out of Island County on January 14, 1861.

The territorial legislature designated Mukilteo, the area's largest settlement, as the temporary county seat in January 1861. The county government was permanently moved to Cadyville, later Snohomish, in July of that year. After the incorporation of the city of Everett in 1893, the city's leaders attempted to move the county seat from Snohomish. A countywide general election on November 6, 1894 chose to relocate the county seat to Everett, amid controversy and allegations of illegal votes. After two years of litigation between the cities of Snohomish and Everett, the county seat was officially relocated to Everett in December 1896.

One of the first county censuses was taken in 1862 by Sheriff Salem A. Woods.

Early important pioneers in the Snohomish County region included E. F. Cady of Snohomish, E. C. Ferguson of Snohomish and Isaac Cathcart.

Map of Snohomish County, showing settlements and major highways

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,196 square miles (5,690 km2), of which 2,087 square miles (5,410 km2) is land and 109 square miles (280 km2) (5.0%) is water.

Snohomish County is located in western Washington, about halfway between the state's northern and southern borders. Possession Sound and Puget Sound define the county's western border, while the eastern border is defined by the summits of the Cascade Range. Four counties are situated adjacent to Snohomish County: Skagit County to the north, Chelan County to the east, King County to the south, and Island County to the west.

The county's surface is covered by plains in the west and mountainous terrain in the east. The Cascade Range passes through the eastern part of the county and includes the highest point in Snohomish County: Glacier Peak, at 10,541 feet (3,212.90 m) above sea level. Most of the eastern part of the county is preserved by the Mount Baker National Forest and Snoqualmie National Forest, which are consolidated into the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. The mountains provide a source for several major rivers in the east, including the Snohomish, Skykomish, Snoqualmie, and Stillaguamish, that in turn form major bodies of water to the west.

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870599
18801,387131.6%
18908,514513.8%
190023,950181.3%
191059,209147.2%
192067,69014.3%
193078,86116.5%
194088,75412.5%
1950111,58025.7%
1960172,19954.3%
1970265,23654.0%
1980337,72027.3%
1990465,64237.9%
2000606,02430.1%
2010713,33517.7%
2020827,95716.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960, 1900–1990,
1990–2000, 2010–2020

2020 census

As of the 2020 census, there were 827,957 people families residing in the county. The population density was 377 inhabitants per square mile (146/km2). There were 321,523 housing units at an average density of 146.4 per square mile (56.5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 66.1% white, 12.3% Asian, 3.54% black or African American, 1.3% Native American, 0.6% Pacific Islander, 5.4% other races, and 10.8% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 11.6% of the population.

2010 census

As of the 2010 census, there were 713,335 people, 268,325 households, and 182,282 families residing in the county. The population density was 341.8 inhabitants per square mile (132.0/km2). There were 286,659 housing units at an average density of 137.3 per square mile (53.0/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 78.4% white, 8.9% Asian, 2.5% black or African American, 1.4% Indigenous, 0.4% Pacific islander, 3.8% from other races, and 4.6% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 9.0% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 20.3% were German, 12.6% were Irish, 12.2% were English, 8.2% were Norwegian, and 3.6% were American.

Of the 268,325 households, 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.4% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 32.1% were non-families, and 24.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.12. The median age was 37.1 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $66,300 and the median income for a family was $77,479. Males had a median income of $56,152 versus $41,621 for females. The per capita income for the county was $30,635. About 5.9% of families and 8.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.8% of those under age 18 and 7.3% of those age 65 or over.

2000 census

As of the 2000 census, there were 606,024 people, 224,852 households, and 157,846 families residing in the county. The population density was 290 people per square mile (112/km2). There were 236,205 housing units at an average density of 113 per square mile (44/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 85.6% White, 1.7% Black or African American, 1.4% Native American, 5.8% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 1.9% from other races, and 3.4% from two or more races. 4.7% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 16.2% were of German, 10.0% English, 8.8% Irish, 8.4% Norwegian and 6.6% United States or American ancestry.

There were 224,852 households, out of which 37.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.0% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.8% were non-families. 22.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 27.4% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 33.0% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 9.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.2 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $53,060, and the median income for a family was $60,726. Males had a median income of $43,293 versus $31,386 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,417. About 4.9% of families and 6.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.6% of those under age 18 and 7.8% of those age 65 or over.

County Executive

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The county executive is Dave Somers, a Democrat. Somers is a former Snohomish County Councilman and took office as county executive on December 23, 2015, having won the seat from incumbent and fellow Democrat John Lovick.

