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Bothell, Washington is one of the most energetic of Seattle’s suburbs. School sports play an important role in the community, and the steadily increasing population is involved in a multitude of community events, especially during the summer months.

A city that once served as a bedroom community for residents who commuted to Seattle and other nearby communities, Bothell is now home to major employers in the fields of technology, manufacturing, engineering, and publishing. With more than 20,000 jobs available, Bothell has become a regional employment center. The population grew by 18% from 2000 through 2013, standing at 35,576 at last count.

Real Estate

Along with it population, home prices in Bothell have been steadily increasing, with a rise of 11.8% from mid-2014 to mid-2015. During this time the number of homes sold also increased by more than 4%.

As of late 2015, several homes are offered at $1 million or more, while only a few are listed at less than $300,000. The median selling price over the summer was $392,000 while the average listing price stands at about $485,000. About 40% of the homes offered for sale are new construction, but more resale homes are expected, since a number of homes approximating 20% of the current inventory are in the “coming soon” category due to impending foreclosure.

Oddly, residents of Bothell live in two different Counties. Although the city only comprises 12.12 square miles, some of that area is in King County, and some is in Snohomish County. This causes a bit of confusion, as most streets in Bothell are numbered rather than named, and the numbers change when they cross county lines. For example, 23rd Avenue SE in Snohomish County becomes 104th Avenue NE when it enters King County.

A bit of history

In the early 1800s, this section of the Sammamish River Valley was inhabited by Native Americans of the Sammamish tribe. Then, after the Puget Sound War in 1956, the Sammamish were relocated to reservations.

European settlement began in 1870, when Columbus Green leaf and George Wilson filed land claims in the area now vacated by the Sammamish. They settled in and built homes, and over the next six years, were followed by eight more families.

Commercial logging began in 1876, when Canadian George Brackett bought land and built a camp in what is now downtown Bothell. Over the next several years, a sawmill, a store, and a school were constructed.

In 1885 Brackett sold 80 acres to David Bothell, a settler from Pennsylvania. Later, Bothell sold part of his holdings to the man who would later become the town’s first postmaster, and who would, in 1888, name the community Bothell. The town was officially incorporated in 1909.

Aside from a local railroad that transported coal through the town from Issaquah, most goods and passengers were carried by boat until 1917, when Lake Washington was lowered and the river no longer held sufficient water. A brick road was built from Seattle to transport passengers and other goods, but without water to transport the logs, the logging economy declined quickly.

Bothell became a farming community and ceased to grow until after World War II, when better highways and the post-war boom heralded suburban development. New neighborhood and a series of annexations expanded both Bothell’s size and its population. A sleepy community of 1,000 in 1950, the population topped 30,000 by 2006.

Bothell today …

Bothell was a bedroom community, with residents commuting to other cities for work. Then in the late 1990s, a campus of the University of Washington opened in Bothell and business development brought new jobs. Now, with more than thirty firms operating in Bothell, employment has topped 20,000. In addition, the U.S. Army has a Reserve base near Bothell’s border with the town of Brier.

Employers include companies such as the Seattle Times, OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals, Blue Heron Biotechnology,?Amgen, Iverson Genetic Diagnostics, Philips Medical Systems,?AT&T, Leviton Voice & Data,?T-Mobile, Panasonic?Avionics Corporation,RH2 Engineering, and Neah Power Systems.

Although not as affluent as some in neighboring cities, citizens are doing well. At $36,455 (in 2013) income per capita in Bothell?was 18.9% greater than the Washington average and 30% greater than the National average. The poverty rate was 40.5% less than the National average.


Bothell residents are big on education. Not only do a larger percentage of adult residents hold degrees at all levels, residents believe in educating their children well. Bothell has 20 public schools and 7 private schools, two of which are Montessori Schools. Citizens also have their choice of a variety of pre-schools.

Cascadia College?and the?University of Washington, Bothell, share the same campus, and enjoy similar high regard. In 2014 Money Magazine ranked the University of Washington Bothell at #37 in the nation among all colleges and universities. Washington Monthly ranked it as #6 in their “Best Bang for the Buck” rankings of colleges and universities. In 2006, Cascadia College was named the second best community college in the nation, behind Atlanta Technical College.

School sports are also important, and football games are seen as major cultural events for the community. Bothell’s?Pop Keeney Stadium hosts games for several local high schools, including Inglemoor, Woodinville, and Bothell High Schools.


The two primary shopping centers in Bothell are Country Village Shops and Alderwood Mall. Between the two, they offer residents and visitors a vast array of choices, from small sole-proprietor shops to stores known nation-wide.

Country Village Shops is more than a collection of shops, it’s a destination in itself. With a large collection of boutiques and specialty stores, eateries, theaters, arts centers, spas, hair salons, pet grooming, and even pony and train rides, it has something for everyone.

A main attraction for some is Courtyard Hall – the perfect place for meetings, events, and even weddings. Special events for both kids and adults are scheduled almost every week-end of the year.

During the summer months, Country Village also offers the Bothell Farmer’s Market from noon to 6 p.m. on Fridays. Choose from hand-crafted items, fresh baked goods, cut flowers, and of course, locally grown fruits and vegetables.

Alderwood Mall offers the “big brand” stores such as Macys, Sears, Nordstrom, and JCPenneys, along with a host of other well-known name brand stores. Dining choices are abundant, with offerings from sandwiches to sushi, steaks, or seafood.

When you’re in the mood for entertainment, the Mall offers AMC Theaters, with 16-screens to choose from.

Staying over?

Bothell offers a variety of lodging from simple motels to 3-star hotels.

Night Life

While most travel to Seattle for a night on the town, Bothell does offer a few neighborhood bars and pubs, and restaurants that offer fine dining, with live entertainment on the week-ends.

Things to do in Bothell

While the citizens of Bothell do share in festivals and celebrations in neighboring cities, they have plenty of their own.

Major annual events throughout the year in Bothell include:

The City of Bothell Freedom Festival. This two-day festival includes the annual 4th of July parade plus a reenactment of the Battle of Concord.

The Bothell Music in the Park Concert Series, offered every Friday in July and August, come rain or shine. There’s no admittance fee, but attendees need to bring their own blankets or chairs.

RiverFest—Family Fun and Then Some: Held each year in august, this event includes a Kiwanis car show, a hobby and volunteer expo, a local resource fair, a pie-eating contest, and a variety of children’s activities.

The Summits of Bothell bike ride, held in conjunction with the RiverFest events. This 38-mile ride takes participants over the 8 summits of Bothell , pushing their endurance with 3,250 foot vertical elevation gains.

Other annual events include the Greater Bothell Arts & Crafts Fair, La Fiesta Viva, the Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Carving, the Tree Lighting, and Santa’s Arrival at Bothell Landing.

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