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Lynden operates with a mayor-council form of government. The part-time mayor (Scott Korthuis as of January 2010) is assisted by a full-time city administrator (Bill Verwolf since October 2001) and professionals who head the city’s public works, parks, planning, finance, police and fire departments. The City Council’s seven members receive compensation on a per-meeting basis. The mayor and council members are elected to four-year terms in odd-numbered years. Plans for Lynden’s future development also are being developed and updated.

City Facts

Location:

The City of Lynden is located in the northwestern corner of Whatcom County. It covers 2,912 acres (4.55 square miles). Located on a bluff above the fertile Nooksack River valley, it is between two of North America’s most attractive metropolitan centers: only one hour south of Vancouver, B.C. and two hours north of Seattle. Lynden’s coordinates and elevation are:

Latitude: 48 degrees, 47 minutes, 38.1 seconds North

Longitude: 122 degrees, 32 minutes, 17.6 seconds West

Elevation: 95 feet above sea level

Area: 5.23 square miles (3,347.43 acres)

2010 Tax Rates

Property Tax Levy: $1.84139 per $1,000 of assessed valuation

Retail Sales Tax: 8.7%

Real Estate Excise Tax: (I & II) .25%

Utility Tax: 6%

Hotel/Motel Tax: 2%

Business License: $50

Building Permits

Commercial/Industrial:

2009 – 1 permit. Construction value: $100,000.

2008 – 4 permits. Construction value: $7,046,831.

2007 – 3 permits. Construction value: $1,180,000.

Residential:

2009 – 38 SFR units/4 MFR. Value: $8,124,060.

2008 – 39 SFR units/20 MFR. Value: $9,965,319.

2007 – 51 SFR units/14 MFR. Value: $13,180,000.


Population:

Lynden’s population in 2012 was 12,980

Bonding/Investments

The City of Lynden had $6.665 million in outstanding general obligation (GO) bonds and $14.9 million in investments as of Dec. 31, 2005.

Utility Rates:

WATER (Commercial): $22.70/month + $1.39 per hundred cubic feet (ccf) 100 cu. ft.

WATER (Residential): $20.21/month +$1.12 per ccf <5ccf; $1.47 5-18ccf; $2.25 >18 ccf

SEWER (Commercial): $46.05/month + $2.31 per 100 cu. ft.

SEWER (Residential): $46.05/month

STORM WATER (Commercial): $46.05/month + 2.57 per ccf.

STORM WATER (Residential): $6.60/month

Community Statistics

Household Information:
Male
Female
Total Households
Family Households
Non-Family Households
Avg. Household Size
Avg. Family Size

45.5%
54.5%
4,353
3,097
1,256
2.63
3.21

Age Breakdown (in years):
0-9
10-19
20-24
25-34
35-44
45-54
55-64
65-74
75-84
85+
Median Age

12.8%
16.1%
6.7%
8.4%
12.0%
15.1%
8.8%
7.0%
9.2%
3.8%
40.9 yrs

Maritial Status:
Never married
Married
Divorced/Separated
Widowed

21.2%
61.5%
8.3%
9.0%

Housing:
Median home value (2013 est.): $276,588
Median rent: $860/month
Income:
Median family income (2009): $60,364  $35,000-$75,000: 46.6%
Per Capita income: $24,562
Median earnings
Male: $39,597
Female: $23,292
Industry:
Agriculture
Construction
Manufacturing
Wholesale Trade
Retail Trade
Transportation/Utilities
Information
Finance/Insurance/Real Estate
Professional/Management
Edu ./Health/Soc. Services
Arts/ Ent./Accom./Food
Other Services (Exc. Admin.)
Public Admin.

8.0%
12.0%
22.0%
4.1%
6.0%
5.1%
1.6%
5.0%
6.1%
20.6%
5.0%
8.7%
4.4%

Race Breakdown:
White
Hispanic
Asian
Black
Other
Two or more races

82.7%
10.6%
2.8%
0.4%
2.0%
1.5%

Housing Units:
Total
Vacant
Of Occupied:
Owner Occupied
Renter Occupied

4,518
3.7%

67.5%
32.5%

Climate:
Average maximum temperature is 57 deg. F.
Average minimum temperature is 42 deg. F.
Growing season is 148 days of the year.
Average annual precipitation is 47 inches.
Class of Worker:
Private Wage/Salary Workers
Government workers
Self-Employed (Not Inc.)
Unpaid family workers

80.6%
11.1%
7.7%
0.6%

Year Structure Built:
1999-March 2000
1990-1998
1980-1989
1970-1979
1960-1969
1940-1959
1939 or earlier

5.9%
37.1%
15.8%
16.6%
4.9%
11.4%
6.2%

Educational attainment 25-years-old and older:
Less than 9th grade: 4.7%
9-12th grade (no diploma): 7.2%
High School graduate: 32.3%Some college:
No degree: 24.1%
AA degree: 6.3%
BA degree: 18.8%
Graduate school/ professional degree: 6.7%

Dutch Mother's Restaurant

If you are a local, how often haven’t you found yourself engaged in deep conversation around the table with family or friends (or dare we say both!) at Dutch Mother’s Restaurant?

Owned by Lynden-ites Dave and Debbie Black, Dutch Mothers Restaurant is the kind of place that long time locals as well as visitors just passing through Lynden have come to find the best of two worlds coming together in a parade for the palate!

Be it “heerlijke nederlandse pannenkoeken” (delicious Dutch pancakes) for breakfast or a cowboy hamburger and fries (cowboy hamburger en frietjes) for lunch, Dutch Mother’s is a place to enjoy your food and enjoy friends!

Located right in the heart of Lynden, you can visit the Blacks and their fine staff at Dutch Mothers Restaurant , 405 Front Street, Lynden.

