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Bellingham, Washington - Basic Facts

The City of Bellingham had a population of 85,034 as of July 1, 2016. Bellingham ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Washington. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Bellingham is located at latitude 48.7526 and longitude -122.4697 in Whatcom County. The formal boundaries for the City of Bellingham (see map below) encompass a land area of 27.07 sq. miles and a water area of 2.38 sq. miles. Whatcom County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 72 feet.

The City of Bellingham (GNIS ID: 2409823) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Washington is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Bellingham is located within Bellingham Division of Whatcom County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Bellingham population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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


Total Population 85,034
Population in Households 79,661
Population in Familes 47,384
Population in Group Qrtrs 5,373
Population Density1 3,141
Diversity Index2 42


Total Households 36,247
Average Household Size 2.2
Family Households 16,922
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 38,525 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 16,357 (42.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 19,890 (51.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,278 ( 5.9%)
Median Home Value $334,853
Average Home Value $389,853


Median Household Income $44,566
Average Household Income $63,210
Per Capita Income $27,734
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.79% 0.83%
Households 0.7% 0.82%
Families 0.76% 0.73%
Median Household Income   0.25%
Per Capita Income   1.43%
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.

Bellingham, WA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Bellingham to the other 627 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs 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 # 13 98th
Population Density1 # 72 89th
Diversity Index2 # 249 60th
Median Household Income # 446 29th
Per Capita Income # 299 52nd

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