Mukilteo has a charm reminiscent of communities of another era. Originally just a small number of homes built around the Mukilteo Lighthouse in 1906, the town continued to grow and eventually was incorporated in 1947. A master planned community called Harbour Pointe was built that included a shopping center and an award winning public golf course. In 1980 Harbour Pointe was annexed and added to the city of Mukilteo.

Views of the Olympic Mountains and the Northern Cascade Mountains are only one of the few reasons over 21,000 residents call this place home. The Lighthouse area now serves as a terminal for the Washington State Ferry Service to Whidbey Island. In addition, Mukilteo Lighthouse Park was constructed in the 1950s in an effort to preserve the natural and historical site. Originally a Washington State Park, the park was given to the City in 2003.

The city is also a neighbor to Boeing and Paine Field Regional Airport. Many of the residents of Mukilteo work at Boeing or one of the aviation centered companies in the area. There are also a number of museums and collections dedicated to the aviation industry including the popular Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour.