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The Lynnwood crime rate is higher than the Washington average crime rate and is higher than the national average crime rate.

Crime Index, #172

Lynnwood, WA 2,662.72
Washington 1,855.30
U.S. 1,669.05

The crime index value is calculated based on the data using algorithms. It is an indicator of the crime level in a region. Higher crime index value means more crime.

Lynnwood, WA Crime by Year

YearLocationDescriptionMurdersRapesRobberiesAssaultsBurglariesTheftsVehicle TheftsArsonCrime Index
2014Lynnwood, WACount0752412872,0731945 
 Lynnwood, WAPer 100,0000.019.1142.0111.9783.55,659.3529.613.72,492
 WashingtonPer 100,0002.530.779.9164.7783.02,489.1434.0NA1,706
 U.S.Per 100,0004.526.4102.2232.5542.51,837.3216.2NA1,423
2013Lynnwood, WACount11252402991,9502146 
 Lynnwood, WAPer 100,0002.733.0142.9109.9821.55,357.7588.016.52,575
 WashingtonPer 100,0002.325.883.5166.4837.02,465.9407.4NA1,694
 U.S.Per 100,0004.525.2109.1229.1610.01,899.4221.3NA1,477
2012Lynnwood, WACount0536332901,7031875 
 Lynnwood, WAPer 100,0000.013.698.290.0791.34,647.0510.313.62,119
 WashingtonPer 100,0003.031.883.3177.5880.52,395.3382.8NA1,737
 U.S.Per 100,0004.726.9112.9242.3670.21,959.3229.7NA1,557
2011Lynnwood, WACount11041492471,7511264 
 Lynnwood, WAPer 100,0002.727.5112.6134.6678.64,810.7346.211.02,198
 WashingtonPer 100,0002.433.582.5176.1827.72,383.3363.6NA1,695
 U.S.Per 100,0004.726.8113.7241.1702.21,976.9229.6NA1,576
2010Lynnwood, WACount1736392191,7401591 
 Lynnwood, WAPer 100,0002.920.6106.1114.9645.55,128.4468.62.92,261
 WashingtonPer 100,0002.338.188.2185.3820.32,503.7382.6NA1,769
 U.S.Per 100,0004.827.5119.1252.3699.62,003.5238.8NA1,610
2009Lynnwood, WACount0953462301,8871498 
 Lynnwood, WAPer 100,0000.026.8158.0137.1685.75,625.4444.223.82,481
 WashingtonPer 100,0002.738.1100.5189.7792.22,519.4355.3NA1,775
 U.S.Per 100,0005.028.7133.0262.8716.32,060.9258.8NA1,683
2008Lynnwood, WACount1662772581,8491866 
 Lynnwood, WAPer 100,0003.017.9184.5229.2767.85,502.6553.517.92,677
 WashingtonPer 100,0002.940.196.9191.2801.32,524.6432.6NA1,829
 U.S.Per 100,0005.429.3145.3274.6730.82,167.0314.7NA1,784
2007Lynnwood, WACount01173472802,16243113 
 Lynnwood, WAPer 100,0000.032.7216.9139.6831.86,422.51,280.338.63,292
 WashingtonPer 100,0002.740.693.6196.2814.82,634.4581.6NA1,937
 U.S.Per 100,0005.630.0147.6283.8722.52,177.8363.3NA1,827
2006Lynnwood, WACount0560343022,11662212 
 Lynnwood, WAPer 100,0000.014.7176.199.8886.26,208.91,825.135.23,347
 WashingtonPer 100,0003.042.9100.1199.8911.62,850.7717.6NA2,137
 U.S.Per 100,0005.730.9149.4287.5729.42,206.8398.4NA1,867
2005Lynnwood, WACount1745403082,0285208 
 Lynnwood, WAPer 100,0003.020.7132.9118.1909.45,987.61,535.323.63,185
 WashingtonPer 100,0003.344.792.1205.8959.73,149.5783.9NA2,275
 U.S.Per 100,0005.631.7140.7291.1726.72,286.3416.7NA1,888

Hate Crime Index

Lynnwood, WA 2.89
Washington 34.56
U.S. 23.78

The hate crime index value is calculated based on the data using algorithms. It is an indicator of the hate crime level in a region. Higher hate crime index value means more hate crime.

Lynnwood, WA Hate Crime by Year

YearLocationDescriptionTotalRaceReligionSexual OrientationEthnicityDisabilityHate Crime Index
2014Lynnwood, WACount000000 
 Lynnwood, WAPer 100,0000.
 WashingtonPer 100,0004.
 U.S.Per 100,0001.
2013Lynnwood, WACount000000 
 Lynnwood, WAPer 100,0000.
 WashingtonPer 100,0004.
 U.S.Per 100,0002.
2012Lynnwood, WACount101000 
 Lynnwood, WAPer 100,0002.
 WashingtonPer 100,0003.
 U.S.Per 100,0002.
2011Lynnwood, WACount000000 
 Lynnwood, WAPer 100,0000.
 WashingtonPer 100,0003.
 U.S.Per 100,0002.
2010Lynnwood, WACount000000 
 Lynnwood, WAPer 100,0000.
 WashingtonPer 100,0003.
 U.S.Per 100,0002.
2009Lynnwood, WACount000000 
 Lynnwood, WAPer 100,0000.
 WashingtonPer 100,0003.
 U.S.Per 100,0002.
2008Lynnwood, WACount000000 
 Lynnwood, WAPer 100,0000.
 WashingtonPer 100,0003.
 U.S.Per 100,0002.
2007Lynnwood, WACount000000 
 Lynnwood, WAPer 100,0000.
 WashingtonPer 100,0003.
 U.S.Per 100,0002.
2006Lynnwood, WACount000000 
 Lynnwood, WAPer 100,0000.
 WashingtonPer 100,0002.
 U.S.Per 100,0003.

Law Enforcement Employees Index

Lynnwood, WA 2.41
Washington 1.87
U.S. 2.83

The law enforcement employees index value is calculated based on the data using algorithms. It is an indicator of the law enforcement employees level in a region. Higher law enforcement employees index value means higher law enforcement employees density.

Lynnwood, WA Law Enforcement Employees by Year

YearLocationDescriptionTotalOfficersCiviliansLaw Enforcement Employees Index
2014Lynnwood, WACount1006931 
 Lynnwood, WAPer 100,000273.0188.484.62.31
 WashingtonPer 100,000207.0146.560.51.77
 U.S.Per 100,000335.2234.1101.12.85
2013Lynnwood, WACount986731 
 Lynnwood, WAPer 100,000269.3184.185.22.27
 WashingtonPer 100,000210.1148.761.41.79
 U.S.Per 100,000335.9233.3102.52.85
2012Lynnwood, WACount956530 
 Lynnwood, WAPer 100,000259.2177.481.92.18
 WashingtonPer 100,000206.6147.259.41.77
 U.S.Per 100,000335.5235.2100.32.85
2011Lynnwood, WACount1027131 
 Lynnwood, WAPer 100,000280.2195.185.22.38
 WashingtonPer 100,000210.1150.759.41.80
 U.S.Per 100,000341.9238.3103.62.90
2010Lynnwood, WACount1148034 
 Lynnwood, WAPer 100,000336.0235.8100.22.86
 WashingtonPer 100,000217.0155.161.91.86
 U.S.Per 100,000347.8241.9105.92.95
2009Lynnwood, WACount1148034 
 Lynnwood, WAPer 100,000339.9238.5101.42.89
 WashingtonPer 100,000223.7159.564.31.92
 U.S.Per 100,000352.9244.2108.72.99
2008Lynnwood, WACount1127933 
 Lynnwood, WAPer 100,000333.3235.198.22.84
 WashingtonPer 100,000229.1162.266.91.96
 U.S.Per 100,000357.8247.5110.33.03
2007Lynnwood, WACount1037132 
 Lynnwood, WAPer 100,000306.0210.995.12.58
 WashingtonPer 100,000226.6160.566.11.94
 U.S.Per 100,000356.1244.8111.33.00
2006Lynnwood, WACount976730 
2005Lynnwood, WACount956728 


Justice News

Seattle – A 39-year-old Lynnwood, Washington, man was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 10 years in prison for federal charges stemming from his drug and gun trafficking, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Tessa M. Gorman.  Jose L. Casablanca and co-defendant, Jessie N. Cruz, were arrested in late July 2020, following a lengthy undercover investigation.  In May 2021, Casablanca pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, possession of a machine gun, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  At the sentencing hearing, U.S. District Judge Robert S. Lasnik said, “This is your last chance… When you come out in your 40s you will have missed many events with your daughters.” Judge Lasnik urged Casablanca to choose a new path.

“This defendant sold heroin, methamphetamine, and fentanyl, three of the most deadly and addictive controlled substances available, that have ravaged communities and families in Western Washington,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Gorman. “Add to that his firearms trafficking – including possessing a machine gun – and this defendant has demonstrated he is a danger to the community.”

Records filed in the case detail how two detectives with the Snohomish Regional Drug Task Force (SRDTF) posed as drug and gun buyers to gather information about the pair’s drug trafficking activity.  The undercover detectives made purchases of heroin, methamphetamine, and fentanyl pills from Casablanca and Cruz.  They also purchased a fully automatic firearm, classified as an illegal machine gun, and other firearms from the pair.  Casablanca is a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing firearms, so the two discussed with undercover officers how Cruz transported the guns to the sale location so that Casablanca would not be caught with a firearm.

Casablanca and Cruz confided to the undercover detectives where they had hidden a massive amount of fentanyl in their Lynnwood home.  On the day they were arrested at a regional airport, they met with yet another undercover officer who was posing as someone who could get them access to a pill press to make fentanyl tainted pills from their large stash of the potentially deadly drug.  A court-authorized search warrant at the Lynnwood home resulted in the seizure of large amounts of heroin, fentanyl, multiple firearms, and ammunition, as well as body armor.

At the time of their arrest, law enforcement searched the Maserati the couple used in their drug trafficking activities and found both narcotics and a firearm.

Co-defendant Cruz was sentenced in April 2021 to 7 years in prison.  Both will be on three years of supervised release following prison.

The case was investigated by the Snohomish Regional Drug Task Force and the United States Marshals Service Violent Offender Task Force, with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF).

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kate Crisham.

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Lynnwood Criminal Defense Attorney

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Lynnwood Criminal Defense Attorney

Defending Clients in Lynnwood, WA

Have you been charged with a crime in Lynnwood, WA? Hi, my name is Schoen Parnell. I’m a Lynnwood criminal defense attorney and I’ve been defending clients in the Puget Sound area for over 20 years. My Snohomish County office is conveniently located in Lynnwood just a few minutes from the municipal and district courthouses. I understand this could be one of the most stressful events in your life and I’m here to guide you through this process. A misdemeanor or felony conviction can have a devastating impact on your livelihood and I won’t take the matter lightly.

I became a lawyer because I genuinely like helping people and just happen to be good at it too. I personally represent all of my clients unlike many large law firms or attorneys who will send a “stand in” when it counts the most. Not on my watch! All of my clients have access to me directly, when you call my office or cell it will be me who picks up the phone.

I have advanced training as a DUI lawyer and have received numerous certifications for the same courses police officers attend. I also have in-depth skills in areas relating to gun rights or crimes where a firearm is used in self-defense. Over the years I’ve built a strong network of resources through various legal defense associations I hold memberships with.

What does this all mean for you? It means if you hire me, you will be represented by an accessible lawyer who has the right experience, training and strategies to get you through this troubling time. Don’t just take my word for it see what others have to say about me and some of the case results I’ve been able to achieve. Don’t delay any further, call me today so we can discuss your case and what options are available to you.

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Lynnwood Arrest FAQs

If you’ve been arrested in Lynnwood and are being charged with a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor your case will be heard in the Lynnwood Municipal Courthouse. Lynnwood contracts with Zachor and Thomas a private law firm to prosecute it’s criminal cases. This law firm generally responds to the city’s complaints fairly quickly so it will be important to speak with a lawyer about your case as soon as possible.

