Whatcom County WA Information


Whatcom County Subdivisions

Whatcom County WA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 212,013
Population in Households 206,074
Population in Familes 152,415
Population in Group Qrtrs 5,939
Population Density1 101
Diversity Index2 43


Total Households 84,145
Average Household Size 2.45
Family Households 50,885
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 95,338 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 51,288 (53.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 32,857 (34.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 11,193 (11.7%)
Median Home Value $322,305
Average Home Value $385,029


Median Household Income $53,256
Average Household Income $71,075
Per Capita Income $28,689
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.85% 0.89%
Households 0.74% 0.84%
Families 0.65% 0.8%
Median Household Income   0.85%
Per Capita Income   1.63%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Whatcom County WA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Whatcom County to the other 39 counties and county equivalents in Washington by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 9 79th
Population Density1 # 10 77th
Diversity Index2 # 19 54th
Median Household Income # 13 69th
Per Capita Income # 13 69th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Washington Census Data Comparison Tool.