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The City of Bellingham had a population of 93,126 as of July 1, 2022. 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 48.7596 and longitude -122.4882 in Whatcom County. The formal boundaries for the City of Bellingham 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 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.

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Bellingham, WA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2022)


Total Population 93,126 (100%)
Population in Households 87,873 (94.4%)
Population in Families 51,487 (55.3%)
Population in Group Quarters1 5,253 ( 5.6%)
Population Density 3,309
Diversity Index2 49


Median Household Income $64,525
Average Household Income $91,061
% of Income for Mortgage4 38%
Per Capita Income $39,215
Wealth Index5 77


Total HU (Housing Units) 42,174 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 18,892 (44.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 21,046 (49.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,236 ( 5.3%)
Median Home Value $458,893
Average Home Value $523,256
Housing Affordability Index3 66


Total Households 39,938
Average Household Size 2.20
Family Households 18,152
Average Family Size 3.00
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2020-2022 2022-2027
Population 0.79% 0.47%
Households 0.79% 0.47%
Families   0.45%
Median Household Income   4.21%
Per Capita Income   3.55%
Owner Occupied HU   0.72%

Bellingham, WA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Bellingham to the other 639 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Washington by rank and percentile using July 1, 2022 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 Density # 77 88th
Median Household Income # 407 36th
Housing Affordability Index # 89 14th
Per Capita Income # 319 50th
Diversity Index # 264 59th

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