The county executive seat was chartered in the 1979. The first county executive was conservative Democrat Willis Tucker of Snohomish from 1980 to 1991. Following Tucker, the next county executive was Democrat Bob Drewel from 1991 to 2002, followed by Democrat Aaron Reardon from 2003 to 2013. Reardon resigned on May 31, 2013, amid a series of political scandals, and was replaced by former Snohomish County Sheriff and state legislator John Lovick for the remainder of his term.

County Council

The county council is made up of:

  • Nate Nehring (R) - district 1
  • Megan Dunn (D) - district 2
  • Stephanie Wright (D) - district 3
  • Jared Mead (D) - district 4
  • Sam Low (R) - district 5

Politics

Snohomish County has been a reliably Democratic county in recent presidential elections (albeit to a lesser degree than neighboring King County and Seattle). It has voted Democratic all but four times since 1932, with those four occasions being national Republican landslides in which the GOP candidate won over 400 electoral votes. It has not voted for a Republican since George H. W. Bush in 1988.

Presidential election results
Presidential election results
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2020 37.9% 166,428 58.5% 256,728 3.6% 15,640
2016 36.2% 128,255 52.2% 185,227 11.6% 41,252
2012 40.1% 133,016 56.8% 188,516 3.1% 10,436
2008 39.3% 126,722 58.1% 187,294 2.5% 8,183
2004 45.5% 134,317 53.0% 156,468 1.6% 4,629
2000 43.6% 109,615 51.6% 129,612 4.8% 12,101
1996 36.9% 81,885 49.5% 109,624 13.6% 30,161
1992 30.7% 69,137 39.3% 88,643 30.0% 67,650
1988 50.3% 84,158 48.3% 80,694 1.4% 2,313
1984 56.8% 90,362 42.0% 66,728 1.2% 1,905
1980 48.7% 66,153 38.3% 52,003 13.1% 17,751
1976 48.0% 55,375 48.2% 55,623 3.9% 4,490
1972 57.3% 60,032 37.7% 39,471 5.1% 5,318
1968 41.5% 36,252 50.4% 44,019 8.2% 7,153
1964 31.8% 25,902 67.6% 55,013 0.6% 490
1960 46.1% 33,731 53.0% 38,793 0.9% 639
1956 48.2% 30,052 51.3% 31,950 0.5% 325
1952 47.9% 26,749 51.1% 28,518 1.0% 534
1948 36.8% 17,018 56.0% 25,924 7.2% 3,318
1944 35.2% 15,182 63.4% 27,345 1.4% 603
1940 33.6% 13,638 64.5% 26,185 1.9% 762
1936 25.0% 8,882 70.5% 25,081 4.5% 1,606
1932 30.1% 9,310 59.3% 18,352 10.7% 3,301
1928 67.4% 16,516 30.3% 7,419 2.3% 572
1924 48.8% 10,484 7.2% 1,548 44.0% 9,441
1920 52.5% 10,793 14.9% 3,056 32.7% 6,718
1916 42.7% 8,625 41.5% 8,390 15.8% 3,192
1912 15.7% 3,007 20.1% 3,846 64.3% 12,329
1908 55.6% 5,659 29.2% 2,974 15.1% 1,538
1904 71.7% 6,025 16.7% 1,405 11.6% 974
1900 51.8% 2,961 43.4% 2,478 4.9% 277
1896 39.2% 1,871 59.9% 2,858 0.9% 45
1892 34.9% 1,488 32.6% 1,390 32.4% 1,382
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Snoqualmie Hall, a building shared by Edmonds College and Central Washington University, 2007

Snohomish County is one of the most-populous counties in the United States without a four-year, baccalaureate degree-granting institution.

Columbia College offers AA all the way up to a Master's in Business along with other Associate and bachelor's degrees. Everett Community College and Edmonds College provide academic transfer degrees, career training and basic education in Snohomish County. Together, the two serve more than 40,000 people annually. About 40 percent of all high school graduates in Snohomish County begin their college education at Edmonds or Everett community college.

Everett Community College is the legislatively appointed leader of the University Center of North Puget Sound, which offers 25 bachelor's and master's degrees through Western Washington University, Washington State University, Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, The Evergreen State College, Hope International University, and the University of Washington Bothell.

Edmonds College and Central Washington University have worked together since 1975 to provide higher education in Snohomish County. After earning a two-year degree online or on campus from Edmonds College, students can continue their studies for a bachelor's degree from Central Washington University-Lynnwood in Snoqualmie Hall, a shared building on the Edmonds CC campus.

Residents receive much of their information from Seattle-based media, the most prominent of which include The Seattle Times and regional TV news stations. The Herald in Everett is the county's most popular daily newspaper, while weekly newspapers such as the Snohomish County Tribune, Everett Tribune, Marysville Globe, and The Monroe Monitor serve their respective communities.

