Whatcom County WA Information


Whatcom County Subdivisions

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


Total Population 218,190
Daytime Population: Workers 99,444
Daytime Population: Residents 113,594
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 213,038
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.98
Population in Households 212,303
Population in Familes 156,648
Population in Group Qrtrs 5,887
Population Density2 104
Diversity Index3 44


Median Household Income $56,042
Average Household Income $75,771
Per Capita Income $30,443


Total Housing Units 96,447 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 52,534 (54.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 33,798 (35.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 10,115 (10.5%)
Median Home Value $336,297
Average Home Value $402,071


Total Households 86,332
Average Household Size 2.46
Family Households 52,235
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 1.13% 1.15%
Households 0.99% 1.09%
Families 0.92% 1.04%
Median Household Income   2.34%
Per Capita Income   2.59%


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, 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 # 9 79th
Population Density # 10 77th
Diversity Index # 19 54th
Median Household Income # 12 72nd
Per Capita Income # 13 69th

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