Snohomish County Spotlight
One of the fastest-growing counties in the state, Snohomish County is a booming hub for the state’s largest manufacturing and technology industries. Home to Boeing’s largest parts manufacturing plant, Snohomish County has seen immense growth in the past few decades as the aerospace industry has attracted people to the Puget Sound. Everett, the county seat and one of the state’s largest cities, has quickly become a commuter community closely connected to Seattle and continues to grow as the county expands. Despite the county’s close connections to the urban metropolis of Seattle, Snohomish County has retained much of its original natural appeal and features a wide variety of recreational activities to enjoy, ranging from hiking opportunities on the Granite Mountain to water activities on Lake Stevens.
First occupied by the Snohomish people, modern-day Snohomish County hosts three federally recognized Native American tribes: the Stillaguamish, the Sauk-Seattle, and the Tulalip. With a thriving casino, outlet mall, hotel, and other standalone stores, the Tulalip tribe has achieved measurable economic success and continues to expand their business undertakings. In 2012, the Tulalip tribe opened the Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve, which acts as an art gallery and natural history museum highlighting the customs and culture of the Tulalip people.
In 1980, Snohomish County became the fourth county in the state to adopt a “Home Rule” Charter. The charter, designed to give more power to county officials and residents over the governance of the county, changed the three-member commissioner system to a five-member council with a council-appointed executive. Every ten years, voters appoint a county review council to develop a list of charter revisions for voters to approve; the most recent revisionary year was in 2016.