The county is part of the Seattle broadcast television market and is served by several regional television news stations, including KOMO, KING, KIRO, KCTS, and KCPQ.

Local radio stations based in the county include KKXA, KRKO, KSER, and KWYZ.

There are also smaller local publications, with significant online presences: The Monroe Monitor, My Edmonds News, Edmonds Beacon, My Everett News, The Mountlake Terrace News, News of Mill Creek, The Mukilteo Beacon, The Snohomish County Reporter, and The Snohomish Times.

Roads

Snohomish County has five major routes that connect the county to the other counties and other areas. There are four north–south routes, which are Interstate 5, Interstate 405, State Route 9, and State Route 99. The only complete east–west route is U.S. Route 2.

Public transportation

Snohomish County is served by three public transit systems: Community Transit, which provides local service within the county (apart from the city of Everett) and commuter service to the Boeing Everett Factory, Downtown Seattle and the University of Washington campus; Everett Transit, a municipal system serving the city of Everett; and Sound Transit, which provides commuter rail service and express bus service connecting to regional destinations in Seattle and Bellevue. Sound Transit runs four daily Sounder commuter trains at peak hours between Everett Station and Seattle, stopping at Mukilteo and Edmonds.

Intercity rail service is provided by Amtrak, which has two lines operating within Snohomish County: Amtrak Cascades between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia, stopping in Edmonds, Everett, and Stanwood station; and the Empire Builder between Seattle and Chicago, Illinois, stopping in Edmonds and Everett. Intercity bus service is provided by Greyhound Lines and Northwestern Trailways from Everett Station.

Community Transit also operates a bus rapid transit service called Swift from Everett Station to the Aurora Village in Shoreline along the State Route 99 corridor, which opened in 2009; the service is anticipated to be expanded in 2018, with a new line serving the Airport Road and State Route 527 corridors, from the Boeing Everett Factory to Bothell via Mill Creek. Sound Transit is also planning to extend Link light rail service from Northgate to Lynnwood in 2024, having won voter approval for the project in 2008. An additional extension to Everett, not yet approved by voters, has been proposed as part of a regional transit package. Island Transit also operates bus links through Snohomish County from Everett and Skagit County's Mount Vernon to Camano Island because the island does not have direct road access to its county-seat island, Whidbey Island.

Airports

Snohomish County has one major airport: Paine Field, otherwise known as Snohomish County Airport, which has had passenger service since March 2019.

There are three smaller public airports that are open to general aviation: Arlington Municipal Airport in Arlington, Darrington Municipal Airport in Darrington, and Harvey Field in Snohomish. The county also has several private airports, including the Frontier Airpark and Green Valley Airfield in Granite Falls. The Martha Lake Airport in Martha Lake was a former private airport that was closed in 2000 and was converted into a county park that opened in 2010.

Ferries

Snohomish County is also connected to adjacent counties by two ferry routes operated by Washington State Ferries. The Edmonds–Kingston ferry carries SR 104 between Edmonds and Kingston in Kitsap County. The Mukilteo–Clinton ferry carries SR 525 from Mukilteo to Clinton on Whidbey Island.

