Mill Creek, Washington

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Mill Creek, Washington
Street in the Mill Creek Town Center
Street in the Mill Creek Town Center
Location of Mill Creek, Washington
Location of Mill Creek, Washington
Coordinates: 47°51′42″N 122°12′16″W / 47.86167°N 122.20444°W / 47.86167; -122.20444Coordinates: 47°51′42″N 122°12′16″W / 47.86167°N 122.20444°W / 47.86167; -122.20444
CountryUnited States
StateWashington
CountySnohomish
IncorporatedAugust 30, 1983
Government
 • TypeCouncil–manager
 • MayorPam Pruitt
 • ManagerBob Stowe
Area
 • Total4.69 sq mi (12.15 km2)
 • Land4.67 sq mi (12.10 km2)
 • Water0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
Elevation
377 ft (115 m)
Population
 • Total18,244
 • Estimate 
(2015)[3]
20,043
 • Density3,906.6/sq mi (1,508.3/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP codes
98012, 98082
Area code425
FIPS code53-45865
GNIS feature ID1534566[4]
Websitecityofmillcreek.com

Mill Creek is a city in Snohomish County, Washington, United States. It is located between the cities of Everett and Lynnwood, approximately 20 miles (32 km) northeast of Seattle. The city has a population of 18,244 as of the 2010 census population was 18,244. Mill Creek is one of the wealthiest suburbs in the Seattle metropolitan area and was originally built as a planned community.

The city lies along State Route 527 and North Creek, a tributary of the Sammamish River, and extends from Interstate 5 in the west to State Route 9 in the east. Mill Creek was a planned community conceived in the 1970s and built around a country club and golf course, with other development occurring nearby. It was incorporated as a city in 1983 and underwent major population growth due to continued suburban development and annexation of nearby areas. The city's downtown area is centered around the Mill Creek Town Center, a mixed-use lifestyle center and retail complex that opened in 2004.

History[edit]

Mill Creek was developed as a "country suburb" in the mid-1970s by Olympus Development, who had originally considered the Chinook Jargon word "Klahanie" for the subdivisions.[5] Mill Creek was officially incorporated on August 30, 1983.[6] The city has rapidly grown with large number of families and jobs and now contains a mixed-use, city-sponsored complex called Mill Creek Town Center. Before the turn of the 21st century much of Mill Creek was woods, but recently many apartment complexes have been built all along Bothell-Everett Highway and some other roads throughout the city.

Geography[edit]

Mill Creek is located at 47°51′42″N 122°12′16″W / 47.86167°N 122.20444°W / 47.86167; -122.20444 (47.861763, -122.204408).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.69 square miles (12.15 km2), of which, 4.67 square miles (12.10 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.[1]

Several creeks flow through the city, including North Creek, Penny Creek, and Nickel Creek.[8] There is also a creek located entirely within city limits called Mill Creek, though it was not officially given this name until 2001. Prior to that, it was known informally as Smokehouse Creek.[8][9]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
19907,172
200011,52560.7%
201018,24458.3%
Est. 201620,303[10]11.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]
2015 Estimate[3]

Educational levels within the city stand at 95% High School Graduate or higher (7352), and 47.7% Bachelor's degree or higher (3688).

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 18,244 people, 7,551 households, and 4,921 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,906.6 inhabitants per square mile (1,508.3/km2). There were 7,923 housing units at an average density of 1,696.6 per square mile (655.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 74.2% White, 2.2% African American, 0.5% Native American, 16.7% Asian, 0.4% Pacific Islander, 1.6% from other races, and 4.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.6% of the population.

There were 7,551 households of which 31.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.7% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.8% were non-families. 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.99.

The median age in the city was 38.9 years. 23.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.4% were from 25 to 44; 28.6% were from 45 to 64; and 12.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.6% male and 51.4% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census of 2000, there were 11,525 people, 4,631 households, and 3,250 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,231.3 people per square mile (1,246.5/km²). There were 4,769 housing units at an average density of 1,337.1 per square mile (515.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 81.49% White, 1.41% African American, 0.43% Native American, 12.64% Asian, 0.25% Pacific Islander, 1.12% from other races, and 2.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.25% of the population.

There were 4,631 households out of which 32.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.8% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.8% were non-families. 24.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the city, the age distribution of the population shows 24.3% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 27.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $69,702, and the median income for a family was $87,263. Males had a median income of $59,070 versus $39,138 for females. The per capita income for the city was $36,234. About 3.0% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.2% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.

Government and politics[edit]

The City of Mill Creek is a non-charter code city with a council–manager government.[12] The city council is composed of seven members elected in non-partisan, at-large elections to four-year terms. The councilmembers elect a ceremonial mayor and mayor pro tem from its members and appoint a city manager to execute its legislative policies.[13] The current mayor is councilwoman Pam Pruitt, while the interim city manager is Bob Stowe, appointed in October 2018 to fill a vacancy in the position.[14] The city government has approximately 65 employees.[15]

Education[edit]

Elementary schools near the city include Mill Creek Elementary, Cedarwood Elementary, Penny Creek Elementary, Woodside Elementary, and Forest View Elementary school.

Heatherwood Middle school is the local secondary school along with Gateway Middle school which is located just outside city limits.

Mill Creek is also home to Henry M. Jackson High School. All schools are part of the Everett School District.

Parks and recreation[edit]

Mill Creek contains several neighborhood and community parks and recreational facilities, including Nickel Creek Park, Heron Park, Highland Park, Cougar Park, and the Mill Creek Sports Park. There is also the private golf course around which the original community was built, as well as a nature preserve through which Penny Creek flows. County parks located near the city include McCollum Park and North Creek Park.

In addition to parks, the city has various public and private walking and cycling trails. The major public trail is the North Creek Trail which runs from McCollum Park south to 164th Street SE and approximately parallels North Creek.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-07-14. Retrieved 2012-12-19.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-19.
  3. ^ a b "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on October 19, 2016. Retrieved June 22, 2016.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ Cameron, David A.; Grimes, Lynne; Wyatt, Jane (2005). Snohomish County: An Illustrated History. Index, Washington: Kelcema Books. p. 344. ISBN 0-9766700-0-3. OCLC 62728798.
  6. ^ About Mill Creek
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  8. ^ a b "Chapter XII: Environmental Element" (PDF). Mill Creek Comprehensive Plan. City of Mill Creek. 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 November 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  9. ^ Seven, Richard (January 19, 2003). "Call It What You Will: A place has a name for a reason". The Seattle Times. p. 10. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  10. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  11. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved July 26, 2013.
  12. ^ "Mill Creek City Council Ordinance No. 2014-782". City of Mill Creek. May 27, 2014. p. 6. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  13. ^ "City Council". City of Mill Creek. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  14. ^ Haglund, Noah (October 2, 2018). "Mill Creek fires city manager after 'difficult' months". The Everett Herald. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  15. ^ Daybert, Amy (February 17, 2012). "What mayors in Snohomish County are paid". The Everett Herald. Retrieved December 8, 2018.

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