Why Choose Snohomish County?
This overview of Snohomish County economy is meant to be a guide for Site Selectors. Its primary purpose is to support a comparative evaluation of our community as a location for new business ventures; the data also has value for those considering an expansion of operating business. If your business requires a deeper dive, please contact Economic Alliance Snohomish County for additional information.
Snohomish County Advantage
- Technical workforce – second in concentration of technology workers in Washington State
- Education resources – two research universities and two technical colleges, both offering curriculum supportive of manufacturing
- Snohomish STEM Network to raise technical training at the K-12 level
- Manufacturing Center – 20% of the workforce in manufacturing; highest in Washington State
- Significant aerospace and life science (medical device and biotech) clusters
- Lowest electricity costs in Nation
- Part of Seattle metropolitan division (MD)
- International community
- Two commercial airports – Seattle-Tacoma International and Paine Field
- Port of Everett deepwater port
- No corporate or personal income tax
- Equidistant from Europe and Asia
Snohomish County Overview
The Center of Innovation
Our diverse industrial base, technological talent, and strategic location positions Snohomish County at the center of innovation.
Global Center for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing
Snohomish County has been the home of Boeing’s Everett assembly plant since 1976; over 50 years. The 747, 767, KC-46A Tanker, 777 and 787 are all delivered from this site; the largest building in the world by volume. The recently completed $1 billion Composite Wing Center supports the new 777X , which is forecasted to add 8,000 jobs and bring new firms to a regional supply chain that already includes 600+ companies. This supply chain supports Boeing as well as Airbus, Bombardier, Comac, Embraer, Sukoi, and Mitsubishi. 46% of all aerospace workers in the State of Washington are employed in Snohomish County.
Designated by the State as the Center of its Medical Device Industry
Our medical device cluster includes two international leaders in ultrasound, Philips and Fijifilm Sonosite, who have headquarters and manufacturing here. On the biotech side, CMC Biologics, Seattle Genetics, and Juno Therapeutics each have a significant presence in Snohomish County. Providence Health and Services recently invested $500 million in a healthcare facility that participates in clinical trials for cancer, vascular, cardiac and orthopedic care.
Snohomish County Attracts Tech and Creative Companies
Fluke Corporation, and its Fortune 500 parent, Fortive, have their headquarters and operations here, as do Seattle Genetics (immunotherapies), Zumiez (retail/clothing), Premera Blue Cross (insurance), and Funko (toys). T-Mobile, Google and AT&T all have a significant presence throughout Snohomish County.