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Marysville, Washington
—  City  —


Nickname(s): The Strawberry City
Marysville in Washington State
Coordinates: 48°3′46″N 122°9′48″W / 48.06278°N 122.16333°W / 48.06278; -122.16333
Country United States
State Washington
County Snohomish
Founded 1872
Incorporated March 20, 1891
 - Mayor Dennis Kendall
 - Total 9.8 sq mi (25.3 km2)
 - Land 9.6 sq mi (24.8 km2)
 - Water 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)
Elevation 20 ft (6 m)
Population (July 1, 2008)
 - Total 34,482
 - Density 2,639.7/sq mi (1,019.2/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 98270-98271
Area code(s) 360
FIPS code 53-43955[1]
GNIS feature ID 1512435[2]

Marysville is a city in Snohomish County, Washington, United States. The population was 25,315 at the 2000 census. Marysville is known as "The Strawberry City" due to the large number of strawberry farms that once surrounded the city in its earlier days. Over the past decade, and continuing today, large residential, commercial, and industrial growth has transformed this city. With an estimated population of 37,530, Marysville ranks as the third largest city in the county after Everett (103,500) and Edmonds (40,900) [official Washington State OFM numbers].



Marysville's history begins with the signing of the Point Elliott Treaty in 1855. After the treaty was signed, the local area had opened for settlement and the timber industry quickly took hold, with several claims being staked during the 1860s in the area that would become Marysville. The loggers and the nearby Tulalip reservation provided ample opportunities for trade, and in 1872 a small government trading post was established. James P. Comeford and his wife, Maria, moved to the area after he was appointed proprietor of the trading post by the federal government.

Comeford Park in Marysville, named for James and Maria Comeford.

In 1874, Comeford paid $450 for logged timber claims consisting of 1,280 acres (5.2 km2) of land. Four years later, they built a new store with living quarters attached and a small dock with a plank road called Front Street. Mrs. Comeford began teaching classes to local children and Mr. Comeford ran the post office, both of these provided out of their home.

Little growth took place in Marysville until the mid-1880s. The first saw mill opened in 1887, followed by three additional mills over the next few years. The railroad came to town in 1889, which was followed by more growth.

Marysville was officially incorporated on March 20, 1891 and its December 30th, 2009 annexation will make Marysville the second largest city in Snohomish County - with a total population of 57,000.


2008 Make-over

In his 2008 State of the City Address, mayor Dennis Kendall announced that the Marysville City Council has decided to re-make over Downtown.[3] The project will involve:

Later on, the city will redevelop the Marysville Mall. The Council is doing this to make Marysville look utopian compared to other areas. This probably will attract visitors and tourists.

Also, the Marysville City Hall will be moved to a new civics campus that will be designed by Everett Community College students.


Marysville is located at 48°3′46″N 122°9′48″W / 48.06278°N 122.16333°W / 48.06278; -122.16333 (48.062743, -122.163332).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.8 square miles (25.3 km²), of which, 9.6 square miles (24.8 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (1.94%) is water.

There are 4 neighborhoods within the city of Marysville. They are North Lakewood, Sunnyside/Whiskey Ridge (not to be confused with the actual city in Yakima County), Downtown Marysville, and North Marysville.


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1900 728
1910 1,239 70.2%
1920 1,244 0.4%
1930 1,354 8.8%
1940 1,748 29.1%
1950 2,259 29.2%
1960 3,117 38.0%
1970 4,343 39.3%
1980 5,544 27.7%
1990 10,328 86.3%
2000 25,315 145.1%
Est. 2008 34,482 36.2%

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 25,315 people, 9,400 households, and 6,608 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,640.1 people per square mile (1,019.2/km²). There were 9,730 housing units at an average density of 1,014.7/sq mi (391.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 88.21% White, 1.02% African American, 1.60% Native American, 3.82% Asian, 0.36% Pacific Islander, 1.89% from other races, and 3.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.83% of the population.

There were 9,400 households out of which 40.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.1% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.7% were non-families. 23.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the city the population was spread out with 30.1% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 32.9% from 25 to 44, 17.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 95.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $47,088, and the median income for a family was $55,796. Males had a median income of $42,391 versus $30,185 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,414. About 3.7% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.0% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.


The Fred Meyer along State Avenue (old U.S. Route 99) is an example to the retail in Marysville's economy.

For much of its existence, Marysville was a rural area known for farming and for lumber production, although other, smaller industries existed, providing a diverse economy that has played an important role in Marysville's growth over the years. This economic diversity has also been a major factor during times of economic crisis such as the Great Depression, when Marysville's economy did not suffer to the same extent as other towns in the area, which had largely been dependent on the timber trade and mining[5].

