🇺🇸 Bothell is a city in King and Snohomish counties in the U.S. state of Washington. It is part of the Seattle metropolitan area, situated near the north-east end of Lake Washington.
Bothell is located along the Sammamish River near its mouth at the north-east end of Lake Washington. It straddles King and Snohomish counties, which cross Bothell at Northeast 205th Street / 244th Street Southwest. Bothell is one of six cities in Washington that are in multiple counties. The city is bordered to the west by Kenmore, to the north by unincorporated North Creek, to the east by Woodinville, and to the south by Kirkland (including Juanita). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city of Bothell has a total area of 13.64 square miles (35.33 km²), all of it classified as land.
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.
Most of the city drains into the Sammamish River or one of its tributaries, such as North Creek and Swamp Creek. 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.
Economy In its early years, Bothell's economy was tied to the logging industry, but it became an agriculture-based economy by the 1920s; after World War II, the post-war boom transformed the town into a bedroom community. Since 1984, development in the Canyon Park and North Creek business districts has transformed Bothell into a regional employment center.
Biotechnology is a key industry, with Achieve Life Sciences, Seagen, AGC Biologics (formerly CMC Biologics and Icos), Lundbeck Seattle Biopharmaceuticals, and Blue Heron Biotechnology all having headquarters or operations in Bothell. Medical device manufacturers based in the city include Philips Medical Systems and Lockheed Martin Aculight. Bothell is also home to medical device company Ventec Life Systems, which manufactures ventilators.
Computer technology, data, and telecommunications are well represented, and include companies such as AT&T, AVST, Kinesis, Leviton Voice & Data, Systems Interface, Silicon Mechanics, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, SonoSite (owned by Fujifilm), T-Mobile, Panasonic Avionics Corporation, Parity Corporation, Allocent, Teltone, and Google. Microsoft had a Canyon Park campus in the early 2000s.
Engineering firms, including electrical engineering, environmental engineering, and civil engineering, are well represented. Examples include SNC-Lavalin, RH2 Engineering, Romac Industries, North Creek Analytical, ECS Engineering, Emulex, and Path Engineers. MicroVision, Inc. was formerly headquartered in Bothell, but has since moved to Redmond. The US Army has a Reserve facility, the Staff Sgt. Joe R. Hooper Army Reserve Center, in the north-west part of the city. It opened in 1993 and also houses the Region X headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in a former bunker. National magazine publisher Scotsman Guide Media is headquartered in the city. Defunct retailer Pacific Linen was once based in Bothell until 1996.
**Largest employers **(2020): 1 Northshore School District; 2 Seagen; 3 AT&T Mobility; 4 Philips; 5 University of Washington Bothell; 6 T-Mobile US; 7 Puget Sound Energy; 8 Fujifilm; 9 City of Bothell; 10 Panasonic.
Bothell has a population of over 47,415 people. Bothell also forms part of the wider Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metropolitan area which has a population of over 3,979,845 people. Bothell is situated 31 km north-east of Seattle.