Marysville, WA

Marysville, Washington
Nickname(s): The Strawberry City

Marysville in Washington State

Coordinates: 48°3′46″N 122°9′48″W / 48.06278°N 122.16333°W / 48.06278; -122.16333Coordinates: 48°3′46″N 122°9′48″W / 48.06278°N 122.16333°W / 48.06278; -122.16333

Country United States
State Washington
County Snohomish
Founded 1872
Incorporated March 20, 1891
 • Mayor Jon Nehring
 • Total
 • Land 20.68 sq mi (53.56 km2)
 • Water 0.26 sq mi (0.67 km2)
Elevation 20 ft (6 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 60,020
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 62,402
 • Density 2,902.3/sq mi (1,120.6/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 98270-98271
Area code 360
FIPS code 53-43955
GNIS feature ID 1512435[4]

Marysville is a city in Snohomish County, Washington, United States. The population was 60,020 at the 2010 census. Marysville is known as "The Strawberry City," as it was once surrounded by numerous strawberry farms in its earlier days. The landscape includes Mount Pilchuck, whose 5300-foot-high peak can be seen from various points in the city.

Since 2000, continuing large residential, commercial, and industrial growth, combined with annexations of territory and people, has transformed this city, increasing its population by about 140% over the 2000 total of slightly more than 25,000. Marysville ranks as the second-largest city in the county after Everett.[5]


Marysville's European-American settlement and history began with the signing of the Point Elliott Treaty in 1855 between the United States and the Tulalip people to establish a reservation for them and allow settlement of others on their former territory. After the treaty was signed, the local area had opened for settlement. The timber industry quickly moved in, staking several claims during the 1860s in the area that would become Marysville. The loggers and the nearby Tulalip reservation provided ample customers for trade, and in 1872 the federal government authorized a small trading post. James P. Comeford and his wife, Maria, moved to the area after he was appointed proprietor of the trading post by the government.

In 1874, Comeford paid $450 for logged timber claims consisting of 1,280 acres (5.2 km2) of land. Four years later, he built a new store with living quarters attached, and a small dock with a plank road called Front Street. Mrs. Comeford began teaching classes to local children and her husband ran the post office, both provided out of their home.

Little growth took place in Marysville until the mid-1880s. The first saw mill opened in 1887, followed by three additional mills over the next few years. The railroad was constructed to town in 1889, which was followed by more growth. It connected the timber industry and the area to other markets.

Marysville was officially incorporated on March 20, 1891. On December 30, 2009 it annexed property and population, becoming the second largest city in Snohomish County, with a total population of 60,020.

2008 Make-over

In 2008 mayor Dennis Kendall announced that the Marysville City Council had decided to redevelop Downtown to make it more attractive, support pedestrians, and attract new business.[6] The project will involve:

Later on, the city will redevelop the Marysville Mall. The Council intends to increase the appeal of Marysville to attract visitors and tourists. Also, the Marysville City Hall will be moved to a new civic campus, to be designed by Everett Community College students.


Marysville is located at 48°3′46″N 122°9′48″W / 48.06278°N 122.16333°W / 48.06278; -122.16333 (48.062743, −122.163332).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 20.94 square miles (54.23 km2), of which, 20.68 square miles (53.56 km2) is land and 0.26 square miles (0.67 km2) is water.[1] Nearby Mount Pilchuck dominates the horizon.

There are four neighborhoods within the city of Marysville: North Lakewood, Sunnyside/Whiskey Ridge (not to be confused with the actual city in Yakima County), Downtown Marysville, and North Marysville.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201262,4024.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
2012 Estimate[9]
The dramatic increase in population reflects annexations of territory and people since 2000.

2010 census

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 60,020 people, 21,219 households, and 15,370 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,902.3 inhabitants per square mile (1,120.6 /km2). There were 22,363 housing units at an average density of 1,081.4 per square mile (417.5 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 80.0% White, 1.9% African American, 1.9% Native American, 5.6% Asian, 0.6% Pacific Islander, 4.4% from other races, and 5.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.3% of the population.

There were 21,219 households of which 40.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 27.6% were non-families. 20.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.22.

The median age in the city was 34.2 years. 27.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.8% were from 25 to 44; 24.7% were from 45 to 64; and 9.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.4% male and 50.6% female.

2000 census

As of the 2000 census, there were 25,315 people, 9,400 households, and 6,608 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,640.1 people per square mile (1,019.2/km²). There were 9,730 housing units at an average density of 1,014.7 per square mile (391.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 88.21% White, 1.02% African American, 1.60% Native American, 3.82% Asian, 0.36% Pacific Islander, 1.89% from other races, and 3.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.83% of the population.

There were 9,400 households out of which 40.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.1% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.7% were non-families. 23.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the city the age distribution of the population shows 30.1% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 32.9% from 25 to 44, 17.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 95.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $47,088, and the median income for a family was $55,796. Males had a median income of $42,391 versus $30,185 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,414. About 3.7% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.0% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.


