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Area Description

General Information

The Community
Edmonds, a vibrant city located just 15 miles north of Seattle and 18 miles south of Everett, is easy to reach by Amtrak and Sound Transit commuter rail, Community Transit buses, Washington State Ferries, automobiles and bicycles. Edmonds was a well-established town by the turn of the century and the present urban form preserves many characteristics of its historic origins. The community's location along the west-facing slopes of Puget Sound provides many amenities, including extensive views of the water and Olympic Mountains, access to four beaches and waterfront parks, and convenient access to a compact, walkable downtown area.
Historic Development
The community that became the City of Edmonds grew out of a homestead and logging operation started by George Brackett in 1876. Incorporated in 1890, the original townsite is now occupied primarily by the downtown and adjacent residential areas. The Great Northern Railroad reached the town in 1891 and for many years provided access for goods and passenger travel. Although fires destroyed many of the waterfront mills, shingle production continued to be the primary industry in the city into the 1940s. Ferry service to Kingston began in 1923 when a ferry terminal was built near the location of the existing ferry dock. The present ferry terminal was built in the early 1950s after acquisition of the ferry system by the State of Washington.
The city continued to grow during the 1940s and 50s, resulting in a more active role of the municipality in providing water, sewer and streets for residential and commercial expansion. The Port district was formed in 1948 and began waterfront improvements. Completion of Interstate 5 and increased growth in the Puget Sound region led to a gradual change in the character of the city with more emphasis on residential development and a decline in the retail importance of the downtown.
The City provides many amenities for residents and visitors. An active arts and cultural community contributes to the strong sense of civic pride widely shared in the community. There are numerous well-kept residential neighborhoods, a viable economic base, and an active, involved citizenry.
Population and Employment
As of April 2011, the population of the City of Edmonds has grown to 39,800. The rate of population growth has been relatively stable at about 1% per year with major increases occurring primarily as a result of annexations in the 1960s and 1970s. Based on forecasted continued growth at 1% per year, the population in 2025 is projected to be 44,880.
Over the last decade, employment within the city has grown somewhat faster than population, increasing about 2.7% per year. In 2000, the city had an estimated 10,154 jobs with the largest portion of those in services (39.5%). Retail trade and government accounted for 26% and 14% of employment, respectively. The remaining 20.5 percent of the jobs were in construction (7.6 percent); manufacturing (1.6 percent); wholesale trade, transportation, communication and utilities (5.5 percent); and education (5.8 percent).
The existing transportation system consists of a complete network of arterials, collectors and local streets. Three major arterials provide links to major centers and to the ferry system.
The Burlington Northern Railroad runs adjacent to the city's shoreline; the rail line is currently used for freight, AMTRAK passenger rail service and Sound Transit commuter rail service. Bus service is provided by Community Transit throughout the City and a Community Transit station was opened as a part of the Sound Transit Edmonds Station located between Dayton and Main Streets in 2011.
The Edmonds-Kingston Ferry connects south Snohomish County and north King County with the northern Kitsap Peninsula and points west on the Olympic Peninsula via the Hood Canal Bridge. This ferry route carries the highest number of vehicles and second highest number of passengers for all state ferry routes.
Area: 8.9 square miles
Shoreline: 5.2 linear miles
Population: 39,800
County: Snohomish
Incorporated: 1890
Form of Government: Mayor/Council
Mean January Temperature: 40.1 degrees (average low=35.2 degrees)
Mean July Temperature: 65.2 degrees (average high=75.2 degrees)
Annual Precipitation: 37.2 inches

Region Characteristics

Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   1.) My #1 favorite thing about Edmonds is that I get to live here
There is a lot of community pride here in Edmonds and I join the ranks. The neighborly feeling extends to our guests, and we welcome you to visit Edmonds and discover Your Top 5 Things to Love About Edmonds.

2.) You can be at the beach in a matter of minutes from anywhere
We know we’re lucky. Edmonds is on the shores of Puget Sound. Everywhere you turn there’s a view and a beach.

3.) You're never far from a city park
Stretch your legs, let the kids play, explore a trail, splash in the water. We know how to play here.

4.) The walk-ability of the city
Whether you’re at the Marina or downtown, Edmonds has miles of safe and beautiful places to walk.

5.) The collection of eclectic restaurants.
From Wood Fired pizza or breakfast all day, to stellar hors d’oeuvres, the restaurants here are fabulous.

Cultural Activities

Galleries & More
Dozens of galleries, art festivals, public art, organizations, performance halls, theaters. The arts and culture are alive in Edmonds. Explore the many galleries and arts organizations here.

