The Ultimate Guide to Living in Snohomish, WA
Snohomish, founded in the mid-1800’s, is one of the first cities inland from Puget Sound. It lies between the beautiful Cascade Mountains, world-famous Puget Sound, and the vibrant city life of Seattle. If you’re relocating to the area, Snohomish is an excellent option-—as are any of the cities in Snohomish county, for that matter. All provide excellent opportunity and their own unique characteristics.
We actually see a lot of people relocating from Seattle to Snohomish because of the availability of land and relaxing lifestyle that doesn't sacrifice opportunity.
We put together this guide so that you can learn all you need to know about Snohomish, Washington in order to make the best decision!
Snohomish City Schools, Economy, and Government
Community is a big deal for our clients who are considering living in Snohomish. Take a look at schools, demographics, and government.
Snohomish operates a mayor-council form of government. This means there's a mayor, who acts as the main political leader, and seven policy makers (from the council) who help guide his decisions and maintain checks and balances.
They are responsible for maintaining prime economic conditions, a strong community, commodities such as transportation, and more to make Snohomish a great place to live.
You can visit the Snohomish City website here for more information on city projects, events, announcements and information in general.
Snohomish School District is the predominant provider of K-12 education in the area. It’s boundaries contain about a dozen elementary and middle schools and two high schools–Glacier Peak, which was opened in 2008, and Snohomish High. Note that there are also a few parts of Snohomish that are served by Monroe school district, which attend Monroe High School.
There are also a handful of private schools in Snohomish, including Zion Lutheran School.
Economy and Demographics
As of the 2010 census, Snohomish had a population of 9,098–making it considerably smaller than surrounding schools and maintaining a small, tight-knit community vibe.
That isn’t to say there isn’t plenty of economic opportunity in Snohomish. The surrounding cities, combined with metropolitan Seattle, combine to form a thriving economy busting with career opportunities. As with surrounding cities, a majority of workers commute to opportunities outside of Snohomish to take advantage of tech, industrial, and other industry movements in mid-northern Seattle.
As for inside of the city, Snohomish is known as the antique capital of the northwest. People travel from near and far to visit Snohomish historic district, with multiple homes constructed in the 17th century that are still standing today.
One other cool fact - there’s an airport right here in Snohomish!
Attractions in Snohomish City
Entertainment is a must, so here’s a list of a few great things to do in Snohomish. You’ll also want to check out our other community pages, as their activities are also only a short drive away.
The Snohomish Aquatic Center - Lazy river, hot tub, paddleboarding, dive lessons… if it has to do with water and it’s fun, you’ll find it here.
Snohomish County Centennial Trail - A scenic bike trail that connects Lake Stevens, Arlington, and Snohomish City.
Historic Snohomish Downtown - Remember how we said Snohomish is the antique capital of the northwest? We weren’t kidding. Come check it out.
Spencer Island Park - An abundance of wildlife and historic bridge make this a great attraction for a sunny day.
Art of Snohomish Gallery - Beautiful pacific northwest art.
Bars and Restaurants in Snohomish
As with any Snohomish County town, there’s no shortage of great food and drinks. Here’s a few of our favorite bars and restaurants.
Andy’s Fish House - The type of seafood the Pacific Northwest is known for.
J and L BBQ - Southern Style BBQ.
Jakes Cafe on 2nd Street - Huge portions, great cafe vibes.
Collector’s Choice Restaurant & Lounge - Given Snohomish’s historical features, this is a great fit in the area.
Cunios - A quicker bite with great reviews.
Of course, more than anything, we’re more known for our fine craft here in the Pacific Northwest. Here are a few of our favorite bars and breweries.
Sound to Summit Brewing - Awesome environment, fun activities, and, above all, great brews.
Trails End Taphouse and Restaurant - Modern, American-style pub.
Fred’s Rivertown Alehouse - Homey, downtown pub feeling with great bar food.
Cost of Living in Snohomish
Wondering about the cost of living in Snohomish, Washington? Bestplaces has done some great research, compiling a ranking of living costs in Washington state. Here’s how Snohomish stacks up, on an index with 100 being the median cost of living across the entire USA.
Grocery - 107.9
Health - 129
Housing - 239
Utilities - 90
Transportation - 109
Miscellaneous - 105
While it may seem that the cost of living is a lot higher than the rest of the United States, you’ll notice that this is due to one main factor: real estate. This is a common theme when comparing the cost of living across other Washington state cities. The cost of living is slightly higher, but it’s mostly because of the cost of housing.
What does that mean? Well, you definitely don’t want to rent here. Buying will offer you a return on your investment, instead of throwing that money down the drain with rent each month. With the way house prices have been going up lately, you’re actually very likely to see a nice return on your house when you go to sell—especially if you can get a good deal on some Snohomish real estate!
Real Estate in Snohomish, WA
The most important decision you’ll make when moving to Snohomish or any of the other areas in Washington is the property you’ll buy. It’s a huge financial decision that will impact your life for years.
With that, we want you to find the perfect place! If you’re interested in living in Snohomish, Washington, then feel free to reach out to us.
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We hope this guide has been useful and feel free to reach out to us with any questions about Snohomish.
Listing information last updated on April 4, 2020 at 11:45 AM PST.