Smokey Point

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Smokey Point
Smokey Point (Washington)
Smokey Point
Smokey Point
Location in Washington
Basic data
State : United States
State : Washington
County : Snohomish County
Coordinates : 48 ° 9 ′  N , 122 ° 12 ′  W Coordinates: 48 ° 9 ′  N , 122 ° 12 ′  W
Time zone : Pacific ( UTC − 8 / −7 )
Residents : 1,556 (as of: United States Census 2000 )
Population density : 228.8 inhabitants per km 2
Area : 6.9 km 2  (approx. 3 mi 2 ) of
which 6.8 km 2  (approx. 3 mi 2 ) is land
Height : 38 m
Postcodes : 98223, 98271
Area code : +1 360
FIPS : 53-64995
GNIS ID : 1512665
Snohomish County Washington Incorporated and Unincorporated areas Smokey Point Highlighted.svg
Location of Smokey Point in Snohomish County

Smokey Point is a parish and a former census-designated place in northern Snohomish County in the US state of Washington . The area, developed as a dormitory town in the late 20th century, was annexed in the 1990s and 2000s by the nearby cities of Arlington and Marysville .


Settled in the early 20th century, Smokey Point was originally known as Rex Corner , after owning a restaurant on then US Route 99 and Lakewood Road (now Smokey Point Boulevard and 172nd Street NE and Washington State Route) in the 1930s 531 ). The restaurant was sold in 1946 to Eric and Pearl Shurstad, who renovated it, converted it into a barbecue restaurant and renamed it "Smokey Point Café". Highway 99 was bypassed by Interstate 5 in the late 1960s ; A crossing was built in Smokey Point and the gravel pits became the Gissberg Ponds (now Twin Lakes ).

In 1966 the area was proposed for the construction of a 4-year public college when the city of Arlington offered 261 hectares. However, the state government decided to build it in Olympia , now the Evergreen State College .

By 1977 the population of the area between Arlington and Marysville including Smokey Point had grown to 16,000 as a result of suburban development. In 1979, the Snohomish County Sherriff's Office established a police station on the existing fire station .

By the early 1990s, Smokey Point was zoned to aid industrial development by designating some areas for industrial settlement. After the opening of Naval Station Everett in 1994, the US Navy chose Smokey Point as a base for rear services with a police station , offices and a college. The 21 hectare complex was started in 1993 and completed in 1995.

The Puget Sound Regional Council , a regional planning organization, studied the expansion of Arlington Municipal Airport into a regional airport in the 1990s to take the pressure off Seattle-Tacoma International Airport , but decided to build one due to the existing traffic and local opposition third runway on the Sea-Tac . In September 2004, Marysville was awarded the contract to build a 340 acre NASCAR racetrack (which should be operated by the International Speedway Corporation ) south of Smokey Point. The project was stopped two months later because the environmental impact of the races was too great and the cost of improving traffic had risen to US $ 70 million. The NASCAR property was offered as a candidate for a new campus at the University of Washington (become known as the University of Washington North Sound ) in the late 2000s . The area competed with downtown Everett before the project was put on hold in 2008 and halted in 2011.

Dispute about the annexation

In the early 1990s, following a controversial zoning plan for the area, some landowners began efforts to have large parts of Smokey Point annexed to Arlington. At around the same time, other landowners sought to incorporate the same areas into Marysville. The group targeting Arlington was first able to meet the required threshold of 60% of the land assessed so that their plan moved forward.

The city of Marysville, as the operator of the water supply and sanitation of the area, had a legitimate interest in the incorporation and mastered this challenge together with the residents of the community by adding their land to Snohomish County Marysvill by the state Boundary Review Board .

There was a single Arlington-Smokey Point-Marysville Urban Growth Boundary at the time , so confusion arose as to which part of which city should be added. After many meetings with officials from Snohomish County , the two cities ended the dispute by designating their own expansion areas for future incorporations. Arlington got the northeastern part of Smokey Point, Marysville got the western and southern parts. When this result was presented to the community, however, there was fierce opposition because the community had decided to annex it by a city, not a division. However, the county council had the final say and decided the division.

