Lake Stevens, Washington

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Lake Stevens
Northeast shore of lake on which the city is located
Northeast shore of lake on which the city is located
"One community, around the lake"
Location of Lake Stevens, Washington
Location of Lake Stevens, Washington
Coordinates: 48°1′11″N 122°3′58″W / 48.01972°N 122.06611°W / 48.01972; -122.06611Coordinates: 48°1′11″N 122°3′58″W / 48.01972°N 122.06611°W / 48.01972; -122.06611
CountryUnited States
 • Total9.00 sq mi (23.32 km2)
 • Land8.87 sq mi (22.97 km2)
 • Water0.14 sq mi (0.35 km2)
217 ft (66 m)
 • Total28,069
 • Estimate 
 • Density3,697.42/sq mi (1,427.59/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code425
FIPS code53-37900
GNIS feature ID1512695[4]

Lake Stevens is a city in Snohomish County, Washington, United States, and is named for the lake that it surrounds. It is located 8 miles (13 km) east of Everett and borders to the cities of Marysville to the northwest and Snohomish to the south. The city's population was 28,069 at the 2010 census, but has since grown to an estimated 32,000. Lake Stevens was originally centered at the northeast corner of the lake, but has since annexed the areas around the lake, which developed into a suburban commuter town in the late 20th century.


Lake Stevens was named for territorial governor Isaac Stevens in 1855 and first settled by Americans in 1886, on a 160-acre (0.65 km2) homestead along the east shore. By 1890 the first town in the area, "Ferry", had been established. Its name was later changed to "Hartford", and it served as the main link from the famed Monte Cristo timber and mining resources to the world.

In 1905 a railroad spur was built by the Rucker Brothers Timber Company, linking Hartford with Lake Stevens. Two years later Rucker Mill was opened, located along and in the north cove of the lake (original pilings can still be seen in the old lake outflow area just south of the boat launch). In 1919, the mill, which became known as the "world's largest sawmill", burned and was partially rebuilt. When it burned a second time in 1925 the mill was dismantled and Lake Stevens lost the very industry which caused its founding.[5] However, by then a flourishing town was established and continued under its own momentum.

From the 1920s to the 1950s Lake Stevens was primarily a resort community, with many public and private resort beaches scattered around the shore. On November 29, 1960, Lake Stevens incorporated as a City with a population of 900. Soon, its popularity and natural beauty, combined with changing commuter habits, attracted more and more residents, changing its character to that of a suburban community. By 2000 the City had grown to a population of 6,361 in approximately 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2). The lake remains the focal point of the greater Lake Stevens community.


Since 2005, the population of the City of Lake Stevens has nearly quadrupled from 7,400 to 28,069 currently. This has been primarily due to an effort called "One Community Around the Lake" to bring the unincorporated areas within the Urban Growth Area into the city limits, including Northlake in January 2006, Frontier Village in December 2006, Sopher Hill in May 2007, and Southwest Lake Stevens in December 2009.[6]


Lake Stevens is located at 48°1′11″N 122°3′58″W / 48.01972°N 122.06611°W / 48.01972; -122.06611 (48.019782, -122.066089).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.90 square miles (23.05 km2), of which, 8.88 square miles (23.00 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.[8]

The city has two major commercial centers: downtown and Frontier Village. Downtown Lake Stevens is located on the northeastern arm of the lake and has been undergoing redevelopment since the 1990s.[9] Frontier Village is located west of the lake at the intersection of State Route 9 and State Route 204 and is a traditional suburban shopping center with strip malls and big box stores.[10]

The lake itself is the largest and deepest lake in Snohomish County, with an area of 1,040 acres (4.2 km2) and an average depth of 64 feet (20 m).[11] It is fed by Lundeen, Mitchell (Kokanee), and Stitch Creeks and drained by Catherine Creek, which ultimately flows to the Pilchuck River.[12] The small size of the surrounding watershed compared to the lake minimizes the effects of upstream pollution. This combined with an artificial aeration system allows for a generally good water quality.[11] Much of the shoreline is heavily developed, so few wetlands exist adjacent to the lake. Recreational activities include boating, fishing, and swimming.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201833,378[3]18.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[13]
2018 Estimate[14]

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 census, there were 28,069 people, 9,810 households, and 7,250 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,160.9 inhabitants per square mile (1,220.4/km2). There were 10,414 housing units at an average density of 1,172.7 per square mile (452.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 85.1% White, 1.7% African American, 0.9% Native American, 3.6% Asian, 0.4% Pacific Islander, 3.2% from other races, and 5.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.6% of the population.[2]

There were 9,810 households of which 45.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 26.1% were non-families. 19.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.86 and the average family size was 3.26.

The median age in the city was 32.5 years. 29.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 32.2% were from 25 to 44; 23% were from 45 to 64; and 6.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.9% male and 50.1% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census of 2000, there were 6,361 people, 2,139 households, and 1,683 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,951.8 people per square mile (1,142.3/km²). There were 2,234 housing units at an average density of 1,036.7 per square mile (401.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.31% White, 0.60% African American, 0.91% Native American, 1.10% Asian, 0.31% Pacific Islander, 0.90% from other races, and 3.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.55% of the population.

