A Quick Guide to Everett, WA

A Quick Guide to Everett, WA

Named for Everett Colby, son of founder Charles Colby, Everett, WA is the largest city and county seat of Snohomish County. Located just 25 miles north of Seattle, Everett is the fifth-largest city in the Puget Sound area and Washington’s seventh-largest city. You’ll find plenty of beautiful homes for sale in Everett, WA, and there’s lots to do and see, including the largest public marina on America’s West Coast, and the aircraft carrier, USS Nimitz. 


The first permanent settlement in Everett was a cabin built by Dennis Brigham on the shore of Port Gardner Bay in 1861, but the city itself wasn’t formally incorporated until 1893. Plans for the city were hatched by Henry Hewitt, Jr. and Charles Colby during an Alaskan Cruise in 1890, with both men envisioning a vibrant, industrial municipality on the peninsula along the banks of the Snohomish River. Numerous Everett streets are named after the city’s founders and their associates.

Cultural attractions

One of Everett’s cultural attractions is its large historical district, where dozens of stately old homes are located – including the home of former U.S. Senator Henry M. Jackson. The Port of Everett was redeveloped several years ago and is now a top destination for retail shops, restaurants, and condominiums. The Everett Yacht Club (founded in 1907) is nearby. The waterfront hosts a variety of activities year-round, including the Everett Farmers Market, the Waterfront Concert Series, and the annual Everett Coho Derby.

Everett is also home to the Evergreen Arboretum and Garden, the Nishiyama Garden, and Forest Park, the city’s oldest park and where one can find miles of hiking/biking trails and arguably Everett’s most popular swimming pool.


Amenities in Everett include the architecturally and historically significant Everett Public Library, along with the Xfinity Arena at Everett, which hosts concerts, tradeshows, and other events. The Historic Everett Theatre, built in 1901, is one of the oldest active theatres west of the Rocky Mountains. Transportation-wise, Everett offers numerous options. The city has offered public transit since the late 19th century, and there’s also a commuter train line from Everett to Seattle. In terms of healthcare, Everett is home to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, one of the nation’s top hospitals.


Within Everett are 19 established neighborhoods, many of which are home to employees of Boeing, the area’s largest employer, and the Everett Naval Station. Notable Everett neighborhoods include Bayside, which comprises much of the waterfront and central business district; Pinehurst-Beverly Park, a combination of residential and commercial developments in South Everett; and Glacier View, where many older homes are found.


Everett is widely regarded as having one of Washington’s best school systems. In fact, Everett’s graduation rate for English-language learners is the state’s highest. There are several high schools in Everett; their collective four-year graduation rate is 90 percent. Eight colleges are located in and around Everett, and there are around 50 middle schools and elementary schools, combined.

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