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City Data for Arlington, Washington

Arlington is a city in northern Snohomish County, Washington, United States, bordered by the city of Marysville to the south. The population was 11,713 at the 2000 census. The city owns the Arlington Municipal Airport, located three miles (5 km) southwest of Arlington, which is home to the annual Northwest EAA Fly-In. The city is also home to the Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Museum. Its few industrial and manufacturing businesses are dispersed throughout portions of the city.


Arlington was platted in 1890, and was named after Lord Bo Brummel, a member of Charles II of England's cabinet. Arlington was incorporated as a city in 1903.


Arlington is located at (48. 181101, -122. 138955).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7. 6 mi² (19. 6 km²), all land.

Arlington is situated in the Stillaguamish Valley, at the junction of the North and South Forks of the Stillaguamish River, at the base of the Cascade Range. Arlington is accessible via Interstate 5, Washington State Route 530 from Darrington, and Washington State Route 9.

Government and politics

Mayors of Arlington:

  • 1903: J. M. Smith
  • 1905: Neil Brown
  • 1906: Will H. Verd
  • 1908: Peter Larsen
  • 1910: George Kunze
  • 1912: W. H. Ford
  • 1914: George Kunze
  • 1916: H. W. Sessoms
  • 1918: J. H. Persun
  • 1920: Chas J. Warren
  • 1922: O. G. Kesling
  • 1924: Will H. Verd
  • 1926: R. W. Shaw
  • 1928: Harold M. Murphy
  • 1930: M. Hiram Amsberry
  • 1934: Henry Backstrom
  • 1938: H. Hiram Amsberry
  • 1942: Ernest Meier
  • 1948: Walter Bracy
  • 1949: Bob Marley
  • 1956: J. Boyd Ellis
  • 1960: Woodrow Willey
  • 1962: H. James Cann
  • 1972: H. A. Christensen
  • 1980: John Larson
  • 1990: Robert Kraski
  • 2004: Margaret Larson
  • 2010: Herby Hancock
  • Demographics

    As of the census of 2000, there were 11,713 people, 4,281 households, and 3,095 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,548. 4 people per square mile (598. 2/km²). There were 4,516 housing units at an average density of 597. 0/sq mi (230. 6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90. 01% White, 1. 13% African American, 1. 04% Native American, 2. 20% Asian, 0. 32% Pacific Islander, 2. 47% from other races, and 2. 83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5. 83% of the population.

    There were 4,281 households out of which 42. 6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56. 7% were married couples living together, 11. 5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27. 7% were non-families. 22. 7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9. 3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2. 72 and the average family size was 3. 19.

    In the city the population was spread out with 31. 5% under the age of 18, 8. 0% from 18 to 24, 32. 6% from 25 to 44, 18. 4% from 45 to 64, and 9. 6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 93. 3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91. 2 males.

    The median income for a household in the city was $46,302, and the median income for a family was $51,941. Males had a median income of $41,517 versus $26,912 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,146. About 5. 8% of families and 7. 2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9. 2% of those under the age of 18 and 10. 4% of those age 65 and older.



    From its founding, Arlington was dependent on timber harvesting and timber products. It was once dubbed the "Shingle Capital of the World" owing to the shingle mills, sawmills, and logging camps in the vicinity.


    Historically, Arlington was a railroad town with several different rail connections. It was located on the Northern Pacific(NP) mainline that stretched from the Canadian border through Sedro-Woolley to Snohomish. Arlington also had a branch line running east to Darrington that primarily carried timber products. Both of these lines were abandoned by NP's successor Burlington Northern in the 1980s due to declining industry. While it is not as rail dependent as it once was, Arlington still maintains a rail connection with BNSF Railways via a spur line. Remnants of Arlington's railroad history can still be seen with the various trestles and signal equipment still in place. Snohomish County is in the process of converting the abandoned rail right of way in to bike/hike trails.


  • Arlington Cooperative Association
  • Pioneer Creamery, 1901
  • Arlington Condensery, 1920
  • Snohomish County Dairy Association
  • Darigold
  • Aviation

  • Arlington Municipal Airport
  • Boeing
  • Everette Airport Academy
  • Notable aviation accidents

  • On October 19, 1959 a Boeing 707-227 registration number N7071 crashed on a Stillaguamish Riverbed northeast of town. It was the first of five Boeing 707's destined for delivery to Braniff International Airways. A Boeing test pilot and Braniff Captain were killed in an emergency landing after three of the aircrafts four engines were torn off during a training maneuver. The GPS coordinates of the aircrafts final resting point are 48 degrees 16. 19 North, and 121 degrees 56. 91 West.
  • Medical

  • Cascade Valley Hospital
  • Providence Everett Medical Center
  • Skagit Valley Hospital
  • Districts and neighborhoods

    Smokey Point

    Smokey Point is a bustling residential, commercial, and industrial community. The northeast portion of this community was annexed by Arlington in 1999.


    The largest planned development in Arlington, Gleneagle is a 1,037-unit neighborhood and HOA built in and around the Gleneagle Golf Course. Consisting of single-family homes and townhouses, Gleneagle was primarily built up from 1987 through 2002 and houses approximately 30% of Arlington's population.

    High Clover Park

    High Clover Park is a planned neighborhood and development, consisting of 162 single family homes. It is situated northwest of the Arlington Municipal Airport.

    Arlington Heights

    Arlington Heights is a residential area situated east of Arlington on the triangular raised plateau bordered on the east by the Cascade Mountains, on the northwest by the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River, and on the southwest by the South Fork of the Stillaguamish River. In the Cascade foothills east of Arlington Heights is the Jim Creek Naval Radio Station, a very low frequency radio array for communication with submarines. It is largely decommissioned but still in use as a recreation facility by Navy personnel and families. Arlington Heights is outside the municipal boundaries of Arlington, but its residents have Arlington postal addresses and their children attend Arlington schools. Some areas in Arlington Heights have excellent views of Whitehorse and Three Fingers Mountains.

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    This city information was provided courtesy of Wikipedia