Cities

Towns

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

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Snohomish County, Washington
Snohomish County Washington Language Watch Edit Snohomish County s n oʊ ˈ h oʊ m ɪ ʃ is a county located in the U S state of Washington With an estimated population of 827 957 as of the 2020 census 1 it is the third most populous county in Washington after nearby King and Pierce counties and the 75th most populous in the United States The county seat and largest city is Everett The county was created out of Island County on January 14 1861 and is named for the Snohomish tribe 2 Snohomish CountyU S countySnohomish County Government Campus in EverettFlagSealLocation within the U S state of WashingtonWashington s location within the U S Coordinates 48 02 N 121 43 W 48 04 N 121 71 W 48 04 121 71Country United StatesState WashingtonFoundedJanuary 14 1861Named forthe Snohomish peopleSeatEverettLargest cityEverettArea Total2 196 sq mi 5 690 km2 Land2 087 sq mi 5 410 km2 Water109 sq mi 280 km2 5 0 Population 2020 Total827 957 Density384 sq mi 148 km2 Time zoneUTC 8 Pacific Summer DST UTC 7 PDT Congressional districts1st 2nd 7thWebsitesnohomishcountywa wbr gov Snohomish County is included in the Seattle metropolitan area The western portion of the county facing Puget Sound and other bodies of water has the majority of its population and cities The eastern portion of the county is mountainous and is part of the Cascade Mountains and the Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest with few settlements along major rivers Contents 1 Etymology 2 History 3 Geography 4 Demographics 4 1 2020 census 4 2 2010 census 4 3 2000 census 5 Law and government 5 1 County Executive 5 2 County Council 5 3 Politics 6 Education 7 Media 8 Transportation 8 1 Roads 8 2 Public transportation 8 3 Airports 8 4 Ferries 9 Communities 9 1 Cities 9 2 Towns 9 3 Census designated places 9 4 Unincorporated communities 10 See also 11 References 12 Further reading 13 External links 13 1 ArchivesEtymology Edit Snohomish comes from the name of the largest Native American tribe in the area when settlers arrived in the 19th century The name is spelled as Sdoh doh hohbsh in the Lushootseed language and has a disputed meaning with unclear origins with Indian agent Dr Charles M Buchanan once saying that he had never met an Indian who could give a meaning to the word Snohomish in his 21 years with the Tulalips Chief William Shelton the last hereditary tribal chief of the Snohomish tribe claimed that it meant lowland people a name associated with the tribe s location on the waters of the Puget Sound other scholars have claimed a style of union among them the braves or Sleeping Waters 3 4 The name is also used for the Snohomish River which runs through part of the county and the City of Snohomish the former county seat that was renamed after the formation of the county 4 5 The current spelling of the name was adopted by the Surveyor General of Washington Territory in 1857 with earlier documents and accounts using alternative spellings John Work of the Hudson s Bay Company recorded the name Sinnahmis in 1824 while the Wilkes Expedition of 1841 used Tuxpam to describe the Snohomish River The same river was named Sinahomis by Captain Henry Kellett in 1847 and was accepted by the U S government for several years 4 History Edit Canoes with settlers and Native Americans at Mukilteo Beach c 1861 62 Snohomish County was originally inhabited by several Coast Salish groups predominantly settled along the western coastline and near the region s rivers The Snohomish were the largest group and occupied an area from present day Warm Beach to Shoreline while Stillaguamish lived in the Stillaguamish River basin 2 The region was first charted and named by European explorers in the late 18th century beginning with Captain George Vancouver and his British expedition Vancouver arrived in Puget Sound and Port Gardner Bay on June 4 1792 landing near present day Everett 2 The Treaty of Point Elliott was signed at present day Mukilteo on January 22 1855 marking the cession of Coast Salish territories in the Puget Sound lowlands The Tulalip Indian Reservation was established to house the remaining tribes including the Snohomish Snoqualmie and Skykomish Snohomish County was created out of Island County on January 14 1861 2 The territorial legislature designated Mukilteo the area s largest settlement as the temporary county seat in January 1861 The county government was permanently moved to Cadyville later Snohomish in July of that year 6 7 After the incorporation of the city of Everett in 1893 the city s leaders attempted to move the county seat from Snohomish A countywide general election on November 6 1894 chose to relocate the county seat to Everett amid controversy and allegations of illegal votes After two years of litigation between the cities of Snohomish and Everett the county seat was officially relocated to Everett in December 1896 8 One of the first county censuses was taken in 1862 by Sheriff Salem A Woods Early important pioneers in the Snohomish County region included E F Cady of Snohomish E C Ferguson of Snohomish and Isaac Cathcart Geography Edit Map of Snohomish County showing settlements and major highways According to the U S Census Bureau the county has a