There were 2,139 households out of which 49.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.5% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.3% were non-families. 15.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.96 and the average family size was 3.30.

In the city, the age distribution of the population shows 33.9% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 36.3% from 25 to 44, 17.6% from 45 to 64, and 5.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 101.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $65,231, and the median income for a family was $68,250. Males had a median income of $51,536 versus $30,239 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,943. About 3.8% of families and 4.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.9% of those under age 18 and 9.0% of those age 65 or over.

Government and politics[edit]

The city government operates under the mayor–council system. The mayor serves as the executive of the city, while the council serves as the legislative body of the city. Voters elect a mayor and seven people to serve on the council, each to four-year terms; all positions are non-partisan and elections are held in staggered cycles on odd years. The government also has several non-elected positions, including the city administrator, city clerk, police chief, planning director, public works director, and community programs planner.

The city has several boards and commissions whose role is to advise the council on a variety of specific issues; they are composed of volunteer community members and property owners and are appointed by the mayor with approval of the city council. These boards and commissions include those for the arts, civil service, the library board, the parks board, the planning commission (which also conducts design review), and the zoning board (made up of city councilmembers).[15]


Parks and recreation[edit]

Highlighted by the lake itself, Greater Lake Stevens is home to numerous parks, trails, and ballfields, including:

Cascade mountains seen from Wyatt Park
  • Bond Field
  • Bonneville Field
  • Catherine Creek Park
  • Cavalero Park (off-leash dog park)
  • Centennial Trail
  • City Beach
  • City Boat Launch
  • Eagle Ridge Park
  • Hartford Field
  • Kid's Oasis Playground
  • Lake Stevens Community Park
  • Lochsloy Fields
  • Lundeen Park
  • North Cove Park
  • Sunset Park
  • Wyatt Park (Davies Beach)
  • Lake Stevens disc golf course[16]

Notable people[edit]


The Lake Stevens School District operates a system of public schools within the city and surrounding areas, including a portion of Marysville.[20] The school district had an enrollment of approximately 8,838 students in 2016, with 436 total teachers and 239 other staff.[21] It has one high school, Lake Stevens High School, which opened at its current campus in 1979[citation needed] and is undergoing a major renovation that is scheduled to be completed in 2020.[22] The school district also has one mid-high school for grades 8–9, two middle schools, and seven elementary schools. In 2018, the newest elementary school, Stevens Creek, opened alongside an adjacent early learning center.[23]



Three state highways pass through portions of Lake Stevens and connect the city to other areas: State Route 9, running north–south through the west of the city and continuing to Snohomish and Arlington; State Route 92, which travels northeast to Granite Falls; and State Route 204, which connects Frontier Village to U.S. Route 2 and the Hewitt Avenue Trestle.[24][25] Lake Stevens is also served by Community Transit, which operates bus routes between cities in Snohomish County. The city has a small park and ride with direct service to the Boeing Everett Factory and Downtown Seattle during peak hours, and all-day service to Everett, Granite Falls, and Marysville.[26]


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  5. ^ Blake, Warner (December 8, 2017). "Lake Stevens — Thumbnail History". HistoryLink. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
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  10. ^ Fetters, Eric (June 27, 2004). "Expanding Frontier". The Everett Herald Business Journal. Retrieved October 19, 2019.
  11. ^ a b "Integrated Aquatic Plant Control Plan" (PDF). City of Lake Stevens. January 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2011.
  12. ^ "Lake Stevens At A Glance". City of Lake Stevens. Retrieved August 20, 2019.
  13. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  14. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
  15. ^ Lake Stevens City Government
  16. ^ Fiege, Gale (August 15, 2014). "Lake is just the jumping off point for fun in Lake Stevens". The Everett Herald. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  17. ^ Jude, Adam (February 6, 2018). "Jacob Eason, former Lake Stevens 5-star QB, officially transferring to Washington". The Seattle Times. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  18. ^ Clarridge, Christine; Lacitis, Erik (September 1, 2017). "Local pro skateboarder Cory Kennedy arrested after Vashon Island crash kills beloved videographer". The Seattle Times. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  19. ^ Bray, Kari (September 25, 2014). "Chris Pratt's star rises, but Lake Stevens roots keep him grounded". The Everett Herald. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  20. ^ Snohomish County School Districts Map (PDF) (Map). Snohomish County. December 21, 2017. Retrieved October 19, 2019.
  21. ^ "Public School District Directory Information: Lake Stevens School District". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved October 19, 2019.
  22. ^ Davey, Stephanie (March 22, 2019). "Lake Stevens High School remodeling delayed and over budget". The Everett Herald. Retrieved October 19, 2019.
  23. ^ Bray, Kari (March 5, 2017). "Opening day for new Lake Stevens elementary delayed a year". The Everett Herald. Retrieved October 19, 2019.
  24. ^ City of Lake Stevens Address and Street Map (Map). City of Lake Stevens. November 2017. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  25. ^ Washington State Highways, 2014–2015 (PDF) (Map). Washington State Department of Transportation. 2014. Puget Sound inset. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  26. ^ Community Transit System Map (PDF) (Map). Community Transit. March 2019. Retrieved October 18, 2019.

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