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Lynnwood is a city in Snohomish Countymarker, Washingtonmarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 33,847 at the 2000 census, making it the third largest in Snohomish County and twenty-fourth largest in Washington State. The city is an indefinable mix of urban, suburban, small city, crossroads and bedroom community to many professionals who work in Seattlemarker. Lynnwood is known to be the "hub city" of south Snohomish County because of all the retail shopping. Straddling the junction between Interstate 5 and the north end of Interstate 405 in Washington, it is the final tangle of population on the north end of "greater Seattle" before one continues on to other places: Everettmarker, Bellinghammarker, or Vancouver, BC. Its climate is wet and cool, wetter than that of Seattle. The center of the town at 44th Avenue West and 196th Southwest has the usual American panoply of small businesses, strip malls, and retail stores. Outside the commercial center of Lynnwood, to the east and north, lie Alderwood Mall, houses, and portions of the green belt.


Lynnwood was officially incorporated on April 23, 1959, from a larger unincorporated area called Alderwood Manormarker. The area was originally platted, developed, and sold as lots designed for raising chickens. Even today you can see many of the original 80 year old homes that were the chicken ranches, and old buildings.

The name "Lynnwood" comes from a developer from Seattlemarker who planned to build something at Highway 99 and Alderwood Road (now 196th ST SW). He named the building "Lynn" for his wife and "wood" for Alderwood. Many other stores around took the name Lynnwood and were known as the Lynnwood Business District. Some buildings still stand such as Lynnwood Center (home to Safeway) and the first to say "Lynnwood", The Lynnwood Lumber Company (now a pawn shop).

The initial center of the incorporated city was the intersection of State Route 99 (Highway 99) and State Route 524 (196th Street SW). When I-5 was built, the exit onto 44th Avenue West became the main Lynnwood exit. At that time, the city zoned the area East of 48th W, south of 194th SW, and west of the new freeway for commercial development, and the current city center area was born, with the construction of the Fred Meyer store, a new hotel called the Landmark (now La Quinta Inns & Suites) on 200th and 44th, and other commercial developments.

With the planned construction of I-405 bringing more people by the city, developers built the Alderwood Mall, effectively moving the main commercial area even farther east.

Today, Alderwood Mall continues to expand. New additions to it in 2005 included a Borders book and music store, a Pottery Barn, and a large Loews theatre.

The Lynnwood Convention Center opened in 2005 at 196th St. SW and 36th Ave. W. The convention center and Alderwood Mall create many tourists and business in Lynnwoodmarker.


Lynnwood is located at (47.827868, -122.305391).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.7 square miles (19.8 km2), of which, 7.6 square miles (19.8 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2) of it (0.26%) is water.

Natural features within Lynnwood include Scriber Lake, Hall Lake, and Swamp Creek.


Highway 99 and 196th ST SW, one of the busiest intersections in Lynnwood.
As of the census of 2000, there were 33,847 people, 13,328 households, and 8,330 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,431.2 people per square mile (1,710.5/km2). There were 13,808 housing units at an average density of 1,807.7/sq mi (697.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 74.27% White, 3.28% African American, 1.02% Native American, 13.87% Asian, 0.40% Pacific Islander, 2.80% from other races, and 4.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.96% of the population.

There were 13,328 households out of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.3% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.5% were non-families. 29.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.4% under the age of 18, 10.4% from 18 to 24, 32.1% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 95.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $42,814, and the median income for a family was $51,825. Males had a median income of $37,395 versus $30,070 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,971. About 6.2% of families and 9.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.8% of those under age 18 and 12.2% of those age 65 or over.


Snoqualmie Hall, a building shared by Edmonds Community College and Central Washington University, 2007

Food Service Management, Social Sciences, Information Technology and Administrative Management, Law and Justice, Mathematics: Teaching Secondary,Safety and Health Management as well as a master's degree in Professional Accountancy all located on the Edmonds Community College campus.

  • Edmonds Community College established in 1967 is a two-year public college with a campus in Lynnwood. It offers the first two years of a four-year degree, bachelor’s degree completion via local and online university partnerships, career-training degrees and certificates in business, technology or human services, as well as college credit in high school.

  • Middle Schools: Alderwood Middle School (AMS), Meadowdale Middle School (MMS), and College Place Middle School (CPM).

  • Elementary Schools: Beverly Elementary, Lynnwood Elementary, Oak Heights Elementary, Cedar Valley Community School, College Place Elementary, Seaview Elementary, Spruce Elementary, Meadowdale Elementary, Hilltop Elementary, Hazelwood Elementary, Martha Lake Elementary, and Lynndale Elementary.

  • K-12 Schools: Edmonds Homeschool Resource Center (located in Lynnwood).


Other than the Alderwood Mall and the City Center, there are few notable city landmarks.

The Pine Cone Cafe on 188th SW and Highway 99 was open for decades. It resembled greatly Beth's Cafe about fifteen miles (24 km) south on 99 in Seattle and was historically a big draw for Lynnwood's now long gone biker culture. The interior was like a rail car with tables on each side of a central aisle. In the rear were two very playable pinball machines. Many teenagers came to the restaurant just to play pinball during the mid-1970s. In more recent times the Pine Cone was very popular among counter-culture teenagers in general, and seniors as well. No longer a restaurant, it is currently a smoke shop named "Crown Smoke." Jimbos, a burger restaurant that closed down in 2006 due to excavation was a well known burger restaurant for families to go out and eat.

On 168th St. SW and Highway 99 lies Keeler's Corner, an old-fashioned gas station long out of service (not to be confused with Keeler's Corner Apartments, which is across the street). The Pantry Cafe on Lincoln and Highway 99 was burned down in 2004, but before the accident its legacy was certainly considerable. Most locals are familiar with the House of Clocks, an old-fashioned clock store, on 156th and Highway 99. A little farther south on Highway 99 was the Sno-King Drive-In which opened in 1946 and closed in 1986. Now a Value Village occupies the site of the former drive-in theatre. The local bowling and roller skating center, Lynnwood Bowl & Skate (formerly Lynnwood Lanes and Lynnwood Roll-A-Way), on 200th St. SW and Highway 99 opened for business in the 1950s and still operates today.


See Also: City of Lynnwood Parks & Recreation Homepage

Neighborhood parks

  • Daleway Park
  • Gold Park
  • Meadowdale Park
  • N. Lynnwood Neighborhood Park
  • Pioneer Park
  • Scriber Creek Park
  • South Lynnwood Park
  • Spruce Park

Community parks

A sign at Heritage Park tells you about the Interurban Trolley.
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  • Lynnwood Athletic Complex
  • Meadowdale Playfields
  • Scriber Lake Park
  • Wilcox Park, formerly Flag Park.

Mini parks

  • Veterans Park
  • Maple Mini Park
  • Mini Park at Sprague's Pond


  • Golf Course
  • Heritage Park, shows old buildings of the Lynnwood, Washington area formerly called Alderwood Manormarker.
  • Recreation Center
  • Senior Center


  • Golf Course Trail
Car 55 from the Interurban Trolley can be visited at Heritage Park.
  • Interurban Trail, former site of Interurban Trolley tracks between Seattlemarker and Everettmarker (c.1909 -1939).
  • Mesika Trail
  • Scriber Creek Trail

Open space

  • Lund's Gulch

Notable natives


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