Walk Through the Arts
Take a self-guided walking tour of public art in Edmonds with our map and guide, or enjoy a Third Thursday Art Walk.

Performance and Film
Orchestras, ballet, theater, and comedy. You name it, you'll find it in Edmonds. The performing arts scene is in high gear at Edmonds Center for the Arts, with its 700-seat auditorium, as well as the historic theater and local playhouses.

Outdoor Murals
A rich display of visual art is available everywhere you walk in Edmonds. The Outdoor Murals are the effort of talented local artists, and comes complete with an audio tour.

Literary Arts
Enjoy the abundance of literary arts in Edmonds. Write on the Sound Writers' Conference in October, EPIC Group Writers all year round, and Edmonds Library with all they have to offer.

What kind of music do you want to hear? Classic Big Band. Swinging. Celtic. Country. Rock. Jazz. Bluegrass. Throw in a little magic act and juggling. Follow our calendar and find out what's happening now.

Public transportation

By Automobile:
From I-5 north or south, take exit 177 for Edmonds/WA-SR104 West
Merge onto NE 205th Street (also known as 244th St SW)
As you cross Meridian Ave N, stay in the right lane, follow signs to Edmonds Ferry/WA-SR104; this road becomes Edmonds Way
Continue along Edmonds Way; as you cross 100th Avenue West, stay in the left lane to continue into downtown Edmonds
Edmonds Way becomes Fifth Avenue as you enter Edmonds. Follow Fifth Avenue to Main Street where you'll be at the core of Historic Downtown Edmonds

Edmonds-Kingston Ferry:
The Edmonds - Kingston ferry run is served by the Washington State Ferry System. You'll find the ferry schedule here. The ferry dock is just a short walk from Edmonds Station transit connections. Walk-on ferry passengers never have to wait for the next boat, and only pay in one direction (westbound). On the other side of the water, Kitsap Transit serves the Kingston Ferry Terminal.

By Bus (Edmonds Station):
Community Transit local and commuter bus routes serve Edmonds Station to and from Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Seattle and Silver Firs.
Plan a Trip to Edmonds on Community Transit

By Train:
Sound Transit Sounder commuter trains provide service from Everett to Seattle with stops in Mukilteo and Edmonds.
Amtrak stops in Edmonds on its Amtrak Cascades and Empire Builder service.

By Boat:
The public marina in Edmonds has guest moorage, dry storage and a boat launch. Reach Edmonds from anywhere in Puget Sound. Visit www.portofedmonds.org

Medical Facilities

Swedish Edmonds is located in our back door, offering a new $65 million dollar emergency room and scores of other facilities and specialties.

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Edmonds, Washington?

Edmonds, Washington, gets 39 inches of rain per year. The US average is 37. Snowfall is less than 4 inches. The average US city gets 25 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 158.

On average, there are 160 sunny days per year in Edmonds, Washington. The July high is around 76 degrees. The January low is 33. Our comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 73 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The US average on the comfort index is 44.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  37  42  47
 Feb  37  43  50
 Mar  39  46  54
 Apr  42  50  58
 May  48  56  64
 Jun  52  60  69
 Jul  55  65  74
 Aug  56  65  75
 Sep  52  61  69
 Oct  46  53  60
 Nov  40  46  51
 Dec  36  40  45

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  7  0
 Feb  0  6  0
 Mar  0  2  0
 Apr  0  0  0
 May  0  0  0
 Jun  0  0  0
 Jul  1  0  0
 Aug  0  0  0
 Sep  0  0  0
 Oct  0  0  0
 Nov  0  3  0
 Dec  0  8  0

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  5 "  18  36 %
 Feb  3 "  15  36 %
 Mar  4 "  18  38 %
 Apr  3 "  15  41 %
 May  2 "  13  45 %
 Jun  2 "  10  49 %
 Jul  1 "  6  53 %
 Aug  1 "  6  53 %
 Sep  2 "  8  51 %
 Oct  3 "  14  46 %
 Nov  6 "  18  40 %
 Dec  6 "  18  35 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  1 "  0  1
 Feb  1 "  1  1
 Mar  0 "  0  0
 Apr  0 "  0  0
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  0 "  0  0
 Nov  1 "  1  0
 Dec  2 "  1  1

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Cost of Living for Edmonds, WA

Edmonds, Washington cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

Edmonds is primarily single family homes and condos.

Senior Assistance in Edmonds, WA

Edmonds, Washington offers the following assistance for seniors:

Many local and regional resources are available for seniors.

What Job or Volunteer Opportunities Does Edmonds Offer For Retirees?

Edmonds has scores of non-profits and service clubs to choose from, donate your time or funds for these worthwhile causes.

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