total area of 2 196 square miles 5 690 km2 of which 2 087 square miles 5 410 km2 is land and 109 square miles 280 km2 5 0 is water 9 Snohomish County is located in western Washington about halfway between the state s northern and southern borders Possession Sound and Puget Sound define the county s western border while the eastern border is defined by the summits of the Cascade Range Four counties are situated adjacent to Snohomish County Skagit County to the north Chelan County to the east King County to the south and Island County to the west The county s surface is covered by plains in the west and mountainous terrain in the east The Cascade Range passes through the eastern part of the county and includes the highest point in Snohomish County Glacier Peak at 10 541 feet 3 212 90 m above sea level Most of the eastern part of the county is preserved by the Mount Baker National Forest and Snoqualmie National Forest which are consolidated into the Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest The mountains provide a source for several major rivers in the east including the Snohomish Skykomish Snoqualmie and Stillaguamish that in turn form major bodies of water to the west Demographics EditHistorical populationCensus Pop 1870599 18801 387131 6 18908 514513 8 190023 950181 3 191059 209147 2 192067 69014 3 193078 86116 5 194088 75412 5 1950111 58025 7 1960172 19954 3 1970265 23654 0 1980337 72027 3 1990465 64237 9 2000606 02430 1 2010713 33517 7 2020827 95716 1 U S Decennial Census 10 1790 1960 11 1900 1990 12 1990 2000 13 2010 2020 1 2020 census Edit As of the 2020 census there were 827 957 people families residing in the county The population density was 377 inhabitants per square mile 146 km2 There were 321 523 housing units at an average density of 146 4 per square mile 56 5 km2 The racial makeup of the county was 66 1 white 12 3 Asian 3 54 black or African American 1 3 Native American 0 6 Pacific Islander 5 4 other races and 10 8 from two or more races 14 Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 11 6 of the population 2010 census Edit As of the 2010 census there were 713 335 people 268 325 households and 182 282 families residing in the county 15 The population density was 341 8 inhabitants per square mile 132 0 km2 There were 286 659 housing units at an average density of 137 3 per square mile 53 0 km2 16 The racial makeup of the county was 78 4 white 8 9 Asian 2 5 black or African American 1 4 Indigenous 0 4 Pacific islander 3 8 from other races and 4 6 from two or more races Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 9 0 of the population 15 In terms of ancestry 20 3 were German 12 6 were Irish 12 2 were English 8 2 were Norwegian and 3 6 were American 17 Of the 268 325 households 35 2 had children under the age of 18 living with them 52 4 were married couples living together 10 4 had a female householder with no husband present 32 1 were non families and 24 3 of all households were made up of individuals The average household size was 2 62 and the average family size was 3 12 The median age was 37 1 years 15 The median income for a household in the county was 66 300 and the median income for a family was 77 479 Males had a median income of 56 152 versus 41 621 for females The per capita income for the county was 30 635 About 5 9 of families and 8 4 of the population were below the poverty line including 10 8 of those under age 18 and 7 3 of those age 65 or over 18 2000 census Edit As of the 2000 census there were 606 024 people 224 852 households and 157 846 families residing in the county The population density was 290 people per square mile 112 km2 There were 236 205 housing units at an average density of 113 per square mile 44 km2 The racial makeup of the county was 85 6 White 1 7 Black or African American 1 4 Native American 5 8 Asian 0 3 Pacific Islander 1 9 from other races and 3 4 from two or more races 4 7 of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race 16 2 were of German 10 0 English 8 8 Irish 8 4 Norwegian and 6 6 United States or American ancestry 19 There were 224 852 households out of which 37 3 had children under the age of 18 living with them 56 0 were married couples living together 9 8 had a female householder with no husband present and 29 8 were non families 22 6 of all households were made up of individuals and 6 5 had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 2 65 and the average family size was 3 13 In the county the population was spread out with 27 4 under the age of 18 8 5 from 18 to 24 33 0 from 25 to 44 22 0 from 45 to 64 and 9 1 who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 35 years For every 100 females there were 100 1 males For every 100 females age 18 and over there were 98 2 males The median income for a household in the county was 53 060 and the median income for a family was 60 726 Males had a median income of 43 293 versus 31 386 for females The per capita income for the county was 23 417 About 4 9 of families and 6 9 of the population were below the poverty line including 7 6 of those under age 18 and 7 8 of those age 65 or over Law and government EditCounty Executive Edit This section needs expansion You can help by adding to it December 2010 The county executive is Dave Somers a Democrat Somers is a former Snohomish County Councilman and took office