Everett, Washington, is a waterfront city located 25 miles north of Seattle on Port Gardner Bay. It is the county seat of Snohomish County, and is known nationally for its Boeing manufacturing facility.
Everett's roots date to 1890, when a group of wealthy investors cleared land with the aim of forming an industrial boomtown. The early economy included a barge works, nail factory, paper mill, and smelter. Lumber and shingle-making were also important industries.
Between 1900 and 1910, Everett's population tripled to approximately 24,000 people, as immigrants from Canada, Germany, and Scandinavia arrived looking for jobs. Eventually, lumbering gave way to papermaking, which gave way to aerospace with the arrival of Boeing in the 1960s. Everett's past is still visible in many historic homes and buildings in the central business district.
Getting to Everett is easy, whether by rail, boat, or car.
Everett has shed its mill-town past and now has a substantial labor force, working primarily in the aerospace, technology, and service industries. Boeing's massive manufacturing complex on the south end of the city is home to several of the company's commercial jetliner programs.
Besides Boeing, other major employers in Everett include:
The Port of Everett is a natural, deep-water port that is composed of three shipping terminals, a marina, and industrial and commercial properties. In recent years, the Port has estimated that its maritime activity generates close to $100 million in annual revenue for local businesses. Forest and aerospace products make up a large portion of the cargo that is shipped through the port. The Port also owns Jetty Island, a man-made island with beaches that are popular with Everett residents.
Water surrounds much of Everett, and many of its residential districts are located near the bay or near one of the area's lakes and rivers. The city is divided into 19 distinct neighborhoods, each with its own unique character and history. Some of these neighborhoods include:
More than 40 city parks provide opportunities to get outside and hike, bike, fish, play golf, and picnic. Located in the historic downtown area, the 8,000-seat Everett Events Center opened in 2003, and hosts public ice skating, concerts, and performances. Boating and day trips to the Cascade and Olympic Mountains are other popular activities.
Everett is home to three professional sports teams. They are:
The Herald is Everett's daily newspaper. The city is part of the Seattle-Tacoma television market.
Major Seattle television stations are: