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Bothell is located Northeast of Seattle, bisected by the King County/Snohomish County border. The city is well-known for its Northshore School District that serves most of its residents. Formerly a "commute-out" only community, Bothell has seen a rise in new companies making their homes locally including biotech, telecom, and engineering firms. The city of 30,000 residents has a number of distinct neighborhoods including Canyon Creek, Canyon Park, Country Village, Downtown Bothell, Fitzgerald, Lake Pleasant, Maywood, NOrth Creek, Norway Hill, Pioneer Hills, Queensgate, Mays Pond, Queensborough/Brentwood, Riverfront, Waynita, Westhill, Shelton View, and Thrasher's Corner.
Bothell (/ˈbɒθəl/) is a city in King and Snohomish counties in the U.S. state of Washington. It is part of the Seattle metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 33,505, and in 2019 the estimated population was 47,415.
Prior to European settlement, the Sammamish River valley from Lake Washington to Issaquah Creek south and upstream of Lake Sammamish was inhabited by a population of as many as 200 Native Americans known as the Sammamish people. The Sammamish were relocated after the Puget Sound War in 1856 to reservations and non-reservation lands.
In 1870, Columbus S. Greenleaf and George R. Wilson filed land claims in the area formerly inhabited by the Sammamish near present-day Bothell, and built homes. Eight families followed over the next six years. In 1876, Canadian George Brackett bought land and began commercial logging out of a camp located on the north bank of the Sammamish River in what is now the heart of downtown Bothell. A store, school, and sawmill followed over the next several years.
In 1885, Brackett sold 80 acres (32 ha) to David Bothell, a settler from Pennsylvania. The town's first postmaster, who bought his property from Bothell, named the town in his honor when it was platted in 1888. Later that same year, a local railroad was built through the town to transport coal from Issaquah. Bothell was officially incorporated on April 14, 1909.
Bothell continued to grow as logging expanded and boat traffic brought increasing amounts of goods and passengers up and down the river. As more people moved into the area, the Army Corps of Engineers decided to dredge and straighten the river in the years shortly after Bothell's incorporation. Most boat traffic came to an abrupt end only a few years later when Lake Washington was lowered in 1917. Water transport also shifted to trucks after a brick road was built from Seattle. The logging economy declined quickly around the same time, and the local economy shifted to farming.
After World War II, better highways and a post-war boom brought suburban development to Bothell. These new neighborhoods and a series of annexations dramatically expanded Bothell's population from about 1,000 in 1950 to over 45,000 as of 2017. In 1992, the city annexed an area in southern Snohomish County, becoming a dual-county city and adding 11,400 people. During the decade, the city's population had increased by 144 percent to over 30,000. Bothell was mostly a bedroom community for people working in Seattle until the 1990s, when business development brought new jobs to create a regional employment center in Canyon Park with about 20,000 jobs, many in high technology sectors such as biotechnology and software development. In 1990, a campus of the University of Washington opened in Bothell.
In 2010, the city of Bothell began a $150 million program to redevelop downtown, including the demolition of 15 buildings, moving State Route 522, expanding the Bothell–Everett Highway, expanding a city park, and expanding the city hall.
A major fire in downtown broke out at the Mercantile Building on July 22, 2016, damaging and closing more than 20 businesses. The fire dealt a blow to the redevelopment program and required state aid for rebuilding.
Bothell is located at 47°46′18″N 122°12′16″W (47.771670, -122.204421). The largest river is the Sammamish, which connects Lake Sammamish to Lake Washington.
According to the City of Bothell, the city has a total area of 13.7 square miles (35.48 km2), all of it land.
Bothell is a geographical oddity in that it straddles two counties (King and Snohomish). Because most streets in Bothell are numbered and not named, streets that cross the county line often change numbers. For example, 104th Avenue NE in King County becomes 23rd Avenue SE when it crosses into Snohomish County.
The area has several wetlands that are home to large groups of crows, up to 16,000 at a time, that commute from the Seattle region to roost in Bothell.
Bothell has several communities, districts, and neighborhoods. These include:
Prior to 1993, the nearby city of Woodinville was unincorporated, and some of its neighborhoods were considered part of Bothell and were being considered for annexation. The people of Woodinville voted in 1992 to incorporate, and incorporation was official early the next year.
Bothell is home to Cascadia College and the University of Washington, Bothell. The two institutions share the same campus, which opened in the year 2000. In 2014 the University of Washington Bothell was ranked #37 in the nation among all colleges and universities by Money Magazine and was ranked 6th in the Nation by Washington Monthly in their "Best Bang for the Buck" rankings of colleges and universities. After becoming accredited in 2006 Cascadia College was named the second best community college in the nation, behind Atlanta Technical College. UW Bothell has an enrollment of over 6,000 students, of which 13 percent are from Snohomish County.
Schools for Bothell students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade are part of the Northshore School District while private schools include Cedar Park Christian Schools serving preschool through 12th grade. Heritage Christian Academy serving kindergarten through 9th grades. Schools in Northshore School district include Fernwood Elementary, Crystal Springs Elementary, Canyon Creek Elementary, Shelton View Elementary, Westhill Elementary, Lockwood Elementary, Frank Love Elementary, Maywood Hills Elementary, Woodmoor Elementary, Woodin Elementary, Northshore Junior High School, Canyon Park Junior High School, Skyview Junior High School, Bothell High School, Inglemoor High School, and Secondary Academy for Success. North Creek High School opened in the North Creek area of the city in 2017.