Although farms still operate in the area around the city, the lumber industry has all but ceased and is no longer a major factor in the local economy. The community has largely transitioned over the past two decades into a city with a large retail and service-based economy, and is closely intertwined economically with its neighbors throughout the Puget Sound area through large regional employers such as Boeing and Microsoft. The naval station in nearby Everett and its support facilities also play an increasing role in the local economy.

Newer shopping places in the area include the Seattle Premium Outlets, located with in the City of Tulalip, on the west side of I-5. A new shopping center is near there including a Kohl's and Ross. There is also a WinCo grocery store in that shopping center.

Arts and culture

Annual cultural events

Marysville holds an annual Strawberry Festival in the Third week of June, which is highlighted by a grand parade. The first Strawberry Festival was held in 1932.

Summer Jubilee is an August event that offers free school supplies and haircuts for children in the community, typically drawing over 10,000 visitors to its Asbery Field location. Summer Jubilee is a ministry of several Christian churches within Marysville.


The Marysville Historical Society, a group devoted to saving the history of Marysville, has bought some land off of historic Armar Road near Jennings Park that will become the official museum of Marysville.


Marysville is served by the Sno-Isle Library system, a 2-county system w/ a large branch in Marysville.

Parks and recreation

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Marysville water tower

The City of Marysville has several historic parks and places. They include Comeford Park, Jennings Park, the Marysville Water Tower, the Ghel House, Ken Baxter Senior Center, and more. Each are public and do not require a fee to get into.

Comeford Park is a park in Downtown Marysville next to the Ken Baxter Senior Center. It houses the Marysville Water Tower and a large gondola in the middle of the park that was donated by Marysville's Rotary Club. The park also has a children's playground.

Jennings Park is a park near Downtown Marysville that is located off of historic Armar Road. The park holds the historic Ghel House, a small log cabin that has been remodeled to look like what life would have been in 1884. The park features a children's area and a large trail that leads to another children's area and a pond for fishing.

The Ken Baxter Senior Center is a senior center in Downtown Marysville located in historic Comeford Park. The senior centre served formerly as a city hall, police station, jail, fire station, and library before becoming a senior center in 1997.


City Council

The Marysville City Council meets for work sessions the 1st and 3rd Mondays and the regular business meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. Each meeting starts at 7 pm in the City Hall and there are no meetings in August.


Totem Middle School (formerly Marysville Junior High School) in Marysville. Mount Pilchuck can be seen in the background.

For most of its history, the city of Marysville had a single school district within its municipal boundaries, the Marysville School District. However, over the past decade the geographic territory of the city has increased substantially due to annexations. As a result, parts of four school districts are contained within the city limits:

The school district is host to the following high schools: Marysville Pilchuck High School, Heritage High School, Marysville Alternative High School, and Marysville Arts and Technology High School (which shares a site with Heritage High School and the 10th Street Middle School).[6] Another high school, Getchell High School, is expected to open in 2010 or 2011[7]. Marysville Pilchuck High School (MPHS) has the second largest campus in the state and the highest number of students in any high school in Washington. Heritage High School is located on the Tulalip Reservation and has mainly Native American students. The district is also known for its 2003 teachers' strike, which is still the largest education strike in state history.


Marysville is served by a weekly newspaper, the Marysville Globe. Other newspapers that provide coverage of Marysville include the daily Everett Herald and the daily newspaper The Seattle Times.



Marysville is a city located along the Interstate 5 corridor. It has many state highways running through city limits and connecting the city to other areas. The state highways and Interstates near and in Marysville include:

Marysville also has one major non-state highway connector that runs through the city and it is State Avenue. The route from the interchange with Interstate 5 to the intersection with State Route 528 (Fourth Street) in Downtown is known as State Route 529. The route from Interstate 5 to 116th Street and then west on 116th Street to Interstate 5 formerly was known as Interstate 5 Business.

Marysville is connected by several Community Transit routes that connect the city to Seattle, the University of Washington, and more. There are 6 major bus stops in Marysville that are park and rides, park and pools, and flyer stops. There is no Amtrak or railroad connections to Marysville. The nearest station is Everett Station located in Everett. There are no airports in Marysville city limits. The nearest municipal airport is Arlington Municipal.

There is one official biking/hiking trail near Marysville and it is the Centennial Trail. There have been some proposals for a trail in the East Marysville.[8]


There have been a total of 31 mayors since 1891, when Mark Swinnerton was elected to 2003, when Dennis Kendall was elected.[9] Each mayor serves 2 terms of 4 years, just like the President of the United States.


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