To further complicate matters, there was a little-known state law that the annexed territory, previously served by the Lakewood School District , would be supplied by the annexing community. If the entire business district had been transferred from Smokey Point to Arlington now, the Lakewood School District would have had to accept an unacceptable restriction on the tax base.

Because of these facts, a group called Save Our Community and Schools (SOCS) was founded by some residents . SOCS worked tirelessly with local MPs to bring about a change in the law to protect the Lakewood School District . These efforts were successful and the Lakewood School District still exists to this day.

After a lot of feedback from residents, SOCS formulated a Notice of Intent for Incorporation , which would create the City of Smokey Point-Lakewood. However, the proposal was put on hold because state law stipulates that local authority recognitions cannot be made while amalgamations are in progress.

After years of controversial legal proceedings, lawsuits, changed demarcations and fierce resistance from the local population, the issue of incorporation was decided in 1999 when Arlington annexed the northeastern part of Smokey Point. However, only a small percentage of the annexed area was that of the originally intended, as the expansion limits of the cities had meanwhile been redefined. As a result of the annexation, efforts to maintain Smokey Point as a community ended; hopes for recognition also had to be buried. As expected, the western and southern areas were incorporated into Marysville in the following years.

Current economic growth

There has been substantial economic growth in Smokey Point in recent years. Most recently, the western portion of Smokey Point (within the City of Marysville) has seen much of this growth. At the end of 2006, the “Lakewood Crossing” industrial park was opened, immediately west of the Interstate 5 exit to Smokey Point (exit 206); the first stores to open were those of Costco , Target and Red Robin . Best Buy , Office Depot and Petco are also represented here. In the eastern part of Smokey Point (within the City of Arlington), a Wienerschnitzel and a Taco Del Mar restaurant opened in May 2007 ; A Walmart followed in the winter of 2010 and the Smokey Point Bakery Cafe in 2011 .


According to the United States Census Bureau , the CDP occupies a total of 6.9 km², of which 6.8 km² are land and the remainder is water.


year Residents¹
1990 2,620
2000 1,556

¹ 1990–2000: census results

As of the 2000 census , Smokey Point had 1,556 residents, 628 households, and 425 families. The population density was 229.3 per km ². There were 649 housing units at a mean density of 95.6 per km².

The population was 87.15% White , 1.41% African American , 0.77% Native American , 4.82% Asian , 0.32% Pacific Islander , 1.35% from other "races" and 4.18% from two or more "races" . Hispanics or Latinos of "any race" made up 5.78% of the population.

Of the 628 households, 32.2% had children under the age of 18, 58.1% were run by married couples living together , 6.2% by single mothers; 32.3% were non-families. 25% of households were singles and 11.3% were single people over 65 years of age. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.99 people.

The median age in the city was 37 years. 25.4% of the population were under 18, 7% between 18 and 24, 30.7% between 25 and 44, 20.2% between 45 and 64 and 16.7 65 years or older. There were 99.5 men for every 100 women, and 97.1 men for every 100 women over the age of 18.

All information on median income relates to the median. The median household income was US $ 46,202 compared to US $ 53,828 for families. Men had a median income of US $ 37,614 versus US $ 30,250 for women. The per capita income was US $ 20,133. None of the families and 4.1% of the total population lived below the poverty line ; this did not affect any of the under 18 year olds and 10.3% of the over 65 year olds.


There are several major arteries traversing Smokey Point: Interstate 5 , Smokey Point Boulevard (formerly US Route 99 ), Washington State Route 531 (also called 172nd Street NE ), and 51st Avenue NE .


The closest hospital ( Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics ) is in Arlington. Smokey Point has its own polyclinic, the Cascade Skagit Health Alliance Clinic , which provides primary and specialized medical care. Located on 172nd Street NE , the clinic has approximately 68 offices and can treat up to 31,000 patients annually.

