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Overview

Introduction to Bellingham, Washington

Bellingham, Washington, in Whatcom county, is 80 miles N of Seattle, Washington.

Bellingham History

The name of this area was derived from the bay on which it is situated. George Vancouver, who landed here in June 1792, named the bay after Sir William Bellingham who worked for the Royal Navy as a controller of the storekeeper's account. The earliest white settlers arrived in 1854. In November 1903, the four towns around Bellingham Bay, Whatcom, Sehome, Bellingham, and Fairhaven, were consolidated and incorporated as Bellingham.

Bellingham and nearby Attractions

  • Whatcom Falls Park
  • American Museum of Radio and Electricity
  • Bellingham Railway Museum
  • Larrabee State Park
  • Lake Whatcom

Things To Do In Bellingham

Those interested in outdoor recreation can visit the Whatcom Falls Park which encompasses the Whatcom Creek Gorge. It has many miles of walking trails and four sets of waterfalls. Visitors can enjoy fishing, swimming, and hiking. There are also several interesting museums in the area which are dedicated to various subjects such as local history, art, the railways, etc. Skiing is another activity which can be enjoyed at Mount Baker Ski Area.

Bellingham Transportation

Bellingham International Airport is nearby.

Bellingham Higher Education

Western Washington University, Whatcom Community College, and Northwest Indian College provide higher education.

People

Total Population 82,944
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 13.4%
Employed Population 16+ 41,568
Age of the Population 31

Families

% of people married 34.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 40.7%
Median Earnings25+ $32,324
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,491
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,216

Wealth

Median Family Income $64,682
% Above Poverty Level 77%
% Below Poverty Level 23%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 6.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 12%
% Using Public Transportation 5.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 34.1%
Median Gross Rent $902
Median House Value $285,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 26%
US/American 0.1%
English 12%
Irish 15%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Bellingham Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 80 miles N of Seattle, Washington
County Whatcom
Metro Area Bellingham
Standard Zip Codes 98225, 98226, 98229
P.O. Box Zip Codes 98227, 98228
Phone Area Codes 360
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 48.759
Longitude -122.486

Bellingham Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station BELLINGHAM 3 SSW
Distance 3.3 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 46 F
Apr Temp 42 to 58 F
Jul Temp 54 to 73 F
Oct Temp 45 to 59 F
Annual Precip 34.8 inches
Station BELLINGHAM INTL AP
Distance 3.5 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 45 F
Apr Temp 41 to 57 F
Jul Temp 54 to 71 F
Oct Temp 43 to 59 F
Annual Precip 36.2 inches
Station CLEARBROOK
Distance 15.9 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 43 F
Apr Temp 40 to 60 F
Jul Temp 51 to 75 F
Oct Temp 42 to 60 F
Annual Precip 45.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Bellingham, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bakerview (98226)

Chuckanut (98225)

Fairhaven (98225)

Marietta (98225)

Silver Beach (98226)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Anacortes 16,048 $73,764
Everson 2,553 $59,138
Ferndale 12,355 $71,328
Lynden 12,886 $70,645
Nooksack 1,807 $65,561
Sumas 1,563 $58,417

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Bellingham Hospitals

ST JOSEPHS HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
2901 SQUALICUM PARKWAY
(360) 734-5400
Emergency Service: Yes

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Bellingham High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

SQUALICUM HIGH SCHOOL
3773 E MCLEOD RD
360-676-6464
Serves 1,237 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.7

SEHOME HIGH SCHOOL
2700 BILL MCDONALD PKWY
360-676-6481
Serves 1,096 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.5

BELLINGHAM HIGH SCHOOL
2020 CORNWALL AVE
360-676-6470
Serves 1,091 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.7

MERIDIAN HIGH SCHOOL
194 W LAUREL ROAD
360-398-8111
Serves 492 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.5

OPTIONS HIGH SCHOOL
2015 FRANKLIN ST
360-647-6871
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 121 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.2

BLAINE AT TIMBER RIDGE
5604 MISSION ROAD
360-966-0106
Serves 52 students.

MOUNT BAKER AT TIMBER RIDGE
5604 MISSION RD
360-966-0106
A Non-traditional School
Serves 52 students.

MERIDIAN AT TIMBER RIDGE
5604 MISSION ROAD
360-966-7076
Serves 39 students.

WHATCOM CO DETENTION CTR
311 GRAND AVE 6TH FL
360-676-6707
Serves 37 students.

NOOKSACK AT TIMBER RIDGE
5604 MISSION RD
360-988-2641
Serves 33 students.

LYNDEN AT TIMBER RIDGE
5604 MISSION RD
360-966-7076
Serves 32 students.

COMMUNITY TRANSITIONS 18-21
2036 ELLIS ST
360-676-5092
A Special Education School
Serves 26 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26

MARTIN CENTER
2806 DOUGLAS AVE
360-676-2787
A Non-traditional School
Serves 11 students.

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