However if you are arrested by a WA State trooper or Snohomish County Sheriff Deputy your case will be regarded a State case and will be handled by the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s office located in Everett. Misdemeanor state cases are held in the Snohomish County District Court South Division’s courthouse located just a few minutes away from the municipal courthouse. Felony state cases will be held in the Snohomish County Superior Court in Everett.

Lynnwood Municipal Court
19321 44th Ave W
Lynnwood, WA 98036
General: (425) 774-7039
Probation: (425) 670-5130
Fax: (425) 774-7039
Court Website

Hours (Except Holidays)
Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Lunch 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Sno. Co. District Court | South Division
20520 68th Ave W.
Lynnwood, WA 98036
Phone: (425) 388-3331
Fax: (425) 388-3331
Court Website

Hours (Closed Holidays)
Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Lunch 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

  • Lynnwood Municipal Court Driving Directions

    Going Northbound on I-5
    • Take exit 181A for 44th Ave W toward Lynnwood/WA-524
    • Turn left onto 44th Ave W (0.8)
    • Destination will be on the right
    Going Southbound on I-5
    • Take exit 181 for Washington 524 W
    • Merge onto WA-524 W/196th St SW (0.5 mi)
    • Turn right onto 44th Ave W (0.5 mi)
    • Destination will be on the right

    Lynnwood District Court Driving Directions

    Going Northbound on I-5
    • Take exit 179 for 220th Street Southwest
    • Turn left onto 220th St SW (0.4 mi)
    • Turn right onto 66th Ave W (0.8 mi)
    • Turn left onto 208th St SW (0.1 mi)
    • Turn right onto 68th Ave W (0.1 mi)
    • TDestination will be on the right
    Going Southbound on I-5
    • Take exit 179 for 220th St SW
    • Turn right onto 220th St SW (0.3) mi
    • Turn right onto 66th Ave W (.8 mi)
    • Turn left onto 208th St SW (0.1 mi)
    • Turn right onto 68th Ave W (0.1 mi)
    • Destination will be on the left
  • Lynnwood District Court Judges

    Judge Jeffrey Goodwin
    Full-time Since Feb 2013
    Lynnwood District Judge - Judge Jeffrey Goodwin
    Judge Beth Fraser
    Full-time Since Feb 2013
    Lynnwood District Judge - Judge Beth Fraser
    Judge Douglas Fair
    Since Jan 2015 | Edmonds 2005 – 2014
    Lynnwood District Judge - Judge Douglas Fair

    Lynnwood Municipal Court Judges

    Judge Stephen Moore
    Full-time since 2001
    Lynnwood Municipal Judge - Judge Stephen Moore

  • Lynnwood Court Resource Links

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A Theft conviction is considered a “crime of dishonesty” and a crime involving moral turpitude. A conviction can not only land a person in jail, but it will be a red flag for many employers. Companies will terminate or deny employment if an employee’s duties require them to conduct financial transactions or handle sensitive materials. A conviction can also be a stain on your reputation and ruin your good name. At the Law Office of Michael P. Sheehy, we understand people make mistakes and a lapse in judgment does not define who you are as a person. We are here to help advise you every step of the way and will advocate for the best possible outcome.

Theft Definition and Penalties

A theft can be committed multiple ways. The most common allegation is when a person wrongfully obtains property or services from another person. A Theft charge is classified as a gross misdemeanor or a felony depending on the value of the property.

  • Theft First Degree – Class B felony, Valueexceeds five thousand dollars
    • Maximum penalty, 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine
  • Theft Second Degree – Class C felony, Valuebetween $750 – $5000
    • Maximum penalty, 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine
  • Theft Third Degree – Gross Misdemeanor, Value less than $750
    • Maximum penalty, One year in jail and a $5,000 fine
    • Eg. Shoplifting at Costco when value is under $750

Jail Time, Sentencing, and Enhanced Penalties

Gross Misdemeanor

Most retail shoplifting cases (Costco, Alderwood Mall) are filed as misdemeanor theft charges if the value of the property is under $750. A Judge can impose up to a year in jail upon conviction. The length of jail, if any, depends on a person’s criminal history, the jurisdiction of the offense, and the facts of the case. An attorney can advocate for alternatives to jail for first time shoplifting or theft third degree offenses.

However, a conviction will be on a person’s criminal record and may impact future employment. An experienced advocate will request a dismissal through one of several legal processes. At the Law Office of Michael P. Sheehy, we have successfully advocated many dismissals on misdemeanor cases through a statute called “compromising a misdemeanor” and by using other defense strategies. Contact our office to determine if you are eligible.

Felony Theft

Judges have broad discretion in their decisions but they must follow a standard range when imposing a sentence on a felony offense. A first time offender convicted for Theft in the Second Degree would receive a sentence between zero and 60 days. A Theft in the First Degree would be zero to 90 days. Most prosecuting attorneys request a mid-range sentence. It’s important to understand that the sentencing range changes if a person has prior felony conviction.

Additionally, a Court may impose an exceptional sentence outside the standard range if the prosecutor identifies aggravating circumstances. Below are a few aggravating circumstances that could justify an enhanced penalty.

  • Alleged Victim was Vulnerable
  • A Weapon was Used (possible Robbery)
  • Involved Multiple Victims or Incidents
  • Abused a Position of Trust (accountant, treasurer, etc)
  • Excessive Monetary Loss – Caused Hardship

The Court has the authority to impose the maximum sentence if any of the above aggravating circumstances are alleged in the criminal complaint. It’s important to understand what’s at stake and if your case has “aggravating” or “mitigating” facts.

It is critical to understand the nature of the charges, the sentencing range, the possibility of enhanced penalties, and what if any other charges can be added to the complaint. You deserve to have a thorough understanding of your options and not be forced to blindly follow an attorney’s advice.

How to Get a Fair Outcome and Avoid a “Railroading”

Every allegation is different and every case has issues that need to be developed from a defense perspective. An experienced defense attorney will have a strategy on each case. What is the strategy on your case? You should know the “game plan” and how you can help defend against the charge. Open communication is critical and your input is extremely valuable. In fact, more often than not, the accused knows more about the facts of the case than any other witness. It’s important for a defense attorney to highlight those evidentiary and mitigating issues for the prosecuting attorney in order to get the best outcome.