as county executive on December 23 2015 having won the seat from incumbent and fellow Democrat John Lovick 20 The county executive seat was chartered in the 1979 21 The first county executive was conservative Democrat 21 Willis Tucker of Snohomish from 1980 to 1991 21 Following Tucker the next county executive was Democrat 22 Bob Drewel from 1991 to 2002 21 23 followed by Democrat Aaron Reardon from 2003 to 2013 24 Reardon resigned on May 31 2013 amid a series of political scandals and was replaced by former Snohomish County Sheriff and state legislator John Lovick for the remainder of his term 25 26 County Council Edit Main article Snohomish County Council The county council is made up of 27 Nate Nehring R district 1 Megan Dunn D district 2 Stephanie Wright D district 3 Jared Mead D district 4 Sam Low R district 5Politics Edit Snohomish County has been a reliably Democratic county in recent presidential elections albeit to a lesser degree than neighboring King County and Seattle It has voted Democratic all but four times since 1932 with those four occasions being national Republican landslides in which the GOP candidate won over 400 electoral votes It has not voted for a Republican since George H W Bush in 1988 Presidential election resultsPresidential election results 28 Year Republican Democratic Third parties2020 37 9 166 428 58 5 256 728 3 6 15 6402016 36 2 128 255 52 2 185 227 11 6 41 2522012 40 1 133 016 56 8 188 516 3 1 10 4362008 39 3 126 722 58 1 187 294 2 5 8 1832004 45 5 134 317 53 0 156 468 1 6 4 6292000 43 6 109 615 51 6 129 612 4 8 12 1011996 36 9 81 885 49 5 109 624 13 6 30 1611992 30 7 69 137 39 3 88 643 30 0 67 6501988 50 3 84 158 48 3 80 694 1 4 2 3131984 56 8 90 362 42 0 66 728 1 2 1 9051980 48 7 66 153 38 3 52 003 13 1 17 7511976 48 0 55 375 48 2 55 623 3 9 4 4901972 57 3 60 032 37 7 39 471 5 1 5 3181968 41 5 36 252 50 4 44 019 8 2 7 1531964 31 8 25 902 67 6 55 013 0 6 4901960 46 1 33 731 53 0 38 793 0 9 6391956 48 2 30 052 51 3 31 950 0 5 3251952 47 9 26 749 51 1 28 518 1 0 5341948 36 8 17 018 56 0 25 924 7 2 3 3181944 35 2 15 182 63 4 27 345 1 4 6031940 33 6 13 638 64 5 26 185 1 9 7621936 25 0 8 882 70 5 25 081 4 5 1 6061932 30 1 9 310 59 3 18 352 10 7 3 3011928 67 4 16 516 30 3 7 419 2 3 5721924 48 8 10 484 7 2 1 548 44 0 9 4411920 52 5 10 793 14 9 3 056 32 7 6 7181916 42 7 8 625 41 5 8 390 15 8 3 1921912 15 7 3 007 20 1 3 846 64 3 12 3291908 55 6 5 659 29 2 2 974 15 1 1 5381904 71 7 6 025 16 7 1 405 11 6 9741900 51 8 2 961 43 4 2 478 4 9 2771896 39 2 1 871 59 9 2 858 0 9 451892 34 9 1 488 32 6 1 390 32 4 1 382Education EditThis section needs to be updated Please help update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information May 2010 Snoqualmie Hall a building shared by Edmonds College and Central Washington University 2007 Snohomish County is one of the most populous counties in the United States without a four year baccalaureate degree granting institution 29 Columbia College offers AA all the way up to a Master s in Business along with other Associate and bachelor s degrees Everett Community College and Edmonds College provide academic transfer degrees career training and basic education in Snohomish County Together the two serve more than 40 000 people annually About 40 percent of all high school graduates in Snohomish County begin their college education at Edmonds or Everett community college Everett Community College is the legislatively appointed leader of the University Center of North Puget Sound 30 which offers 25 bachelor s and master s degrees through Western Washington University Washington State University Central Washington University Eastern Washington University The Evergreen State College Hope International University and the University of Washington Bothell Edmonds College and Central Washington University have worked together since 1975 to provide higher education in Snohomish County After earning a two year degree online or on campus from Edmonds College students can continue their studies for a bachelor s degree from Central Washington University Lynnwood in Snoqualmie Hall a shared building on the Edmonds CC campus Media EditResidents receive much of their information from Seattle based media the most prominent of which include The Seattle Times and regional TV news stations The Herald in Everett is the county s most popular daily newspaper while weekly newspapers such as the Snohomish County Tribune Everett Tribune Marysville Globe and The Monroe Monitor serve their respective communities 31 The county is part of the Seattle broadcast television market and is served by several regional television news stations including KOMO KING KIRO KCTS and KCPQ 31 Local radio stations based in the county include KKXA KRKO KSER and KWYZ 31 There are also smaller local publications with significant online presences The Monroe Monitor My Edmonds News Edmonds Beacon My Everett News The Mountlake Terrace News News of Mill Creek The Mukilteo Beacon The Snohomish County Reporter and The Snohomish Times 31 Transportation EditRoads Edit Snohomish County has five major routes that connect the county to the other counties and other areas There are four north south routes which are Interstate 5 Interstate 405 State Route 9 and State Route 99 The only complete east west route is U S Route 2 Interstate 5 Interstate 405 U S