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Ferndale, Washington - Basic Facts

The City of Ferndale had a population of 13,241 as of July 1, 2017. Ferndale 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 Ferndale is located at latitude 48.8526 and longitude -122.5886 in Whatcom County. The formal boundaries for the City of Ferndale (see map below) encompass a land area of 7.03 sq. miles and a water area of 0.08 sq. miles. Whatcom County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 36 feet.

The City of Ferndale (GNIS ID: 2410498) 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 Ferndale is located within Ferndale Division of Whatcom County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Ferndale population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Ferndale: Jam.

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Ferndale, WA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 13,241
Daytime Population: Workers 6,445
Daytime Population: Residents 7,565
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 14,010
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.06
Population in Households 13,164
Population in Familes 11,110
Population in Group Qrtrs 77
Population Density2 1,885
Diversity Index3 48


Median Household Income $61,632
Average Household Income $76,741
Per Capita Income $28,227


Total Housing Units 5,012 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,210 (64.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,602 (32.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 199 ( 4.0%)
Median Home Value $309,016
Average Home Value $375,421


Total Households 4,813
Average Household Size 2.74
Family Households 3,471
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 2.03% 1.41%
Households 1.81% 1.34%
Families 1.87% 1.29%
Median Household Income   3.21%
Per Capita Income   2.81%

Ferndale, WA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Ferndale to the other 627 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Washington by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 97 85th
Population Density # 157 75th
Diversity Index # 202 68th
Median Household Income # 252 60th
Per Capita Income # 329 48th

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