Our Clients also increase their chance of receiving a favorable disposition by being proactive and working directly with Attorney Sheehy and his legal assistant, Wendy. We will advise you on the steps to take- whether it’s getting a drug evaluation, providing monetary compensating for the loss, taking a Theft awareness classes, securing character letters, or simply providing your particular life circumstances.

A person’s options will depend on the facts of the case, the criminal jurisdiction, and if he / she was proactive. The outcomes of a theft case vary but include the following:

  • Dismissal – ask if this is possible
  • Amend to Misdemeanor or lesser Felony
  • Acceptance into Diversion (TAP)
  • Acceptance into Drug Court
  • Prison or Jail Time
  • Stipulated Order of Continuance
  • Pre-Trial Diversion Agreement
  • First Time Offender Waiver (FTOW)
  • Compromise of a Misdemeanor

Attorney Michael Sheehy will instruct you on how to be proactive and review your available options.

Defenses to a Theft?

Not every person charged with a criminal offense is guilty. A defendant has a right to a jury trial and does not have to plead guilty. Do not feel pressured into a plea if you have a valid defense. There are many defenses to a Theft charge and you should consult with an attorney to assert your rights in Court. A few defenses include:

  • Disagreement over Property Ownership
  • No Intent to Permanently Deprive (borrowed)
  • Alleged Victim is Untruthful
  • Value is de minimus
  • Coerced or Acted against Will
  • Did Not Take the Property
  • Forgot Property was on Person

Other Crimes of “Dishonesty”?

A Theft allegation is one of several different “crimes of dishonesty” that can be charged. The same basic principles above apply to all crimes of dishonesty but the criminal penalties and legal defenses are different. The following charges are considered a crime of moral turpitude:

  • Burglary
  • Vehicle Prowl
  • Retail Theft
  • Unlawful Issuance of Bank Check
  • Forgery
  • Taking a Motor Vehicle Without Permission
  • Possession of Stolen Property
  • Residential Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Trafficking Stolen Property
  • Embezzlement
  • Common offense that are filed differently: petty larceny, grand theft auto, carjacking, employee theft

Michael Sheehy has vast experience representing people charged with the above offenses. It’s important to know that you have viable options. A conviction can have permanent consequences. A person’s reputation could be marred and future employment opportunities limited. We are here to help and Attorney Sheehy will explain your options in easy to understand terms. The Law Office of Michael P. Sheehy, PLLC has helped clients in Lynnwood, Everett, Bothell, Marysville, Edmonds, and Mill Creek and all over Snohomish and King County.

Why Our Office Is Different for a Theft Case

Attorney Michael P. Sheehy limits the number of retained cases in order to provide a dedicated, strategic defense. Attorney Sheehy and his legal assistant meet regularly to discuss the merits of each client’s case and they are the only legal professionals working on it. You will know your “legal team” and never feel like a number. Critical information won’t be lost or passed onto other attorneys. Negotiations are time-sensitive and your attorney should know your case inside and out.

Mr. Sheehy reviews the evidence to determine the strength of the State’s case and will set it for trial or attempt to resolve the case in a favorable manner. Charges can be dismissed if a person is eligible for the diversion program, enters a drug program, petitions for a compromise of a misdemeanor, receives a deferred sentence, or enters into a stipulated order of continuance. We let our clients know if they are eligible for one of these alternatives and if they will be given a chance to start over.

Defense lawyer Sheehy is fully dedicated to criminal defense and personally handles each and every case. For him, providing quality and caring representation is not about how many cases you have but how much effort you put in to each case in order to get the best result possible. With an equally dedicated and compassionate support staff, clients facing a theft charge have come to know and trust our firm.

Contact Michael Sheehy, a Lynnwood theft crimes attorney, and arrange a free case evaluation today!


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Lynnwood Annual Crimes


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Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)




Violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)



My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime


Population: 39,141
Report Total0 15 3860
Rate per 1,0000.000.380.971.53


Population: 328,239,523
Report Total16,425139,815267,988821,182
Rate per 1,0000.050.430.822.50

Property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)



My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

Lynnwood Property CRIMES

Population: 39,141
burglarytheftmotor vehicle theft
Report Total1451,500211
Rate per 1,0003.7038.325.39

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 328,239,523
burglarytheftmotor vehicle theft
Report Total1,117,6965,086,096721,885
Rate per 1,0003.4115.502.20



Tacoma man among 4 indicted for hate crime in 2018 Lynnwood bar fight

Police looking for suspect in killing of Lynnwood gas-station employee

Police are searching for a shooter who killed a gas-station employee early Sunday in Lynnwood.

At around 5:40 a.m., Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies responded to the shooting in the 14800 block of Highway 99, finding the male employee dead inside, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

Detectives investigating the case believe the shooter was trying to rob the store.

The sheriff’s office released an image of the suspected shooter, who fled the scene, captured from store security video, and are asking anyone who can help identify the person to call 911.

During the investigation, detectives learned the suspect entered the store and shot an employee who was working inside. Detectives believe he was attempting to rob the store. The suspect then fled the scene.

Anyone who can identify this suspect is asked to call 911.

— snocosheriff (@SnoCoSheriff) September 26, 2021

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Lynnwood, Washington

City in Washington, United States

"Lynnwood" redirects here. For other uses, see Lynnwood (disambiguation).

