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Marysville is a city in Snohomish County, Washington, United States. The population was 60,020 at the 2010 census. Marysville is known as “The Strawberry City” due to the large number of strawberry farms that once surrounded the city in its earlier days. Over the past decade, and continuing today, large residential, commercial, and industrial growth has transformed this city. Marysville ranks as the second largest city in the county after Everett.[3]
In 1874, Comeford paid $450 for logged timber claims consisting of 1,280 acres (5.2 km2) of land. Four years later, they built a new store with living quarters attached and a small dock with a plank road called Front Street. Mrs. Comeford began teaching classes to local children and Mr. Comeford ran the post office, both of these provided out of their home.

Little growth took place in Marysville until the mid-1880s. The first saw mill opened in 1887, followed by three additional mills over the next few years. The railroad came to town in 1889, which was followed by more growth.

Marysville was officially incorporated on March 20, 1891 and its December 30, 2009 annexation made Marysville the second largest city in Snohomish County – with a total population of 58,040.
[edit] 2008 Make-over

In his 2008 State of the City Address, mayor Dennis Kendall announced that the Marysville City Council has decided to re-make over Downtown.[4] The project will involve:

* Improving West-side streets to redevelop
* Add structured parking
* Support 3rd St. business
* Make pedestrian connections
* Reduce traffic and do some “Green Street” treatment
* Develop Mill/P.W. site and market as unique site
* Restore the Ebey Waterfront trail and shoreline
* Add a roundabout to access the sawmill site and Downtown from SR 529
* Improve Ebey Waterfront Park and Boat Launch
* And redevelop Marina into Water Quality facility and mixed-use development

Later on, the city will redevelop the Marysville Mall. The Council is doing this to make Marysville look utopian compared to other areas. The aim is to attract visitors and tourists.

Also, the Marysville City Hall will be moved to a new civics campus that will be designed by Everett Community College students.
[edit] Geography

Marysville is located at 48°3′46″N 122°9′48″W / 48.06278°N 122.16333°W / 48.06278; -122.16333 (48.062743, −122.163332).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.8 square miles (25.3 km²), of which, 9.6 square miles (24.8 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (1.94%) is water.

There are 4 neighborhoods within the city of Marysville. They are North Lakewood, Sunnyside/Whiskey Ridge (not to be confused with the actual city in Yakima County), Downtown Marysville, and North Marysville.
As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 25,315 people, 9,400 households, and 6,608 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,640.1 people per square mile (1,019.2/km²). There were 9,730 housing units at an average density of 1,014.7 per square mile (391.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 88.21% White, 1.02% African American, 1.60% Native American, 3.82% Asian, 0.36% Pacific Islander, 1.89% from other races, and 3.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.83% of the population.

There were 9,400 households out of which 40.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.1% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.7% were non-families. 23.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the city the age distribution of the population shows 30.1% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 32.9% from 25 to 44, 17.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 95.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $47,088, and the median income for a family was $55,796. Males had a median income of $42,391 versus $30,185 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,414. About 3.7% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.0% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.
For much of its existence, Marysville was a rural area known for farming and for lumber production, although other, smaller industries existed, providing a diverse economy that has played an important role in Marysville’s growth over the years. This economic diversity has also been a major factor during times of economic crisis such as the Great Depression, when Marysville’s economy did not suffer to the same extent as other towns in the area, which had largely been dependent on the timber trade and mining.[6]

Although farms still operate in the area around the city, the lumber industry has all but ceased and is no longer a major factor in the local economy. The community has largely transitioned over the past two decades into a city with a large retail and service-based economy, and is closely intertwined economically with its neighbors throughout the Puget Sound area through large regional employers such as Boeing and Microsoft. The naval station in nearby Everett and its support facilities also play an increasing role in the local economy.

Newer shopping places in the area include the Seattle Premium Outlets, located within Tulalip, on the west side of I-5. A new shopping center is near there including a Kohl’s and Ross. There is also a WinCo grocery store in that shopping center.
[edit] Arts and culture
[edit] Annual cultural events

Marysville holds an annual Strawberry Festival in the third week of June, which is highlighted by a grand parade. The first Strawberry Festival was held in 1932.

Summer Jubilee is an August event that offers free school supplies and haircuts for children in the community, typically drawing over 10,000 visitors to its Asbery Field location. Summer Jubilee is a ministry of several Christian churches within Marysville.
[edit] Museums

The Marysville Historical Society, a group devoted to saving the history of Marysville, has bought some land off of historic Armar Road near Jennings Park that will become the official museum of Marysville.
[edit] Library

Marysville is served by the Sno-Isle Library system, a 2-county system with a large branch in Marysville.
The City of Marysville has several historic parks and places. They include Comeford Park, Jennings Park, the Marysville Water Tower, the Gehl House, Ken Baxter Senior Center, and more. All are public and do not require a fee to get into.

The two 150,000 gallon Marysville water towers were constructed in 1921, but have not held water since the 1970s. Red beacons on the top of the towers were used until the late 1940s to alert police that they needed to respond to an emergency. The only surviving tower is located in Comeford Park. The other tower was located on Second Ave., but was demolished in 1987 along with many of Marysville’s historical buildings, to make way for the Marysville Mall which was built on top of six square blocks that comprised much of what was originally downtown Marysville.

Comeford Park is a park in Downtown Marysville next to the Ken Baxter Senior Center. It houses the Marysville Water Tower and a large gondola in the middle of the park that was donated by Marysville’s Rotary Club. The park also has a children’s playground.

Jennings Park is a park near Downtown Marysville that is located off of historic Armar Road. The park holds the historic Gehl House, a small log cabin that has been remodeled to look like what life would have been in 1884. The park features a children’s area and a large trail that leads to another children’s area and a pond for fishing.

The Ken Baxter Senior Center is a senior center in Downtown Marysville located in historic Comeford Park. The senior center served formerly as a city hall, police station, jail, fire station, and library before becoming a senior center in 1997.
[edit] Government
[edit] City Council

The Marysville City Council meets for work sessions the 1st and 3rd Mondays and the regular business meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. Each meeting starts at 7 pm in the City Hall and there are no meetings in August.

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