Edmonds is a city in
County, Washington, United
States. Edmonds has a view of Puget Sound and both the Olympic Mountains and Cascade
Range. The population was 39,515 at the 2000 census; according to 2006
estimates, Edmonds was the second most populous city in Snohomish
County, ranking only behind Everett.
Based on per capita income
one of the more reliable measures of affluence, Edmonds ranks 37th
of 522 areas in the state of Washington to be ranked.
Edmonds is a port in the Washington State Ferries
the only ferry from Edmonds is a run to Kingston,
Washington; in the past, there have been much longer routes
from Edmonds to Port Townsend, Washington.
Edmonds is the oldest incorporated city in Snohomish County. Logger
George Brackett founded Edmonds in 1890, naming the city either for
Vermont Sen. George Franklin
or in association with the nearby Point Edmund, named
by Charles Wilkes
in 1841 and later
changed to Point Edwards. Brackett came to the future site of
Edmonds while paddling a canoe north of Seattle, searching for
timber. When a gust of wind hit his canoe, Brackett beached in a
location later called "Brackett's Landing".
The town was named Edmonds in 1884, but was not incorporated until
1890 as an official “village fourth class” of Snohomish County. In
that same year, Brackett sold to the Minneapolis Realty and
Investment Company. The town was plotted and a wharf was added
along the waterfront. Modest houses and commercial structures
sprouted up with a row of shingle millsdominating the
In 1891, the Great
came through and early settlers and investors
grew hopeful that Edmonds would prosper. Unfortunately, the
Panic of 1893
setbacks and the town owners foreclosed. Brackett reclaimed his
town and along with other earlysettlers continued to develop its
infrastructure. By 1900 there was regular passenger ferry service available by the
steam-powered “mosquito fleet” of private ferryboats from Edmonds
Edmonds suffered major fires in 1909 and 1928, and many buildings
were lost. The first car arrived in Edmonds in 1911. As more roads
were established, Edmonds experienced steady growth along with
commercial and residential development.
The Edmonds South Snohomish Historical Society resides in the
city's only National Historic Place
- the old Carnegie Library of Edmonds. Located on 5th Ave, it was
built in 1900 to serve as a library and education building. It now
serves as the Edmonds Museum.
The Edmonds Fountain/Gazebo
The Edmonds fountain.
The Edmonds fountain, a local landmark, has been a source of major
local contention over the past decades. The current Edmonds
Fountain is located in the center of the roundabout at Main St. and
5th. Originally built as an obscure twisted statue over a fountain
in 1970, it was wrecked in 1998 by a drunk driver. The city council
and subsequent "Gazebo" subcommittee decided to rebuild. The gazebo
was rebuilt a year later, reinforced with stronger wood supports.
In 2005, a driver crashed into the gazebo at night. After a long
discussion over to rebuild or landscape the center of the
roundabout, a decision was made to rebuild the gazebo/fountain,
this time with steel rods extending from the main pillars deep
underground. It was completed in the summer of 2006.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 39,515
people, 16,904 households, and 10,818 families residing in the
city. The population density
4,437.6 people per square mile (1,714.3/km²). There were 17,508
housing units at an average density of 1,966.2/sq mi
(759.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.73% White
, 1.34% African American
, 0.26% Pacific Islander
, 1.26% from
, and 3.05%
from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 3.32% of the
There were 16,904 households out of which 26.1% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 52.0% were married couples
living together, 8.7% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 36.0% were non-families.
29.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.85.
In the city the population was spread out with 20.6% under the age
of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 28.3% from 45 to
64, and 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was
42 years. For every 100 females there were 89.8 males. For every
100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.3 males.
According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in
the city was $61,105, and the median income for a family was
$85,206. Males had a median income of $46,226 versus $33,863 for
females. The per capita income
the city was $39,792. About 2.6% of families and 4.6% of the
population were below the poverty line
including 3.9% of those under age 18 and 3.3% of those age 65 or
served in its entirety by the Edmonds School District, which also
serves Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Brier, and Woodway.
