Mountlake Terrace, Washington

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Mountlake Terrace is a city in Snohomish County, Washington, United States. It is located east of Edmonds, south of Lynnwood, and west of Brier, and its southern boundary runs along the King County line. Interstate 5 runs through the city from north to south and services the city via three exits. The population was 20,362 at the 2000 census.



Mountlake Terrace was officially incorporated on November 30, 1954. Previously known as "Alderwood Manor", this area was first settled at the turn of the century when the logging industries flourished. Subsequently the land was platted into "ranches" for the growing of mink, chinchillas, and poultry. The residential community of Mountlake Terrace began with the speculative construction of homes for returning WWII veterans and their young families. Within ten years the population had grown to 5,000 and a group of civic minded residents took steps to create a municipal government. The citizens enthusiastically set to work building a City Hall with a full range of services for its growing population.

A town center with various amenities formed in subsequent decades, but business suffered in the 1980s due to the opening of the Alderwood Mall and two fires in the town center. A civic center was built around city hall in the early 1990s, complete with a police station and public library. The mid-2000s saw new construction on 56th Avenue, and in 2006 the city created a plan to revitalize downtown and encourage economic activity.[3]


Mountlake Terrace is located at 47°47′27″N 122°18′24″W / 47.790969°N 122.306636°W / 47.790969; -122.306636 (47.790969, -122.306636).[4] The city's elevation above sea level ranges between 262 and 530 feet (160 m), with an average altitude of 440 feet (130 m).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.2 square miles (10.7 km2), of which, 4.0 square miles (10.5 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km2) is water. The total area is 2.65 % water.

The southwestern portion of the city includes Lake Ballinger Park, which offers access to Lake Ballinger and contains a boat launch and a fishing pier. The lake itself is located partially in Mountlake Terrace and partially in neighboring Edmonds.[5]

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