Individual evidence

  1. Chuck Barnier: How Smokey Point got its name . In: The Arlington Times , June 2, 2004, p. A6. Retrieved January 26, 2017. 
  2. Julie Muhlstein: Website finds stories behind county's historic corners . In: The Everett Herald , December 20, 2014. Retrieved January 26, 2017. 
  3. ^ Julie Muhlstein: Once rural lakes are now surrounded . In: The Everett Herald , September 28, 2006. Retrieved January 26, 2017. 
  4. Constantine Angelos: 2 Communities To Make Bids For College . In: The Seattle Times , Aug 1, 1966, p. 18. 
  5. Jerry Cornfield: Is it finally our turn for a college? . In: The Everett Herald , March 3, 2007. Archived from the original on March 7, 2007. Retrieved January 25, 2017. 
  6. Jane Cartwright: Farmer puts his eggs in more than one basket . In: The Seattle Times , Aug. 24, 1977, p. H1. 
  7. ^ County gets north precinct . In: The Seattle Times , March 7, 1979, p. H5. 
  8. ^ Karen Milburn: Smokey Point developers clear on sales prospects for their 'ready-to-go land' . In: The Seattle Times , Nov. 13, 1991, p. C10. 
  9. Diane Brooks: Navy opts out of Tulalip deal; support complex to be at Smokey Point . In: The Seattle Times , Nov. 11, 1992, p. D1. 
  10. Diane Brooks: Work to start soon at Smokey Point; value for land for home-port support complex remains unsettled . In: The Seattle Times , Jul 6, 1993, p. B1. 
  11. Tyche Hendricks: Eagerly awaiting stores' opening-Navy exchange, commissary ready . In: The Seattle Times , June 5, 1995, p. B1. Retrieved January 25, 2017. 
  12. ^ Diane Brooks: Airport-site battle heats up . In: The Seattle Times , September 12, 1994, p. B1. 
  13. Diane Brooks: Roar of 3,500 airport foes: motion to urge third runway at Sea-Tac, not new airport . In: The Seattle Times , September 22, 1994, p. B1. 
  14. ^ Keith Seinfeld: Runway battle to land in court: regional panel OKs Sea-Tac expansion . In: The Seattle Times , Jul 12, 1996, p. A1. 
  15. Emily Heffter: NASCAR racetrack developer selects site near Marysville . In: The Seattle Times , September 24, 2004, p. A1. Retrieved January 26, 2017. 
  16. Emily Heffter: Racetrack plans fall apart: Officials wary of burden on taxpayers . In: The Seattle Times , November 23, 2004, p. A1. Retrieved January 26, 2017. 
  17. ^ Lynn Thompson: Push for 4-year college revs up . In: The Seattle Times , August 17, 2005, p. H18. Retrieved January 26, 2017. 
  18. Lynn Thompson: UW north campus: The question is where . In: The Seattle Times , Jan 18, 2008, p. B2. Retrieved January 24, 2017. 
  19. ^ UW Snohomish County campus plans delayed again . In: Seattle Post-Intelligencer , December 2, 2008. Retrieved January 24, 2017. 
  20. ^ Katherine Long: WSU branch campus one step closer for Everett . In: The Seattle Times , May 24, 2011, p. A1. Retrieved January 26, 2017. 
  21. RCW 35.13.176: Territory subject to annexation proposal - When annexation by another city or incorporation allowed. In: Revised Code of Washington (RCW). Washington State Legislature, accessed May 15, 2019 .
  22. CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING (1790-2000) . US Census Bureau . Archived from the original on July 8, 2010. Retrieved July 30, 2010.
  23. American FactFinder . United States Census Bureau . Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  24. Wolcott, John: Another health care pair . In: The Daily Herald , April 16, 2012, p. A6. Archived from the original on April 17, 2012. Retrieved on April 17, 2012. 

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