Within the city limits of Edmonds, there is
one high school
) and six
Edmonds, Seaview, Sherwood, Westgate, and Woodway). In addition,
Edmonds is served by two K-8
In 1990, Edmonds High School merged with Woodway High School to
form Edmonds-Woodway High School, which is currently one of only
eight schools in the state to host an IB Diploma Programme
The Edmonds Marina.
Edmonds hosts a variety of parks, including a dog park
, a small skate
, and the Edmonds
In addition, Edmonds has one of the largest marine facilities in
Snohomish County, the Port of Edmonds. The marina is partly
artificial, being dredged to a depth of , and can house 948 craft
(668 in the water, and 280 in dry storage).
In 2006, the Edmonds Center for the Arts was opened. This is one of
two current theaters available for general performing arts, the
other being the theater at Edmonds-Woodway High
Edmonds has one permanent, privately-funded drama group, The Driftwood Players
. Their theater,
the Wade James Theatre, is located at 950 Main St., adjacent to
Yost Park. Usually, they have 4-5 main performances per season,
supplemented with short, one night plays. They have been present in
the community since 1957.
Edmonds Arts Festival
The Otter Chimera
Since 1957, Edmonds has annually hosted the Edmonds Arts Festival,
a three-day art exhibit, on Father's
weekend. The festival is especially noted for painting and
drawing. The festival is heavily involved with local schools,
devoting several galleries to student artwork.
Edmonds Jazz Connection
the Edmonds Rotary sponsors the Edmonds Jazz Connection festival, on
Memorial Day Weekend in May.
During the day, the festival showcases the best of school-age and
high school jazz groups, and the evening show features prominent,
professional jazz musicians. The event is a large draw for both
local and regional audiences.
Frances Anderson Center
The Frances Anderson Center, located on Main Street, serves as a
central hub for many activities in the city. It contains sports
facilities, child-care programs, art classes, and is directly
adjacent to the Edmonds Library. The Edmonds Arts Festival is also
held at the Frances Anderson Center.
The Edmonds community is home to two weekly news publications. The
and the Edmonds Beacon.
opinion pages of these two newspapers have had major influence on
city council decisions, building code enforcement, dog park rule
enforcement and local elections. The mayor writes a column each
week in both papers, usually responding to current issues, citizen
concerns, and planned city projects. An archive of all articles
written by the mayor is found on the city website.
The Edmonds Farmer's Market is held each Saturday, from May to
September. Stretching from City Hall to the downtown area near the
gazebo, the Farmer's Market is a large event attracting up to 2,000
people every Saturday. Mainstays of the market include cut flower
stands, produce, handmade crafts and occasionally art.
- Steven W. Bailey, actor
- David Bazan, musician
- Maria Cantwell, U.S. Senator
- Anna Faris, actress
- Bridget Hanley, actress
- Todd Linden, baseball player in the
- Rick Steves, the well-known travel
- Rosalynn Sumners, Olympic
figure skating medalist
- Martell Webster, guard for the
Portland Trail Blazers, as of
Edmonds has one sister city
Edmonds is a minor rail and ferry hub.
- It has
an Amtrak station, served by Amtrak
Cascades and Empire Builder
Trains, to Vancouver,
British Columbia, Eugene, Oregon, and Chicago, Illinois.
- It is
served by Sounder Commuter
Rail to Seattle,
Washington on weekdays.
- It is
the terminus of the Edmonds-Kingston Ferry across
transit service is provided by Community Transit, providing connections
to locations in both Snohomish
County and King County, Washington.
- Ferry service returns to Port Townsend after a 40-year
absence on February 21, 1979
- Seattle PI (2007) Retrieved February 13, 2007.
- George Brackett, HistoryLink
- Historic Site - old Carnegie Library(2007). Retrieved December 7, 2007.
- KOMO TV (2007).  Retrieved February 13, 2007.
- Edmonds School District
- Edmonds School District
- ED.GOV Archives
- Edmonds Center for the Arts (2007)  Retrieved February 13, 2007.
- Driftwood Players History (2007).  Retrieved February 13, 2007.
- Student Art Exhibit Awards
- Edmonds Sister City Commission