Lynnwood is a city in Snohomish County, Washington, United States. The population was 33,847 at the 2000 census. The city is an indefinable mix of urban, suburban, small city, crossroads and bedroom community. Straddling the junction between Interstate 5 and the north end of Interstate 405 in Washington, it is the final tangle of population on the north end of "greater Seattle" before one continues on to other places: Everett, Bellingham, or Canada. The center of the town has the usual American panoply of small businesses, strip malls, and retail stores. Outside the commercial center of Lynnwood, to the east and north, lie Alderwood Mall, houses, and small forests.