Route 2 State Route 9 State Route 92 State Route 96 State Route 99 State Route 104 State Route 203 State Route 204 State Route 522 State Route 524 State Route 525 State Route 526 State Route 527 State Route 528 State Route 529 State Route 530 State Route 531 State Route 532 Public transportation Edit Snohomish County is served by three public transit systems Community Transit which provides local service within the county apart from the city of Everett and commuter service to the Boeing Everett Factory Downtown Seattle and the University of Washington campus 32 Everett Transit a municipal system serving the city of Everett 33 and Sound Transit which provides commuter rail service and express bus service connecting to regional destinations in Seattle and Bellevue Sound Transit runs four daily Sounder commuter trains at peak hours between Everett Station and Seattle stopping at Mukilteo and Edmonds 34 35 Intercity rail service is provided by Amtrak which has two lines operating within Snohomish County Amtrak Cascades between Seattle and Vancouver British Columbia stopping in Edmonds Everett and Stanwood station and the Empire Builder between Seattle and Chicago Illinois stopping in Edmonds and Everett 36 Intercity bus service is provided by Greyhound Lines and Northwestern Trailways from Everett Station 37 Community Transit also operates a bus rapid transit service called Swift from Everett Station to the Aurora Village in Shoreline along the State Route 99 corridor which opened in 2009 38 the service is anticipated to be expanded in 2018 with a new line serving the Airport Road and State Route 527 corridors from the Boeing Everett Factory to Bothell via Mill Creek 39 Sound Transit is also planning to extend Link light rail service from Northgate to Lynnwood in 2024 having won voter approval for the project in 2008 40 An additional extension to Everett not yet approved by voters has been proposed as part of a regional transit package 41 Island Transit also operates bus links through Snohomish County from Everett and Skagit County s Mount Vernon to Camano Island because the island does not have direct road access to its county seat island Whidbey Island Airports Edit Snohomish County has one major airport Paine Field otherwise known as Snohomish County Airport which has had passenger service since March 2019 42 There are three smaller public airports that are open to general aviation Arlington Municipal Airport in Arlington Darrington Municipal Airport in Darrington and Harvey Field in Snohomish 43 The county also has several private airports including the Frontier Airpark and Green Valley Airfield in Granite Falls The Martha Lake Airport in Martha Lake was a former private airport that was closed in 2000 and was converted into a county park that opened in 2010 44 Ferries Edit Snohomish County is also connected to adjacent counties by two ferry routes operated by Washington State Ferries The Edmonds Kingston ferry carries SR 104 between Edmonds and Kingston in Kitsap County The Mukilteo Clinton ferry carries SR 525 from Mukilteo to Clinton on Whidbey Island 45 Communities EditCities Edit Arlington Bothell partly in King County Brier Edmonds Everett county seat Gold Bar Granite Falls Lake Stevens Lynnwood Marysville Mill Creek Monroe Mountlake Terrace Mukilteo Snohomish Stanwood Sultan Woodway Towns Edit Darrington IndexCensus designated places Edit Alderwood Manor Arlington Heights Bothell East Bothell West Bryant Bunk Foss Canyon Creek Cathcart Cavalero Chain Lake Clearview Eastmont Esperance Fobes Hill Hat Island High Bridge Kayak Point Lake Bosworth Lake Cassidy Lake Goodwin Lake Ketchum Lake Roesiger Lake Stickney Larch Way Lochsloy Machias Maltby Martha Lake May Creek Meadowdale Mill Creek East Monroe North North Lynnwood North Marysville North Sultan Northwest Stanwood Oso Perrinville Picnic Point Silvana Silver Firs Sisco Heights Startup Sunday Lake Swede Heaven Three Lakes Verlot Warm Beach Woods Creek Unincorporated communities Edit Florence Fortson Galena Getchell Hazel Reiter Robe Silverton Sisco Trafton Tulalip Indian ReservationSee also EditIsaac Cathcart National Register of Historic Places listings in Snohomish County Washington Robe Canyon Historic TrailReferences Edit a b Geography Profile Snohomish County Washington United States Census Bureau Retrieved September 23 2021 a b c d Riddle Margaret August 9 2006 Snohomish County Thumbnail History HistoryLink Retrieved March 15 2017 History of Snohomish County Snohomish County Retrieved May 23 2016 a b c Meany Edmond S April 1922 Origin of Washington Geographic Names The Washington Historical Quarterly University of Washington Press 13 2 279 JSTOR 40428381 OCLC 1963675 Retrieved February 18 2019 via HathiTrust Blake Warner March 10 2008 Snohomish Thumbnail History HistoryLink Retrieved February 18 2019 Riddle Margaret December 2 2010 Washington Territorial Legislature creates Snohomish County out of Island County on January 14 1861 HistoryLink Retrieved January 13 2017 Conover C T April 23 1953 Just Cogitating When Snohomish Was Without White Women The Seattle Times p 43 Humphrey Robert January 9 1992 When Everett stole the county courthouse The Seattle Times p F4 Retrieved January 13 2017 2010 Census Gazetteer Files United States Census Bureau August 22 2012 Retrieved July 16 2015 U S Decennial