Mayor's Message

Welcome to Arlington!

On behalf of the Arlington City Council, I am glad you are taking the time to visit our website and learn more about the Arlington community. The City of Arlington has a proud heritage that is cherished and remembered by all and a future that is forever in the making. Arlington is not a small town any longer, but rather a bustling center of commerce for North Snohomish County.

Full-Service City & Community

Arlington truly is a full-service city and community. The City provides water and wastewater services, public safety services through our own Police and Fire Departments, and boasts our own general aviation airport and municipal cemetery. In addition, Arlington is the home of Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics, which provide excellent medical care close to home.


Arlington has seen astounding growth, both in its residential and commercial and industrial centers in the last 15 years. In fact, our population has grown by more than 450% since 1990 and we are home to over 800 businesses. Arlington has a number of unique districts that when put together make Arlington truly one of a kind. In West Arlington, Smokey Point and Island Crossing are two of the main gateways into Arlington. Smokey Point is developing into a significant commercial center, with a number of anchor tenants including Walmart, Joann Fabrics, Safeway and Lowe’s. Island Crossing is also slowly developing as a commercial center and the entryway to the Stillaguamish Valley.

Arlington Municipal Airport

Our bustling industrial core is anchored by the Arlington Municipal Airport. The Airport is home to over 171 businesses. In the near future, the City of Arlington will be developing over 89 acres of vacant Airport land west of the Airport. This development is slated for Commercial, Light Industrial, and Business Park ventures.

Other Districts

Other districts include the Jensen Farm area, which is a combination of light industrial, manufacturing, offices, and commercial businesses and the Medical District. The Medical District is anchored by Cascade Valley Hospital and a number of doctors and clinics. Cascade Valley Hospital recently completed an $18 million expansion with state of the art imaging equipment.

Historic Downtown

Our historic downtown features over 150 merchants, boutiques and restaurants. In 2006 and 2007, the city’s main street, Olympic Avenue, was completely reconstructed. The reconstruction project has spurred redevelopment on practically every corner. The City is now developing plans to keep this transformation moving, by mirroring the improvements made on Olympic to other downtown blocks, like West Avenue, Division Street, and Burke Street.


Education in Arlington is a top priority and the City works hand in hand with our two local school districts to reinforce the excellent opportunities offered by the Arlington and Lakewood School Districts. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the hundreds of acres of parkland and miles of trails available for exploring, playing organized sports, listening to music, watching movies, or just enjoying your outdoor surroundings.


All in all, I think you will find by visiting with our residents and local merchants that Arlington is a great place to do business, raise a family, and play. I hope you enjoy your visit to Arlington. We welcome you all with open arms and hope you will consider Arlington in your future plans.

Mayor Barb Tolbert