The City of Bothell is one of the most rapidly growing communities in Western Washington that still retains a small-town feel. It has a population of 33,505 people and is located in both King and Snohomish Counties. The population in Bothell is very diverse and continues to increase year after year. Helping to contribute to the City’s rapid growth in recent years has been the opening of University of Washington’s Bothell campus. The burgeoning economy is made up primarily of biotechnology, computer technology, and engineering firms. These industries are the primary force behind the downtown area’s recent expansion and improvement project.
Bothell is considered an up-and-coming community with new opportunities to add to the economic robustness of the Pacific Northwest. Many who move to the Puget Sound area for work find themselves in Bothell as the average commute time is approximately 25.3 minutes. Public transportation around Bothell as well as commuter buses to Redmond, Seattle, and Bellevue are frequent and a popular choice for many commuters. The median house/condo value is $500,100, which is less than surrounding areas. Still, the cost of living in Bothell is 31.7% higher than the national average.
The largest river in Bothell is the Sammamish, named for the Native Americans who were settled in Bothell prior to their relocation in 1856 after the Puget Sound War. The Sammamish River connects Lake Sammamish to Lake Washington and is part of the scenery when strolling along the Burke-Gilman Trail. Running directly through Bothell, many take advantage of the Burke-Gilman trail with quick jogs to Woodinville wine country or leisurely afternoon bike rides into the Seattle area. In addition to its more local outdoor attractions, Bothell sits right in between the Olympic and Cascade Mountain ranges. Many Bothell residents take advantage of its proximity to take short hiking trips, long weekend camping trips, or enjoy the mountains snow covered peaks in the winter.
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