City in Washington, United States


Lynnwood, WA welcome sign.jpg
Official logo of Lynnwood


Location of Lynnwood in Snohomish County

Location of Lynnwood in Snohomish County

Coordinates: 47°49′16″N122°18′54″W / 47.82111°N 122.31500°W / 47.82111; -122.31500Coordinates: 47°49′16″N122°18′54″W / 47.82111°N 122.31500°W / 47.82111; -122.31500
CountryUnited States
IncorporatedApril 23, 1959
 • TypeMayor–council
 • MayorNicola Smith
 • Total7.89 sq mi (20.44 km2)
 • Land7.88 sq mi (20.40 km2)
 • Water0.02 sq mi (0.04 km2)
Elevation394 ft (120 m)
 • Total35,836
 • Estimate 


 • Density4,969.02/sq mi (1,918.65/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP codes

98026, 98036, 98037, 98046, 98087

Area code425
FIPS code53-40840
GNIS feature ID1512414[4]

Lynnwood is a city in Snohomish County, Washington, United States. The city is part of the Seattle metropolitan area and is located 16 miles (26 km) north of Seattle and 13 miles (21 km) south of Everett, near the junction of Interstate 5 and Interstate 405. It is the fourth-largest city in Snohomish County, with a population of 35,836 in the 2010 U.S. census.

Lynnwood is a suburbanbedroom community for Seattle, Everett and Bellevue. It has one of the largest concentrations of retailers in the region, anchored by the Alderwood Mall and businesses along major streets. The city also has a community college, a convention center, and a major transit center, located in the developing city center.

The Lynnwood area was logged and settled by homesteaders in the late 19th century and early 20th century, including the development of Alderwood Manor as a planned farming community. Lynnwood, named for the wife of a realtor, emerged in the late 1940s around the intersection of Highway 99 and 196th Street Southwest. The city was incorporated on April 23, 1959, and grew into a suburban hub in the years following the completion of Interstate 5 and Interstate 405. Alderwood Mall opened in 1979 and spurred the transformation of eastern Lynnwood into a retail and office district.


Prior to contact with American settlers, the Snohomish tribe of Native Americans used the area of modern-day Lynnwood for summertime activities, including hunting, fishing, berry gathering, and root cultivation. The Snohomish were relocated to the Tulalip reservation, near modern-day Marysville, after the signing of the Treaty of Point Elliott in 1855, opening the area for American settlement.[5]

Brown's Bay, part of Puget Sound, and modern-day Meadowdale were surveyed by American loggers in 1859.[6] Logging on Brown's Bay began in 1860, and the first American settlers arrived in the 1880s. Scottish-born stonemason Duncan Hunter became the area's first white resident in 1889, filing an 80-acre (32 ha) land claim on modern-day 36th Avenue West after moving west from Wisconsin. The claim was inherited by Hunter's son Basil, who lived on the property until his death in 1982; it was later turned into the city's Pioneer Park in the late 1980s.[7][8] Hunter was joined to the east by a claim from William Morrice, a fellow stonemason from Aberdeen, Scotland.[9] Settlers from Pennsylvania homesteaded along Cedar Valley, to the south of Hunter and Morrice, and near Scriber Lake (named for Peter Schreiber) in 1888, leading to the establishment of the area's first schoolhouse in 1895.[5][10]

During the early 20th century, the Lynnwood area was gradually logged by private companies and mill operators, leaving behind plots with tree stumps. The arrival of the Seattle–Everett Interurban Railway in 1910 brought reliable transportation to the area, as well as real estate speculators. The Puget Mill Company, then the largest landowner in southern Snohomish County, established the planned community of "Alderwood Manor" in 1917 and marketed the area to urban dwellers wishing to build farms in the countryside. Alderwood Manor, located near an Interurban station, gained streets named for tree species and was divided into 5-to-10-acre (2.0 to 4.0 ha) plots that sold for $200 per acre. A 30-acre (12 ha) "demonstration farm" was built to educate new residents on raising crops and chickens, as well as market the Alderwood Manor plots to "Little Landers", a nickname for the new residents.[11] Alderwood Manor grew to over 1,463 people and 200,000 hens by 1922, and had electricity and telephone services to most of its residents.[5][12]

The Puget Mill Company leased out its demonstration farm in 1933 and ceased operations at Alderwood Manor later in the decade, amid declining sales during the Great Depression. At the same time, the opening of the Pacific Highway (modern-day Highway 99) in 1927 and the decline of Interurban service in the 1930s shifted the center of economic growth west near Scriber Lake. Seattle realtor Karl O'Brien filed a plat along Highway 99 at 196th Street Southwest in 1937, naming the development "Lynnwood" after his wife Lynn.[13] Nearby businesses adopted the name during the 1940s, leading to the formal use of "Lynnwood" by the chamber of commerce in 1946, instead of the suggested "West Alderwood".[5][14]

Lynnwood gained its first post office in 1948, after a successful lobbying campaign by the Lynnwood Commercial Club to the federal Post Office Department.[15] Throughout the early 1950s, Lynnwood saw slow residential development, in part because of the lack of sewers and other municipal services.[16] Local residents sought to be annexed into Edmonds, but were denied and left to organize their own city.[17] In 1956, a committee to study incorporating Lynnwood as a city was formed, proposing an area of 6.7 square miles (17 km2) and population of 10,744 for the new city. A petition to incorporate was signed by 600 voters and submitted early the following year, proposing a 6-square-mile (16 km2) city; during the early months of 1958, several property owners asked to be removed from the proposal over disinterest in the Lynnwood group.[18] An incorporation measure was put before voters on the November 1958, failing by a narrow margin of 890 to 848 votes.[19][20]

A second attempt at incorporation, with a revised size of three square miles (7.8 km2) and population of 6,000, was approved by a 2-to-1 margin on April 14, 1959. The successful incorporation was credited in part to the movement of dilapidated homes and structures from the right of way of Interstate 5, a freeway to be built through Alderwood Manor, into the Lynnwood area at the behest of the county government. Realtor Jack Bennett was elected the city's first mayor,[21] and the city council first met on April 20.[22] The city charter was approved by the county commissioners on April 23, 1959, marking Lynnwood's official incorporation as a third-class city.[22][17] Two years after incorporation, the young city was mired in a legal dispute with neighboring Edmonds over the annexation of the Browns Bay area,[23] which was resolved in an out-of-court settlement.[24]

Lynnwood began offering municipal services in its first years, opening a sewage treatment plant, a public park, new streets, and acquiring a water system from the Alderwood Water District.[25] The city began building its 18-acre (7.3 ha) civic center complex in 1969, shortly after the approval of a bond issue to finance the $1.5 million project (equivalent to $8.18 million in 2019 dollars).[26][27] The civic center, located at 44th Avenue West and 194th Street Southwest, came after a decade in leased facilities scattered around the city center.[28] The first buildings on the campus, including the city hall and public library, opened in 1971.[29] Later expansions to the civic center added a police station, a municipal courthouse, and an indoor recreation center.[30]

