Introduction to Mountlake Terrace, Washington

Mountlake Terrace, Washington, in Snohomish county, is 2 miles NE of Shoreline, Washington (center to center) and 12 miles N of Seattle, Washington. The city is part of the Seattle - Bellevue - Everett metropolitan statistical area (MSA).

Mountlake Terrace History

At the turn of the century, the area now known as Mountlake Terrace was named "Alderwood Manor." This was when the first settlements were established in this region. Soon it was a major lumber center. In the following years, the land was platted into ranches for growing chinchillas, mink, and poultry. Much of the region was later developed as housing complexes for veterans of World War II and Korean War. Mountlake Terrace was officially incorporated on November 30, 1954.

Mountlake Terrace and nearby Attractions

  • Interurban Car 55
  • Edmonds Historical Museum
  • Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour
  • Lake Ballinger
  • Bridle Trails State Park
  • Woodland Park Zoo

Things To Do In Mountlake Terrace

The Interurban Car 55 in Heritage Park is a popular tourist attraction. Lovers of history can also visit Edmonds Art Festival Museum, Edmonds Historical Museum, and Transportation Museum. The beautiful Lake Ballinger and Hall Creek in the city are worth visiting. The Plaza Shopping Center and the Park Hills Shopping Center are ideal for those who wish to purchase souvenirs. The Woodland Park Zoo and the Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour are also easily accessible from Mountlake Terrace.

Mountlake Terrace Transportation

One can avail of flights from the Snohomish County (Paine Field) Airport.

Mountlake Terrace Higher Education

Higher educational opportunities are offered by Edmonds Community College, Lake Washington Technical College, and Seattle Community College-North Campus.


Total Population 20,521
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 11.1%
Employed Population 16+ 11,081
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 46.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27.7%
Median Earnings25+ $40,506
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $28,281
Median Earnings With High School Degree $34,241


Median Family Income $74,170
% Above Poverty Level 92.2%
% Below Poverty Level 7.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.4%
% Using Public Transportation 9.7%


People Living Alone 29.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,200
Median House Value $261,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 35.7%
US/American 0%
English 9.2%
Irish 11.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Mountlake Terrace Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles NE of Shoreline, Washington (center to center)
Nearest Large City 12 miles N of Seattle, Washington
County Snohomish
Standard Zip Codes 98043
Phone Area Codes 425
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 47.788
Longitude -122.307

Mountlake Terrace Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 7.7 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 46 F
Apr Temp 42 to 58 F
Jul Temp 55 to 75 F
Oct Temp 46 to 60 F
Annual Precip 35.9 inches
Distance 22.3 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 46 F
Apr Temp 42 to 58 F
Jul Temp 55 to 75 F
Oct Temp 46 to 60 F
Annual Precip 37 inches
Station KENT
Distance 25.8 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 47 F
Apr Temp 42 to 61 F
Jul Temp 55 to 77 F
Oct Temp 44 to 62 F
Annual Precip 39.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Mountlake Terrace, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Mountlake Ter (98043)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brier 6,443 $112,574
Edmonds 40,689 $97,866
Lake Forest Park 13,059 $117,119
Lynnwood 36,491 $63,367
Shoreline 54,774 $85,308
Woodway 1,337 $181,458

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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21801 44TH AVE W
Serves 1,756 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.2

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