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Mountlake Terrace is a community of blue skies, mountain views, beautiful parks, and quiet residential neighborhoods. Located north of Seattle along the Interstate 5 corridor, the city's community development strategy has brought regional office headquarters, recreational facilities, light manufacturing and a whole range of small businesses to serve its residents and the surrounding area. Mountlake Terrace's proximity to major universities, employment centers, cultural activities, and natural wonders makes it a great place to visit, live, and do business.

Previously known as "Alderwood Manor", this area was first settled at the turn of the century when the logging industries flourished.

Subsequently the land was platted into "ranches" for the growing of mink, chinchillas, and poultry. The residential community of Mountlake Terrace began with the speculative construction of homes for returning WWII veterans and their young families. Within ten years the population had grown to 5,000 and a group of civic minded residents took steps to create a municipal government. The citizens enthusiastically set to work building a City Hall with a full range of services for it's growing population. In 2004 the City celebrated it's fiftieth year of incorporation.