Census United States Census Bureau Retrieved January 7 2014 Historical Census Browser University of Virginia Library Retrieved January 7 2014 Population of Counties by Decennial Census 1900 to 1990 United States Census Bureau Retrieved January 7 2014 Census 2000 PHC T 4 Ranking Tables for Counties 1990 and 2000 PDF United States Census Bureau Retrieved January 7 2014 2020 Census Redistricting Data Public Law 94 171 Summary File Race United States Census Bureau Retrieved September 17 2021 a b c DP 1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics 2010 Demographic Profile Data United States Census Bureau Archived from the original on February 13 2020 Retrieved March 6 2016 Population Housing Units Area and Density 2010 County United States Census Bureau Archived from the original on February 13 2020 Retrieved March 6 2016 DP02 Selected Social Characteristics in the United States 2006 2010 American Community Survey 5 Year Estimates United States Census Bureau Archived from the original on February 13 2020 Retrieved March 6 2016 DP03 Selected Economic Characteristics 2006 2010 American Community Survey 5 Year Estimates United States Census Bureau Archived from the original on February 13 2020 Retrieved March 6 2016 U S Census website United States Census Bureau Retrieved May 14 2011 County faces stormy seas with new executive at the helm The Everett Herald Retrieved January 4 2016 a b c d Brooks Diane July 2 2000 Willis Tucker Obituary He led his county into new age with a smile Seattle Times Retrieved January 5 2011 Building renamed for Bob Drewel The Seattle Times November 7 2007 Stevick Eric 2008 Former County Executive Bob Drewel honored with building The Everett Herald Heffter Emily February 21 2013 Embattled Snohomish County executive stepping down Seattle Times Retrieved February 21 2013 Haglund Noah North Scott May 31 2013 Reardon s departure will bring changes for county leadership The Everett Herald Retrieved May 24 2016 Haglund Noah North Scott June 3 2013 Lovick replaces Reardon as county executive The Everett Herald Retrieved May 24 2016 County Council snohomishcountywa gov Retrieved January 12 2018 Leip David Dave Leip s Atlas of U S Presidential Elections uselectionatlas org Retrieved March 16 2018 Stephanson Ray April 4 2007 UW branch a sound option The Seattle Times uceverett org a b c d Media Snohomish County Retrieved May 24 2016 Community Transit Bus Plus Schedules amp Route Maps PDF March 2016 ed Community Transit March 27 2016 Archived from the original PDF on March 27 2016 Retrieved May 24 2016 Everett Station PDF Everett Transit Bus Schedule amp Service Guide Everett Transit February 21 2016 Retrieved May 24 2016 Regional Transit Map Book PDF Map Sound Transit February 2014 pp 5 7 Archived from the original PDF on September 4 2015 Retrieved May 24 2016 Ride the Wave Transit Guide PDF March Sept 2016 ed Sound Transit March 19 2016 pp 25 41 54 60 65 Archived from the original PDF on March 27 2016 Retrieved May 24 2016 Passenger Rail System Washington State PDF Map Washington State Department of Transportation January 2012 Retrieved May 24 2016 Travel Washington Statewide Intercity Bus Network PDF Map Washington State Department of Transportation 2010 Archived from the original PDF on February 1 2017 Retrieved May 24 2016 Swift Bus Rapid Transit Community Transit Archived from the original on October 3 2011 Retrieved May 24 2016 Second Line of Swift Community Transit Archived from the original on September 8 2015 Retrieved May 24 2016 Lynnwood Link Extension Sound Transit Retrieved May 24 2016 Haglund Noah March 24 2016 Transit ballot measure would extend rail to Everett in 2041 The Everett Herald Retrieved May 24 2016 Blethen Ryan March 4 2019 How the first day of commercial flights from Paine Field went The Seattle Times Retrieved March 8 2019 Airport amp Land Use Compatibility Project Snohomish County Planning and Development Services 2015 Retrieved February 18 2019 Martha Lake Airport Park Snohomish County Parks and Recreation Retrieved August 15 2015 Lee Jessica August 7 2017 What happens to drivers who cut lines at Washington State Ferry terminals The Seattle Times Retrieved February 18 2019 Further reading EditJonathan Stuart Burr Organized Labor s Influence on Local Elections A Case History of Snohomish County Washington Master s thesis Columbus State University 2005 An Illustrated History of Skagit and Snohomish Counties Washington Their People Their Commerce and Their Resources With an Outline of the Early History of the State of Washington Chicago Interstate Publishing Co 1906 Journal of Everett amp Snohomish County History Everett Public Library 1981 External links EditWikimedia Commons has media related to Snohomish County Washington Official Snohomish County website Snohomish County Tourism BureauArchives Edit University of Washington Libraries Digital Collections Lee Pickett Photographs Snohomish County Central Labor Council records 1915 1999 Approximately 25 cubic feet At the Labor Archives of Washington University of Washington Libraries Special Collections Coordinates 48 02 N 121 43 W 48 04 N 121 71 W 48 04 121 71 Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Snohomish County Washington amp oldid 1048773023, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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