The City of Everett, population 108,000, is the county seat of Snohomish County, Washington. Located about 25 miles north of Seattle, Everett is a Pacific-Rim city situated on Port Gardner Bay. Once a mill town built on wood-based industries, today's labor force of more than 80,000 is predominately employed in technology, aerospace and service-based industries. The city government operates with an elected mayor and a seven-member city council. Everett was home to the late U.S. Senator Henry M. Jackson.
The Everett School District and Mukilteo School District serve the city’s K-12 students. Everett Community College, Washington State University (North Puget Sound-Everett), the University of Washington and UW Bothell Branch Campus, Cascadia College, Edmonds Community College and ITT Technical Institute provide higher education in the area. University Center at Everett Station offers upper level classes from several state universities.
Interstate 5 is the major north/south highway access. The Everett marina is the largest public marina on the West Coast. Snohomish County Airport at Paine Field has the capacity for a large range of aircraft sizes and types. The Washington State Ferry System operates from Mukilteo, Edmonds and Seattle. Everett Transit, Community Transit and Sound Transit operate extensive bus routes. Amtrak and Burlington Northern provide rail service, and Sound Transit provides commuter light rail service to Edmonds and Seattle. Everett Station, a transportation center near downtown, offers local, cross-country and express buses as well as trains, shuttles, taxis and Park-and-Ride facilities. The Port of Everett Seaport is the fastest growing commercial export port on the west coast.
Residents and visitors enjoy more than 40 parks, trails, golf courses and open spaces. Summer and winter sports opportunities abound at nearby lakes, rivers and campgrounds, the Cascade and Olympic Mountains, Whidbey and San Juan Islands. Everett is home to the AquaSox baseball team, a Class A minor league team associated with the Seattle Mariners. The Everett Events Center, which seats 8,000, opened September 2003 and is home to the Everett Silvertips who are part of the Western Hockey League.