The opening of Interstate 5 in 1965 moved the commercial center of Lynnwood east towards Alderwood Manor, which culminated in the proposed construction of a large shopping center in 1968.[5][17]: 331–332  The 130-acre (53 ha) shopping center, named Alderwood Mall and developed by Allied Stores,[31] was put on hold during the local recession of the early 1970s and was later sold to shopping mall developer Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. in 1976.[32][33] Alderwood Mall opened on October 4, 1979,[34] sparking a major retail and residential boom in the Lynnwood area in the early 1980s.[35] The Swamp Creek Interchange at Interstate 5 and Interstate 405 was completed in 1984, creating a new regional connection to Alderwood and Lynnwood from the Eastside region of King County.[36]

During the 1980s, Lynnwood gained its first of several office parks, housing high-tech companies expanding from the Eastside and the Canyon Park area of Bothell.[37][35] Shopping areas developed around Alderwood Mall at the same time, creating the county's largest retail center, and new housing areas spread out from the city limits of Lynnwood.[35][38] Despite the development boom of unincorporated areas surrounding Lynnwood, growth within the city itself slowed in the late 1980s and 1990s, attributed to few annexations and slow natural growth.[39]: 7 

Lynnwood began developing plans for a "city center" near the Alderwood Mall area in the 1980s.[38][40] Like other post-war suburbs, Lynnwood developed without a defined central business district and sought to consolidate cultural facilities and high-density development in a manner similar to Downtown Bellevue.[13][41] In the late 1990s, the Washington State Department of Transportation rebuilt several interchanges on Interstate 5 in Lynnwood, including the construction of a full diamond interchange at 196th Street Southwest costing $80 million.[42][43] The city opened a $31 million, medium-sized convention center in 2005 to anchor the future city center.[44][45] The City of Lynnwood formally adopted its City Center Subarea Plan in 2007, outlining plans to re-develop a 300-acre (120 ha) area between Lynnwood Transit Center and Alderwood Mall into a central business district.[46][47] Development of the city center began in 2015, with the construction of two apartment buildings and a hotel located near the convention center.[48][49]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city of Lynnwood has a total area of 7.86 square miles (20.36 km2), of which 7.84 square miles (20.31 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.[50] The city is in the southwestern part of Snohomish County in Western Washington, and is considered part of the Seattle metropolitan area.[51] It is at the junction of Interstate 5 and Interstate 405, approximately 16 miles (26 km) north of Seattle, 19 miles (31 km) northwest of Bellevue, and 13 miles (21 km) south of Everett.[52]

Lynnwood's city limits are roughly defined to south by Mountlake Terrace at 212th Street Southwest and the Interurban Trail; to the west by Edmonds along 76th Avenue West and Olympic View Drive; to the north by the unincorporatedPicnic Point-North Lynnwood area, near 164th Street Southwest; and to the east and south by the unincorporated Alderwood Manor, along State Route 525 and Interstate 5.[53] The city's urban growth area (UGA) includes Alderwood Manor and part of North Lynnwood, extending east to Locust Way and Mill Creek, and north to the Mukilteo UGA at 148th Street Southwest.[54][55]: 1.5 

Lynnwood is situated 300 to 600 feet (91 to 183 m) on a plateau above Puget Sound, which lies to the city's west, and consists of several hills and valleys.[55]: 9.1 [56] The city has eighteen identified drainage basins, most of which drain into Swamp Creek or Puget Sound via Lund's Gulch.[55]: 9.6  Other natural features within Lynnwood include Scriber Lake and Hall Lake. One of the highest hills in the Seattle area is 649-foot (198 m) Lake Serene Hill, near the lake of the same name.[57][58] The city has extensive views of the Olympic Mountains to the west and the Cascade Mountains to the east.[59]

The main retail and commercial corridor of the city is the "Lynnwood Triangle", bordered to the east by Interstate 5, to the south by Southwest 196th Street, and to the west by 44th Avenue West. The "Triangle" area has been proposed as the site of a city center for Lynnwood since the 1980s, including planning for a future light rail station and high-density development surrounding it.[38][40]


As of 2015[update], Lynnwood has an estimated 19,095 residents who were in the workforce, either employed or unemployed.[61] Only 12 percent of Lynnwood residents work within city limits, while approximately 31 percent commute to Seattle, 9 percent to Everett, 6 percent to Bellevue, and 4 percent to Edmonds.[39]: 22  Regional job centers in Downtown Seattle, the Boeing assembly plant near Paine Field in Everett, Downtown Bellevue, and the Microsoft Redmond Campus employ the majority of Lynnwood workers.[39]: 22  The average one-way commute for Lynnwood workers in 2015 was approximately 30 minutes; 69 percent of workers drove alone to their workplace, while 12 percent carpooled, and 10 percent used public transit.[61] The largest industry of employment for Lynnwood workers are educational services and health care, with approximately 23 percent, followed by retail (15%), food services (13%), and professional services (12%).[61]

Lynnwood is also a major job center for Snohomish County, with approximately 24,767 jobs in 2012, but only seven percent of workers in Lynnwood live within the city limits. Over 52 percent of workers in Lynnwood reside within Snohomish County, while 9 percent reside in Seattle.[39]: 22  The largest industry in Lynnwood is the services sector, with approximately 45 percent of workers, followed by retail (28%) and education (8%).[39]: 24  The retail sector, centered around Alderwood Mall, employs 7,000 people and generates 50 percent of the city's tax revenue.[39]: 25–27  Professional services are concentrated in office parks near Alderwood Mall, comprising 176 buildings with nearly 2.8 million square feet (260,000 m2) of leasable office space.[13][39]: 44  The largest non-retail employers in the city include the Edmonds School District, the city government, and Automatic Data Processing (ADP).[60] Clothing retailer Zumiez and knife manufacturer SOG Specialty Knives are headquartered in Lynnwood.[62][63]


The 1960 census counted 7,207 residents within Lynnwood city limits, which grew by 134 percent to nearly 17,000 by the 1970 census.[66] From 1970 to 1990, the city's population nearly doubled, fueled by annexations and suburban development.[67] During this period, Lynnwood gained a significant population of Asian Americans, primarily of Korean and Vietnamese origin, eventually growing to 14 percent of the city's population by 2000.[68][69] The estimated population of Lynnwood was 36,420 in 2015, with an additional 28,973 people living outside city limits in Lynnwood's urban growth area. By 2035, the Lynnwood area is projected to have a population of over 92,000 people, including 54,400 people within the current city limits.[70] Lynnwood residents had an estimated median household income of $47,700 in 2011, ranking lower than comparable suburban cities in the Seattle metropolitan area.[39]: 12 

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 census, there were 35,836 people, 13,950 households, and 8,501 families residing in the city of Lynnwood. The population density was 4,570.9 inhabitants per square mile (1,764.8/km2). There were 14,939 housing units at an average density of 1,905.5 per square mile (735.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 68.2% White (58.6% non-Hispanic white), 5.5% African American, 1.1% Native American, 17.3% Asian, 0.5% Pacific Islander, 6.6% from other races, and 5.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.3% of the population.[2]

There were 14,107 households, of which 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.6% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.7% were non-families. 30.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.50 and the average family size was 4.87.[2]

The median age in the city was 37.3 years. 21.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28% were from 25 to 44; 26.2% were from 45 to 64; and 13.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49% male and 51% female.[2]

2000 census[edit]

As of the 2000 census, there were 33,847 people, 13,328 households, and 8,330 families residing in the city of Lynnwood. The population density was 4,431.2 people per square mile (1,710.5/km2). There were 13,808 housing units at an average density of 1,807.7 per square mile (697.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 74.3% White, 3.3% African American, 1.0% Native American, 13.87% Asian, 0.40% Pacific Islander, 2.80% from other races, and 4.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 29.96% of the population.[71]

There were 13,328 households, out of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.3% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.5% were non-families. 29.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.13.[71]

In the city, the age distribution of the population shows 24.4% under the age of 18, 10.4% from 18 to 24, 32.1% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.0 males.[71]

The median income for a household in the city was $22,814, and the median income for a family was $21,825. Males had a median income of $27,395 versus $30,070 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,971. About 16.2% of families and 23.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.8% of those under age 18 and 12.2% of those age 65 or over.[71]


The Lynnwood Police Department has 70 officers and 38 support staff, overseen by chief Tom Davis since his appointment to the position in August 2016.[72] In 2015, Lynnwood had 81 violent crimes and 2,162 property crimes reported to law enforcement.[73] The city's violent crime rate was 220 per 100,000 people, ranking below the national and state averages; the property crime rate of 5,861 per 100,000 people was significantly above the national and state averages.[74][75] Lynnwood has a relatively low overall crime rate compared to cities of the same size in Washington state, but ranks high for property crime, particularly larceny attributed to the nearby Alderwood Mall.[74][76] In an effort to curb traffic violations, the city government installed twelve red light cameras and four school zone cameras that took approximately 44,000 photos per year as of 2017[update] and generated $3.4 million in ticket revenue in 2018.[77][78]

The 2008 rape of a teenage woman in Lynnwood, part of a serial rape case, was the subject of "An Unbelievable Story of Rape", an article published by ProPublica and the Marshall Project and the winner of a Pulitzer Prize. It was adapted into the true crime miniseries Unbelievable for Netflix in 2019.[79][80] Between 2008 and 2012, Lynnwood police had labeled 21 percent of rape cases as "unfounded", five times the national average for similarly sized municipalities.[81] The victim, known as "Marie", was initially dismissed by detectives with the Lynnwood police department before the assailant, a serial rapist, was charged and convicted for the rapes of five more women. The city government agreed to a $150,000 settlement in the victim's lawsuit in 2014 and later changed the police department's procedures on sexual assault investigations.[79][82]

Government and politics[edit]

Lynnwood is defined as a non-charter code city and operates under a mayor–council government, with a full-time mayor and city council elected by residents.[83][84] The mayor serves a four-year term, with no term limits, and is joined in the Executive Department by an Executive Assistant and Assistant City Administrator.[85] Since her election in 2013, Nicola Smith has been mayor of Lynnwood; she previously served as dean of Edmonds College, but had no other political experience when she defeated incumbent mayor Don Gough.[86]

The Lynnwood city council is composed of seven residents who are elected in at-large, non-partisan elections to four-year terms that are staggered every two years. The council also appoints a city manager to oversee city operations.[87] The council's meetings are held twice per month in a chamber at Lynnwood's city hall.[88] According to the Washington State Auditor, Lynnwood's municipal government employs 373 people full-time and operates on a biennial budget of $197.5 million.[87] The municipal government provides emergency services, water and sewage utilities, street maintenance, parks and recreation, and the municipal court and jail.[87][89]

At the federal level, Lynnwood has been part of Washington's 2nd congressional district since 2012,[90] represented by Democrat Rick Larsen.[91] Prior to the 2012 redistricting in Washington, Lynnwood was part of the 1st congressional district, represented by Jay Inslee.[92] At the state level, the city has been part of the 32nd legislative district since 2012.[90][93] Lynnwood is wholly part of the Snohomish County Council's 3rd district, alongside Edmonds and Woodway.[94]


Public schools in Lynnwood are operated by the Edmonds School District, which also serves the cities of Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, and Woodway.[95] The district had an enrollment of approximately 20,847 students in 2014 and has 41 schools, of which 16 are located in or around Lynnwood.[96][97] The Edmonds School District has three high schools located in the Lynnwood area: Lynnwood High School, Meadowdale High School, and Scriber Lake High School.[97] The Lynnwood High School was originally located adjacent to Alderwood Mall, but moved to a new campus a mile (1.6 km) east on North Road in northern Bothell.[98]