Eten goed en geniet van Lynden! (Eat well and enjoy Lynden)

Christian Health Care Center

Operating as a non-profit corporation, the 142-bed Christian Health Care Center facility provides skilled nursing and rehabilitation services to those recovering from injury, overcoming an illness, or in need of long-term care. CHCC’s knowledgeable and caring staff offer in-patient and out-patient therapies, a full and diverse activity program, specialized dementia care, and numerous spiritual services.

Lynden Manor

The 115-bed Lynden Manor  is an assisted-living facility that focuses on those 55 and older who may need assistance with medical management, bathing, food service, and transportation. It includes a secure 29-bed unit, built in 1997, for those suffering from dementia.

Lynden Library

Opened in June 2003, the Arthur J. Henken Building is the home of theLynden Library.

The 15,578-square-foot building now contains many items including thousands of books, books on tape, magazines, DVDs, CDs, and computer stations with Internet access. The library, part of the Whatcom County Library System, also is home to the Whatcom County System Reference Center. The Lynden Library also offers wireless internet to visitors and locals alike.

Other features include: a 60-foot clock tower; an 825-square-foot meeting room that can hold approximately 65 people; an 1,875-square-foot children’s area; and a 420-square-foot area for young adults.

The library building is named after Art Henken, who died May 1, 2003 after serving 49 years on the Lynden City Council. Art was a long time supporter of the Lynden Library believing firmly that knowledge should be accessible to everyone.

The Lynden Library is located at 216 4th St. Its hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, call (360) 354-4883 or visit www.wcls.org.

Lynden Museum

The best destination for those wishing to explore the history of the Pacific Northwest, The Lynden Pioneer Museum began in 1976 as an American Bicentennial Project. The museum centers around the Fred Polinder Buggy Collection, a collection of 49 unique horse drawn vehicles, the largest publicly displayed collection west of the Mississippi. Amidst America’s Bicentennial celebration a hue and cry arose among the community to establish a museum and preserve this wonderful collection. Thus was born the Lynden Pioneer Museum. Housed in a historic building built in 1911 it immediately became a destination. Citizens from Lynden and the surrounding countryside immediately began to donate memories from their pioneer forefathers. Quickly the museum grew and grew. Today it encompasses a collection of 30,000 objects displayed in 5 galleries that cover over 28,000 square feet. Life-size contextual recreations of a pioneer homestead and historic business fronts provide a realistic look into the life of turn of the century Lynden and Whatcom County. Visitors can look into scenes from the past and discover the lifestyles and stories of those that built our community. Agriculture has always been a mainstay of life in the Northwest and the museum explores the contributions of local farming through an exhibit in which visitors can see a cow being milked, learn about the chicken farming boom and the basics of horse farming. The museum also has the only regular exhibit on the development of Transportation from Horse to Horse power. Visitors and community members alike can explore the amazing Polinder Buggy Collection and view an annually changing exhibit on the history of the automobile that features new vintage autos every spring. Lynden Pioneer Museum also serves as a center for community events as annually over 800 spectators will gather in October to witness demonstrators and historic re-enactors recreate life in Whatcom County a century past. In addition many opportunities exist at the museum that enrich the lives of locals. The museum serves as a resource center through its public archives, holds educational programs for local schools and is regularly staffed by dedicated, enthusiastic volunteers. It also offers special tours and events through out the year. For easy access to these special offerings you can call (360) 354-3675 or visit our website atwww.lyndenpioneermuseum.com. Of course members to the museum are our primary means of support and receive advance announcements of upcoming events, museum store discounts and free admission. Finally the museum offers a cozy gift shop full of great deals and unique local items. A visit to the museum just for this tasty treat is worth your time. The Lynden Pioneer Museum is the biggest small town museum you will ever have a chance to get involved in.

The Northwest Washington Fair

The Northwest Washington Fair’s focus on its rural roots hasn’t prevented the six-day event from becoming one of the biggest in the state. Attendance at the fair topped 216,000 in 2010.

The Northwest Washington Fair draws some of the biggest names in entertainment to the Lynden area every year. Music lovers all over the Northwest eagerly await the names of who will be performing to the thousands who fill the grandstands for top-notch performances. Randy Travis, Ted Nugent and even the local boys in the demolition derby provide fairgoers with memories for years.

Of course, a fair wouldn’t be a fair without carnival rides, games, vendors and foods (try the famous “moowich”). The fair enjoys widespread participation from artists, quilters, and landscapers. Still, agriculture is the heart of the fair. Some of the country’s top dairies bring their cows each year, while another annual highlight are the majestic draft horses. Hundreds of FFA and 4-H youth fill barns with pigs, sheep, goats, chicks, rabbits, dogs, cats, and more.

The week following the fair is the Lynden PRCA Rodeo. This annual event is bringing the top cowboys in the nation to compete for prize money and braggin’ rights. This event continues to grow and grow selling out year after year.

The Northwest Washington Fairgrounds is also home to dozens of other events throughout the year. The Spring and Fall Craft & Antique Shows, family reunions, the always popular Whatcom County Home & Garden Show, and dozens of RV groups that rent the gorgeous grounds to host up to 500 units at a time all call this first class facility home. The NWWF has unique facilities to fit your every need. Many weddings and receptions are held in the beautiful Mt. Baker Rotary Building every year. This first class facility has a full catering kitchen, a northwest themed design and its own on-site parking.

The Expo Building can hold groups up to 800 people, so invite the whole family if you need to! The Peoples Place building is a comfortable environment for 20 to 120. Whatever function you want to hold, it’s a good bet Fair Manager Jim Baron and his staff will be able to fill your needs. After all, they do have 220,000 people over in August!