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Birch Bay, Washington - Basic Facts

The Birch Bay Census Designated Place had a population of 9,444 as of July 1, 2019.

The primary coordinate point for Birch Bay is located at latitude 48.9179 and longitude -122.7446 in Whatcom County. The formal boundaries for the Birch Bay Census Designated Place encompass a land area of 16.01 sq. miles and a water area of 0.05 sq. miles. Whatcom County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 13 feet.

The Birch Bay Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2407850) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

Washington is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The Birch Bay Census Designated Place is located within Blaine Division of Whatcom County.


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Birch Bay, WA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Birch Bay, WA Housing Affordability Index is 99
State of Washington Housing Affordability Index is 95
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.

WEALTH INDEX

Birch Bay, WA Wealth Index is 133
State of Washington Wealth Index is 118
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.

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POPULATION

Total Population 9,444 (100%)
Population in Households 9,422 (99.8%)
Population in Families 7,547 (79.9%)
Population in Group Quarters1 22 ( 0.2%)
Population Density 590
Diversity Index2 35
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $72,406
Average Household Income $96,793
Per Capita Income $40,782
Wealth Index4 133

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 5,953 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,147 (52.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 843 (14.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,963 (33.0%)
Median Home Value $369,155
Housing Affordability Index3 99
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 3,990
Average Household Size 2.36
Family Households 2,668
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  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 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.
  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 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.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 1.26% 1.29%
Households 1.17% 1.27%
Families 1.32% 1.23%
Median Household Income   5.86%
Per Capita Income   4.04%

Birch Bay, WA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Birch Bay to the other 625 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Washington by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 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 # 130 79th
Population Density # 393 37th
Diversity Index # 315 50th
Median Household Income # 232 63rd
Per Capita Income # 148 76th

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