For much of its history, Marysville was a trading city of a rural area based on farming and lumber production. Other smaller industries contributed to a diverse economy and growth over the years. This economic diversity has buffered the city during times of economic crisis such as the Great Depression. Marysville did not suffer as much as those towns that were more dependent on the timber trade and mining, which both declined sharply in that period.[10]

Although farms still operate in the area around the city, the lumber industry has all but ceased and is no longer a major factor in the local economy. Since 1990, the city has developed a larger retail and service-based economy. It is closely intertwined economically with its neighbors throughout the Puget Sound area through large regional employers such as Boeing and Microsoft.

In 2011, the 364th Expeditionary Sustainment Command of the U.S. Army Reserve moved into a new facility in Marysville, from Fort Lawton, which was closed as a military facility in Seattle. Employment and demand associated with the naval station in nearby Everett and its support facilities also play an increasing role in the local economy.

Newer shopping places in the area include the Seattle Premium Outlets, located within Tulalip, on the west side of I-5. A new shopping center near there includes a Kohl's, Ross, and WinCo grocery store.

Arts and culture

Annual cultural events

Marysville holds an annual Strawberry Festival in the third week of June, which is highlighted by a grand parade. The first Strawberry Festival was held in 1932.

Summer Jubilee is an August event that offers free school supplies and haircuts for children in the community, typically drawing over 10,000 visitors to its Asbery Field location. Summer Jubilee is a ministry of several Christian churches within Marysville.


The Marysville Historical Society, a group devoted to preserving historic structures and collecting the history of the city, has bought land near Jennings Park for a planned museum of Marysville.


Marysville is served by the Sno-Isle Library system, a two-county system with a large branch in Marysville.

Parks and recreation

The City of Marysville has several historic parks and places. They include Comeford Park, Jennings Park, the Marysville Water Tower, the Gehl House, Ken Baxter Senior Center, and more. All are public and have free admission. .

Marysville had two 150,000-gallon water towers constructed in 1921, which served until the 1970s. Red beacons on their tops were used until the late 1940s to alert police when they needed to respond to an emergency. The only surviving tower is located in Comeford Park. The other tower was located on Second Avenue. It was demolished in 1987, along with many of Marysville's historical buildings, to make way for the Marysville Mall. This was built on six square blocks, replacing much of the original structures of downtown.

Comeford Park is in downtown next to the Ken Baxter Senior Center. In addition to the water tower, the center has a large gazebo donated by Marysville's Rotary Club. A children's playground is also located in the park.

Jennings Park is near Downtown and located off historic Armar Road. It is the site of the historic Gehl House, a small log cabin that has been restored and furnished to reflect life in 1884. The park features a children's area. A wide trail leads to another children's area and a pond for fishing.

The Ken Baxter Senior Center is in Downtown Marysville and located in historic Comeford Park. The building formerly was used as a city hall, police station, jail, fire station, and library before being adapted in 1997 as a senior center in 1997.


City Council

The Marysville City Council meets for work sessions the 1st and 3rd Mondays and the regular business meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. Each meeting starts at 7 pm in the City Hall and there are no meetings in August.


Since 1891, when Mark Swinnerton was elected, 32 mayors have served the city. Jon Nehring, a resident of Marysville for 17 years, was appointed by City Council in July 2010 to serve as mayor. He had previously served several years as mayor pro tem.[11] Each mayor may serve up to two 4-year terms.


The seal of Marysville consists of an outline of a house and Mount Pilchuck inside the words City of Marysville, Washington. The seal is displayed in the middle of the Marysville flag.


For most of its history, the city of Marysville had a single school district within its municipal boundaries. With annexations and population increases since 2000, the geographic territory of the city has increased substantially, and it has parts of four school districts within the city limits:

The latter two schools, both newly built of prefab modular units, share an 84,000-square foot campus with the 10th Street Middle School, also of new prefab construction. All opened in 2008, and look and feel like traditional construction. The high schools share a gym and commons center. Called the Marysville Secondary Campus, the site is owned by the district within the Tulalip Reservation. [13] In 2003 teachers in the district went on strike, which was the largest education strike in state history.


Marysville is served by two weekly newspapers, the Marysville Globe and the North County Outlook, which also serves Arlington, Tulalip, and Lakewood. Other newspapers that provide coverage of Marysville include the daily Everett Herald and the daily newspaper The Seattle Times.



Marysville is a city located along the Interstate 5 corridor. It has many state highways running through city limits and connecting the city to other areas. The state highways and Interstates near and in Marysville include:

  • Interstate 5
    • State Route 528
    • State Route 529
    • State Route 531
  • State Route 528)

Marysville also has one major non-state highway connector that runs through the city, State Avenue. The route from the interchange with Interstate 5 to the intersection with State Route 528 (Fourth Street) in Downtown is known as State Route 529. The route from Interstate 5 to 116th Street and then west on 116th Street to Interstate 5 formerly was known as Interstate 5 Business.

Several Community Transit routes connect the city to Seattle, the University of Washington, and more. Six major bus stops in Marysville are park and rides, park and pools, and flyer stops. Marysville has no Amtrak or passenger railroad connections. The nearest station is in Everett. The nearest municipal airport is Arlington Municipal.

The Centennial Trail is a biking/hiking trail nearby. Some proposals have been discussed for a trail in the East Marysville area.[14]


External links

  • Marysville Tulalip: The City and The Tribe
  • City of Marysville
  • Marysville Public Library (A branch of the Sno-Isle Libraries)
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