Quality Of Place

Valley ViewSnohomish (sno-HOH’-mish) County is located in northwest Washington State, twelve miles north of Seattle and 100 miles south of Vancouver, Canada. We are located between the sparkling waters of Puget Sound, (a saltwater estuary used for both recreation and commerce) and the snow-capped peaks of the Cascade Mountains. Your business can be located in a downtown urban setting, a suburban business park or in the open spaces of the countryside. We can meet the demand for urban, suburban or rural lifestyles. Everett, the county seat and largest city, has a population of 103,000. Stanwood, a small community with an agricultural history, has a population of 5,000.

Our quality of place is heavily influenced by spectacularly beautiful, natural scenery. We are a recreational mecca with a temperate climate that encourages year-round outdoor fun. For those with an inclination to water sports, we offer rivers for kayaking and rafting, lakes for boating and skiing, and inland waterways for scuba-diving or power/sailboat cruising. The Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges offer peaks to climb in the summer and ski in the winter. If you are looking for a weekend getaway, a three hour drive to the east side of the state takes you to a desert-like climate with fruit orchards, grape vineyards (and wineries) and fields of wheat.


These natural amenities are supplemented and enhanced by the urban offerings of a major metropolitan area. While the county population is 740,000, the population of the Greater Seattle region is 2,700,000. World-class theater, museums catering to many interests, music, arts, shopping and dining can be easily found. A need for sports is met by the Seahawks (NFL), Mariners (MLB), Storm (WNBA), Sounders (MLS), Everett Aquasox (MiLB), Everett Silvertips (WHL) and the University of Washington, Huskies. Recreation includes our connection to aerospace. The Museum of Flight presents the history of aircraft; the Future of Flight makes you think about where we are headed. The latter is also your jumping-off point for a tour of the Boeing Commercial Airplane assembly plant, the largest building in the world and the regions’ most frequented tourist destination. Visit the Flying Heritage Collection or Historic Flight to see fully-restored and functional World War II aircraft found nowhere else.We are an international community. The regions’ high-tech employers have attracted a workforce from counties around the world. Air carriers serving Seattle-Tacoma International Airport can take you non-stop to major cities in Europe and Asia.

Quality of Place is difficult to address simply with words. We encourage you to explore the following links, to complete the story: Snohomish County Tourism, Wild Sky Wilderness, Visit Seattle