At A Glance

Mountlake Terrace Welcome Sign surrounded by a flower bush
  1. Stephen Clifton

    Assistant City Manager
    Phone: 425-744-6209

Community Overview 
Mountlake Terrace’s location provides easy access to many regional attractions as well as local employment centers. Three transit lines serve Mountlake Terrace providing faster and easier commutes to Seattle and other neighboring cities, as well as the University of Washington, Washington State University and Edmonds Community College. As the southern gateway to Snohomish County, the fastest growing county in Washington State, Mountlake Terrace will be the first northbound light rail stop in Snohomish County.  Much of Mountlake Terrace is within a 5-10 minutes.

In 2009, the current plan won the Governor’s Smart Community Award for Livable and Vibrant Communities. The city is in the process of Updating the Town Center Subarea Plan intended to invigorate and revitalize the city center and encourage development. The city is investing in new infrastructure such as roads, park improvements, utilities, new and widened sidewalks, bike lanes, street trees, new City Hall, Police Station addition, Town Center Park Plaza and Gateway Plaza (near future Light Rail Station) to ensure that it is well-positioned to facilitate investment and accommodate redevelopment and revitalization opportunities within the Town Center and near the future light rail station.

Encouraging economic development, while at the same time enhancing the city’s quality of life and concern for the environment, Mountlake Terrace has adopted a Sustainability Strategy, Economic Vitality Strategy and Transit Service Strategy.

Community well-being and public safety are also priorities; residents are served by an excellent recreational system, four hospital systems within a 10-mile radius and an outstanding and diligent Police Department.

Mountlake Terrace’s 260+ acres of parks and playfields offer a variety of recreational opportunities including its popular Recreation Pavilion, nine neighborhood parks, three sports complexes, and 14 sports fields. The city maintains miles of trails, including Lakeview Trail which connects the Mountlake Terrace Transit Center to the regional Interurban Trail. The city also hosts Tour de Terrace, a Seafair summer festival that attracts thousands of people from all over the region, and Arts of the Terrace Juried Art Show held each fall; the show is celebrated its 41st anniversary in 2019.

2019 Demographics

Population 21,980 (2021)
Median Age 37
Median Household Income $66,512
Average Home Price $327,600
Households 8,990
Jobs 7,795


Everett:15.6 Miles
Bellevue: 21.6 Miles
Redmond: 18.7 Miles
Seattle: 13.8 Miles
Skiing: 68 Miles
Boating: 5 Miles

School District

K-12 School District
Edmonds School District

Major Employers

Premera/Blue Cross
Umpqua Bank
Edmonds School District
City of Mountlake Terrace

Education / Medical

Higher Education:
Edmonds Community College (2.5 miles)
University of Washington (10 miles)
Washington State University Everett (18.4 miles)

Swedish Medical Center (.5 miles)
University of Washington Medical Center (12.3 miles)
Providence Medical Center Everett (18.1 miles)