Situated in Skagit County, Mount Vernon, Washington, is estimated to have a population of nearly 30,000. It is the county seat for Skagit County and has a total area of almost 30 square miles.
Mount Vernon is known as tulip country and hosts an annual Tulip Festival. Many of the tulip bulbs grown in Mount Vernon are actually shipped to the Netherlands and then sold as Holland tulips. In addition to sharing tulips, the climate is also very similar to that of the far-away country: the temperature is mild during the summer, around 60 degrees, and cooler during the winter, with an average temperature approaching 40 degrees.
One of the most prominent areas in Mount Vernon is the downtown area, which is home to approximately 250 businesses, services, retail stores, and the historic Lincoln Theatre. Downtown is also the site of many of Mount Vernon's events and festivals, including the annual Tulip Festival Street Fair each April.
There are also a number of popular neighborhoods in the city:
In general, the city is very ethnically diverse. Nearly 20 percent of Mount Vernon's residents were born outside of the United States. While the most common language spoken in the city is English, many of the residents also speak Spanish.
Mount Vernon is known for its excellent school system, which was recently expanded to include a new middle school and a new elementary school, for a total of 14 public schools. There are more than 6,000 students in the district taught by more than 300 teachers, creating a student-to-teacher ratio of 20-to-1. The district's Mount Vernon High School is known for its high school boys basketball team, which has had one of the highest winning percentages of any boy's high school basketball team in the state of Washington in the last 20 years.
There are also five private schools in Mount Vernon, which teach just under 800 students. Almost 40 teachers are employed at the private schools, creating a student-to-teacher ratio the same as that of the public schools: 20-to-1.
When it comes to a higher education, Mount Vernon has a few notable choices:
Mount Vernon is home to more than 4,000 employers, offering approximately 50,000 jobs. Nearly 80 percent of residents work in the private sector for companies such as Kohl's, Medical Connections, Critical Connection and Skagit County Community Action Agency. Another 13 percent of Mount Vernon's workers are employed by the government, and 5 percent are self-employed.
Some of the most common careers in Mount Vernon include office jobs, management and professional occupations, and production and transportation positions. The most commonly needed occupations in the city include physical therapists, phlebotomists, physical therapists and occupational therapists.
There are a number of activities and events available to local residents and visitors: