Why Live in Arlington When You Work at Skagit Regional Health

Stillaguamish RiverSkagit Regional Health’s 48-bed Cascade Valley Hospital is located in Arlington, Washington, a town of nearly 20,000 people in Northwest Snohomish County. Arlington is located about four miles east of Interstate 5 between Mount Vernon to the north and Everett to the south.

To the east of Arlington is the scenic North Cascade mountain range. To the west is the Stillaguamish River that flows out to the Pacific Ocean. Like Mount Vernon, home of Skagit Regional Health’s other hospital, Cascade Valley Hospital in Arlington rests between these two natural wonders of Northwest Washington.

Skagit Regional Health gives you the opportunity to work at a regional leader in health delivery. Living in Arlington gives you the opportunity to live in an outstanding location; a rural, small town atmosphere in Arlington proper, just minutes from the urban atmosphere of Everett and the suburbs of Seattle.

Housing and Real Estate in Arlington

Arlington offers desirable and affordable housing and real estate choices for you and your family in a variety of distinct neighborhoods. The median price of a home in Arlington is $388,600 or almost 5 percent less than the median for the entire state of Washington. The median household income is $66,615 with 65.3 percent of Arlington residents owning their own home. If renting is desired, the median rent for an apartment or condominium is $1,520.

Transportation and Commuting in Arlington

Transportation in and around Arlington is easy no matter where you live. With easy access to I-5 and public transportation, the average commute to work is easy, whether you work in Arlington or at another Skagit Regional Health location. Heading out of town? Amtrak opened a new train station in Stanwood, the town adjacent to Arlington. A Greyhound bus hub is located in Mount Vernon, about 20 miles north of Arlington. Arlington has its own municipal airport. The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, or Sea-Tac, is located 40 miles south, in Seattle.

Schools and Education in Arlington

The Arlington School District is a growing and diverse public school system that employs more than 600 full- and part-time teachers and staff who serve more than 5,500 students. The public school system in Arlington includes four elementary schools (grades k-5), two middle schools (grades 6-8) and two high schools (grades 9-12). One of the high schools is an alternative learning institution.

The main campus of the University of Washington is less than an hour away in Seattle. And one of the nation’s top-ranked, two-year community colleges, Skagit Valley College, is minutes away in Mount Vernon. There are a number of other higher education opportunities, all within an easy drive of Arlington.

Parks and Recreation in Arlington

Centennial ParkMountains to the east and rivers and ocean to the west, combined with moderate temperatures, help Arlington residents enjoy outdoor activities all year round. Skiing, climbing, camping, hiking, fishing, kayaking, sailing, boating and more, in pristine natural environments, are just minutes away.

And if you want to stay in town for your outdoor activities, Arlington has 17 community parks within the city limits and eight miles of trails for walking, hiking or running. Arlington is adjacent to the Portage Creek Wildlife Preserve and the Country Charm Conservation Area.

For more information on community activities, events and recreational opportunities, visit the City of Arlington Parks and Recreation Department.

Business Community and the Economy in Arlington

Business and the local economy in Arlington are booming. The top industries are education, healthcare, manufacturing, retail and food service. Cascade Valley Hospital is one of the largest employers in town. Our unemployment rate is lower than the national average and one of the lowest in the state of Washington.