The Dutch heritage of this lovely community is apparent in its architecture and festivals. Lynden was originally based around farming, and the practice still provides the basis of the town's economy (berry and dairy farms in particular).
The Lynden community is popular for residents and retirees alike, featuring an expertly–planned golf course community called Homestead which encompasses a variety of price ranges. Other developments in the Lynden area provide high-quality housing at a lower price than their Bellingham equivalents. This is why Lynden has been, since 1980, the fastest-growing city in Whatcom County.
Lynden's agricultural heritage is preserved in the Lynden Pioneer Museum as well as the Northwest Washington Fair. Its religious foundations are also exemplified in the large size of Lynden Christian High School and the observance of Sunday closures for most local businesses.