Incorporated in 1903, Arlington is the scenic northern gateway to the Mountain Loop Highway and has some of the most spectacularly beautiful scenery in the United States. Surrounded by forest and mountain wildlife sanctuaries, it began as a lumber town with shingle mills sawmills, and logging camps. Today there are still many historical buildings that add to Arlington’s small town charm.
The city and the immediate area is primarily suburban and rural residential with supporting retail and commercial enterprises. Light industrial and manufacturing business are located in the central portions of the city around the city-owned Arlington Airport. Unlike many small towns, Arlington maintains a local employment force.
With 19 city parks for residents to enjoy, Arlington has a reputation of being a town that is both beautiful and functional. It is a community that is laid back but still on the cutting edge of technology. The city has experienced continued growth over the last twenty years, increasing population by over 450%. Its current population is about 15,000 and is expected to double by 2025.
Thanks to the fact that Microsoft has located some of their facilities in Snohomish County, Arlington and nearby communities can offer some of the best public schools in the country. Education is rated very highly here and is well funded, not only by Microsoft, but also by other companies in the region. Opportunities for higher education are available by a short commute to Everett Community College or a little longer trip to Seattle and the University of Washington.
Situated near the banks of the Stillaguamish River, Arlington offers a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities, including fishing, river rafting, and hiking. Arlington is also part of the Centennial Trail System which is a walking, jogging, biking, and horseback riding trail. Proximity to larger cities affords cultural availability with ballet, theatre, symphony, opera, museums and more. Professional sporting events occur nearly every weekend. Many local churches offer the opportunity for a vibrant spiritual life, too and community volunteer options are also available.
It’s not uncommon to find tiny homes on large parcels of land. Nicer homes on smaller lots can be purchased for a reasonable price. Even three-bedroom, two-bath new construction is priced to sell quickly. For those with a little more money to spend, you can buy a gorgeous view home on acreage.