Meadowdale Dental Clinic Provides Dental Services to Lynnwood, WA and Surrounding Areas

Let’s get up and leave Seattle early. Beat the traffic up Interstate 5 as we head north out of the city. On your left is the Puget Sound, on your right the mountains. 16 miles out of the city we’ll run into Lynnwood, at the juncture of Interstate 405. If we didn’t stop we would be in Everett in another 14 miles. So Lynnwood is smack in the middle between these two magnificent cities. Let’s stop in, grab a coffee, and see what we can find out about this nice quiet town.


Today you’ll find just shy of 40,000 residents in Lynnwood. Most of them commute to the business centers in Seattle, Everett or Bellevue. It has a suburban feel and serves really as a bedroom community. But let’s not sell it short. It has some history and character. Only three miles from the Puget Sound, the area had its beginning with the Snohomish tribe of Native Americans. They liked to use the area for summertime activities which included hunting, fishing, berry gathering, and even root cultivation. The logging industry started in 1860 and American settlers started arriving in the 1880s. In 1889 the first land claim was filed by Duncan Hunter from Wisconsin. His 80 acre plot was later inherited by his son, Basil, who lived on the site until his death in 1982. Today that plot is now the city’s Pioneer Park. In the early 1900s the area was logged by private companies and mill operators and they left behind fields of tree stumps. In 1910 the Railroad made it to the area improving transportation and also bringing real estate speculators. In 1917, The Puget Mill Company, at that time the largest landowner in the area, started marketing 5 and 10 acre plots to urban dwellers to create small farms. They called the area Alderwood Manor. By 1922 the community had over 1,500 residents. In the 1930s the center of economic activity shifted west. The new area was called Lynnwood after a local realtor’s wife’s name. This was really driven by the introduction of Highway 99. In 1956 there was a first attempt for incorporation which did not pass. The area for the proposal was reduced and the measure was passed in 1959 with a population of 6,000 residents. In 1965 Interstate 5 came to town shifting the economic focal point yet again. The introduction of a huge mall, The Alderwood Mall, was opened in 1979 after sitting out a lot of the recession through the 1970s. This addition sparked a huge increase in retail activity as more businesses were added and opened. Through the 1980s the city saw the addition of office parks, more businesses and a surge in housing subdivisions. Today the data says that about only 12 percent of the residents work in town, 31 percent commute to Seattle, 9 percent to Everett, 6 percent to Bellevue and 4 percent to Edmonds. The Boeing assembly plants in Seattle and Everett are common destinations as is the Microsoft campus in Bellevue.


A quick 20 minutes up Interstate 5 puts you into the cool city of Everett. With a population of around 110,000 residents it sits right on the Puget Sound across from Whidbey Island. If you like planes, trains and automobiles you’ll like this city. Until Tesla built its plant in Nevada last year the largest building in the world was in Everett; that being the assembly plant for Boeing. The plant builds the 747, 767, 777 and the new 787. Boeing today is hands down the largest employer in the city. The second largest employer is the US Navy. In 1984 Everett was selected as the site of the US Navy Homeport, Naval Station Everett. Over the years it has been home to aircraft carriers USS Abraham Lincoln and the USS Nimitz. You’ll also see hundreds of international ships with several hundred thousand tons of cargo coming and going from the Port of Everett, a deep water port. The port provides trade and commercial opportunities. In addition to that is the public marina, the largest on the west coast. The marina boost over 2,000 slips for recreational boats and ships. The Waterfront area has also been developed into a community of maritime businesses, retail shops and condos. The first settlers to the area date back to 1861 with the first log cabin built. The actual town itself was planned in 1890 at the mouth of the Snohomish River. The railroad came to the area in 1893 providing transportation for the mining and lumber operations. Today the majority of Everett sits on the Port Gardner Peninsula. The city features over 40 parks and also a unique manmade island in the Sound right off the waterfront. Jetty Island is over 2.5 miles long and has no plumbing, electricity or structures. A ferry will take you there so you can see that it is home to over 45 different bird species and a terrific
place to watch both seals and gray whales.


Right across the mouth of the Shohomish River from Everett is the city of Marysville. Today with a population of over 67,000 residents it was founded as a trading post in 1872 and started growing with the introduction of the Great Northern Railway in 1891. Incorporated at that time as well Marysville historically has relied on lumber and, believe it or not, strawberries. The population growth came about in the 1970s and 1980s. In 2015 the city received grants and consultation from the Environmental Protection Agency and the smart growth program identifying strategies in the redevelopment of the downtown and the public waterfront areas.


18 miles south of Lynnwood on Interstate 405 you will come to Redmond. This city of over 62,000 residents has a history of both logging and fishing. With forests diminishing the ground gave way to farming and now Redmond is known as the home to Microsoft, which employees over 94,000 workers.


Only six miles southwest from Lynnwood and nine miles north of downtown Seattle, Shoreline is home to over 55,000 residents. Considered a suburb of Seattle Shoreline sits directly between the Puget Sound and Lake Washington.


With a population of over 43,000 residents Bothell sits 10 miles southeast of Lynnwood next to Lake Washington. Incorporated in 1909 on the Sammamish River, Bothell also started in logging and switched to farming in the early 1900s. Bothell also has a campus today for the University of Washington.


11 miles north of Seattle and only four miles west of Lynnwood, Edmonds sits on the banks of the Puget Sound. The better than 41,000 residents command beautiful views of the Sound, the Olympic Mountains and the Cascade Range.

Cottage Lake

Driving southeast of Lynnwood about 16 miles will put you in the center of Cottage Lake. With a population of around 23,000 it is due east of Lake Washington. It is a beautiful place for a quiet vacation and some superb trout fishing!

Capitol Hill, Seattle

Often confused with Capitol Hill in Washington DC, this neighborhood is densely populated in downtown Seattle. With a population of over 32,000 the area is known for its nightlife and entertainment districts.

Queen Anne, Seattle

This northwest Seattle suburb sits on the highest hill in the city. Home to over 28,000 residents, the area is considered affluent and has many old mansions. It also has 20 of the steepest streets in Seattle.

Ballard, Seattle

Ballard is another northwest suburb of Seattle with a population of over 16,000 residents. Only 11 miles south of Lynnwood, Ballard officially became part of Seattle in 1907 because the small town desperately needed safe drinking water.


This city of 22,000 residents on the northern shores of Lake Washington has the unique feature of having the nation’s largest seaplane-only, commercial air facility. Founded in 1901 it originally had a shingle making business. During the time of Prohibition Kenmore became known for fine dining and illegal drinking.

Mountlake Terrace

Just three miles south of Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace had a WWII airfield that was abandoned in 1949 and developed into residential housing. The area commands a view of both Lake Washington and Mount Rainer and the old runway looked like a “terrace”. Originally, back in 1900, the area had small ranchers raising poultry, mink and chinchilla.

Mill Creek

20 miles northeast of Seattle and only eight miles northeast of Lynnwood, Mill Creek was incorporated in 1983 and originally was a planned community around a golf course. Today the community has over 20,000 residents.


The meaning of the name of this community is “good camping ground”. With a population of over 22,000 Mukilteo is one of the most affluent suburbs of Seattle. Nine miles north of Lynnwood it is the site of the Washington State Ferrie’s terminal with links to Whidbey Island. In 2011 Mukilteo was ranked number 9 in Money magazine’s list of Top 100 small towns in America to live in. The first European settlers started the town in 1858 as a fishing village, trading post and a port of entry. The original lighthouse was built in 1906 and stands today.

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