Lynnwood is also home to two post-secondary educational institutions. Edmonds College, established in 1967,[99] offers two-year degree programs and other services. It enrolls an average of 11,100 students per quarter.[100]Central Washington University offers four-year bachelor's degrees in select programs at its Lynnwood campus, which it has shared with Edmonds College since 1975.[101][102]

Lynnwood also has several private schools, both religious and secular, including The Soundview School, St, Thomas More Parish, and the Brighton School.[103]


Parks and recreation[edit]

The city of Lynnwood has over 350 acres (140 ha) of open space in 19 community and neighborhood parks, as well as 14 miles (23 km) of recreational trails.[104] Part of the open space is set aside as natural conservation areas, including Lund's Gulch and Scriber Creek. The city also has special recreational facilities, including a municipal golf course, skate park, sports fields, a water park, and a senior center.[52][55]: 6.4  Central Lynnwood has two major parks: the Scriber Lake nature reserve; and Wilcox Park, the first park in the city, established in 1962.[105] The city government also organizes several regular community events, including the annual Fair on 44th block party, movie screenings, and Shakespeare in the Park.[106]


From 1958 to 2012, Lynnwood and southern Snohomish County were served by a weekly newspaper, The Enterprise. The newspaper was acquired by The Everett Herald in 1996 and renamed to The Weekly Herald in 2011.[107]The Weekly Herald published its final issue on August 29, 2012, due to revenue issues.[107] Lynnwood is also part of the Seattle–Tacoma media market, and is served by Seattle-based media outlets including The Seattle Times;[108] broadcast television stations KOMO-TV, KING-TV, KIRO-TV, and KCPQ-TV; and various radio stations.[109][110] Non-commercial radio station KSER was based in Lynnwood from 1991 to 1994, when it moved to Everett.[111]

Lynnwood opened its municipal library in 1971, contracting services to the regional Sno-Isle Libraries district.[112] The library is the most-visited in the system, which serves most of Snohomish and Island counties, with 504,000 annual visits as of 2012[update].[113] Lynnwood residents voted in 2006 to be annexed into the Sno-Isle Libraries district, also approving an expansion and modernization that took place in 2013.[114]

Historical preservation[edit]

Lynnwood has one property listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP): Keeler's Korner, an automobile service station built in 1927 on Highway 99 at 164th Street Southwest.[115][116]

The Alderwood Manor Heritage Association was formed in 1991 after the demolition of the oldest home in Alderwood Manor, located east of Lynnwood city limits.[117] The preservation group succeeded in saving other early 20th century homes that were slated for demolition during a highway expansion, moving them to a new, city-owned park. The $1.8 million Heritage Park, opened in 2004, includes the Tudor-style, timber-framed Wickers Building, originally built in 1919; a cottage built for the Alderwood Manor superintendent in 1917; and a restored Interurban trolley car.[118][119]

The city has two other buildings determined to be eligible for a NRHP listing: the Masonic Temple, built in 1921; and a former schoolhouse built in 1917. Both buildings are located near the city center southwest of Alderwood Mall.[120]

Notable people[edit]

Notable people from Lynnwood include:

  • Kenneth Bae, missionary and North Korean prisoner[121]
  • Steven W. Bailey, actor[122]
  • Randy Couture, UFC/MMA fighter and actor[123]
  • Myles Gaskin, American football player[124]
  • Paul Kenneth Keller, serial arsonist[125]
  • Paul Lyttle, curler[126]
  • Tom McGrath, animator and film director[127]
  • Edward Nixon, brother of President Richard Nixon[128]
  • Travis Snider, professional baseball player[129]
  • Layne Staley, rock musician[130]
  • Katie Thurston, television personality, contestant and star on The Bachelorette[131]



Lynnwood is located at the northern junction of Interstate 5 and Interstate 405, the two primary north–south freeways in the Seattle metropolitan area.[132]: 17  Interstate 5 continues south to Downtown Seattle, and north to Everett and Vancouver, British Columbia; Interstate 405 continues south to Bellevue and the Eastside, and north to Mukilteo as State Route 525. Lynnwood has two additional state highways: State Route 99, running north to Everett and south to Seattle; and State Route 524, connecting to Edmonds in the west as 196th Street Southwest.[133]

Public transportation in Lynnwood is provided by Community Transit, which serves most of Snohomish County, and Sound Transit, the regional system serving the entire metropolitan area. Most bus service in Lynnwood is concentrated at hubs, including the Lynnwood Transit Center, Ash Way Park and Ride, and Edmonds College. Community Transit operates local routes, including Swift bus rapid transit on State Route 99, and peak-only commuter service to Downtown Seattle and the University of Washington.[134][135] Sound Transit operates all-day express service from Lynnwood Transit Center and Ash Way Park and Ride to Downtown Seattle and Downtown Bellevue.[136] In 2024, Sound Transit will begin operating Link light rail service to Lynnwood Transit Center, connecting it to Downtown Seattle and the Bellevue–Redmond area.[137] Light rail service is planned to be extended north to Downtown Everett, via Ash Way and Paine Field, in 2036.[138][139]


Electric power in Lynnwood is provided by the Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD), a consumer-owned public utility that serves all of Snohomish County.[140]Puget Sound Energy provides natural gas service to the city;[141] Lynnwood is also the terminus of a minor gas pipeline operated by the Northwest Pipeline Company.[142]

The City of Lynnwood provides municipal tap water service, sourced from Everett's Spada Lake Reservoir,[143] as well as sanitary sewer and wastewater treatment. The city's wastewater treatment plant treats 5 million gallons per day (19,000 m3) that is discharged into Puget Sound.[144] The unincorporated areas surrounding Lynnwood to the north and east are served by the Alderwood Water District; the district also operates an artesian well in northern Lynnwood that has gained popularity for its quality.[145] The city contracts with Republic Services and Waste Management for garbage, recycling, and yard waste disposal.[146]

Health care[edit]

Lynnwood does not have any general hospitals, but is located near the Edmonds branch of Swedish Medical Center, formerly known as Stevens Hospital.[147][148] The city has several community and specialty clinics operated by regional healthcare providers, including the Community Health Center of Snohomish County,[149]Virginia Mason, and The Everett Clinic.[150][151]

Sister cities[edit]


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