Everson sits next to the Nooksack River 18 miles northeast of Bellingham. The city has more than 2,000 residents, with a small downtown core and relatively affordable housing. Low rent and housing costs contributed to a population boom in the 1980s and 1990s, although the pace has slackened.
Everson serves the surrounding farm families, and travelers seeking a scenic route to and from the U.S./Canada border. Attractions include City Park and Riverside Park, with Silver Lake Park and Mount Baker short drives away.
The Everson-Nooksack Summer Festival draws crowds every July, and the annual festival at nearby Cloud Mountain Farm features plants, music, fruit and wine tasting.
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The riverfront town was named for Ever Everson, a settler who arrived in 1871 and homesteaded north of the Nooksack. When the railroad arrived in 1900, Everson quickly became a shipping center for the central county.
Everson Elementary, Nooksack Valley Middle, Nooksack Valley High, Timber Ridge High.
District: Nooksack Valley School District, www.nooksackschools.org.
Riverside, City, Silver Lake.
“I’ve got five children and raising a family in a small town is quite a bit easier. You have a better support group of parents, and there’s a lot of communication between school districts, parents and coaches.”
John Perry, Everson resident 10 years