Bellingham, WA Community Information

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As the tenth largest city in the state of Washington, Bellingham may not be the biggest, but it has some of the best outdoor experiences in the Whatcom County and in the nation. Nearby Whatcom Falls Park beckons with more than 241 acres at your disposal, including four sets of waterfalls and several walking trails. During the summer months, Whirlpool Falls becomes a popular swimming hole where locals jump off cliffs as high as 50 feet past the falls and into the pool.

Bellingham is a city built around a bay. A common sight to residents is the orca whales that inhabit the waters west of the Bellingham Bay. You can take a day and learn more about whales at the Whale Museum or charter a boat to see them up close. Other fun activities include the Whatcom Museum of History and Art, which features local history exhibits, historic cruises on Bellingham Bay, walking tours and watching or participating in the biggest event of the year: “The Ski to Sea Race.” It is a Bellingham tradition consisting of a seven leg relay race. Participants must complete cross country skiing, downhill skiing (snowboarding), running, biking, canoeing (two persons), mountain biking and kayaking heats. All these events are available to residents all year long!

If you love watching outdoor competitions, then Bellingham is the place for you! In 2010, Vancouver, British Columbia, will be the host of the Winter Olympics. Bellingham is the closest United States city to Vancouver. Because Bellingham is a bay, there are many different modes of transportation, with the Port of Bellingham and the Alaska marine Highway System as the most popular routes. You can also watch the Bellingham Bells (baseball), the Bellingham Slam (basketball) or the Bellingham Bulls (ice hockey) on a night out with the family.

Bellingham was not always an eventful port city. The city was first named after the bay, which was named for Sir William Bellingham. Sir Bellingham was the controller of the storekeeper’s account of the Royal Navy and his name was chosen by George Vancouver, an officer in the Royal Navy, in June 1792. At the time, Bellingham had only a few houses. In 1858, the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush brought thousands up from California and the town grew overnight into a lively seaport.

Today, Bellingham is home to 74,770 residents. It is situated on Bellingham Bay west of Mount Baker (which holds the world’s record for the greatest amount of snowfall in one season) and north of Chuckanut Mountains and Skagit Valley with the Whatcom Creek running through the middle.

These natural landmarks are what attract the continuous flow of home buyers to the Bellingham market. New properties are constantly springing up all over the city, including in the Downtown area, Fairhaven, Happy Valley, Cordata, and Barkley neighborhoods. The city has also recently seen an increase in Bellingham real estate prices. However, there has been an increase in home sales since 2006. The current average price of a Bellingham home for sale is at 375,585. 610 homes were sold in 2007 with an average of 91 days on the market, according to the data compiled by Localism.

So start your search today for a home in Bellingham and bring the outdoor excitement right to your doorstep.

Sources:
Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism
Whale Museum
Port of Bellingham
City of Bellingham
Bellingham Wikipedia
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Bellingham, WA Community Information

Population

115,617

Median Age

32.9

Median Household Income

$51,430

Households with Children

42.17%

Median Travel Time to Work

19 minutes

Bellingham, WA Real Estate Market Information

Homes Owned

56.57%

Homes Rented

39.05%

Homes Vacant

4.38%

Bellingham, WA School Information

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  • Total Population 115,617
  • Total Male Population 57,125
  • Total Female Population 58,492
  • Population change since 2000 52.91%
  • Median age 32.9
  • Percent of households with children 42.17%
  • Personal Crime risk 114

Transportation

  • Median travel time to work 19 minutes
  • Percent using Public transportation 2.53%
  • Percent Driving/Using Carpool 83.77
  • Percent Using Other transportation 7.62%
  • Percent Working From Home 6.07%

Education Levels

  • Some high school 8.32%
  • High school graduate 23.95%
  • Some college 23.56%
  • Associate degree 9.39%
  • Bachelor's degree 23.11%
  • Graduate degree 11.66%

Occupation

  • Agriculture, forestry, and fishing 1.16%
  • Construction 7.75%
  • Manufacturing 9.77%
  • Wholesale Trade 2.44%
  • Retail Trade 12.86%
  • Finance, insurance and real estate 4.76%
  • Services 5.63%
  • Public administration 3.38%
  • Information 2.15%
  • Professional 10.27%
  • Education 25.04%
  • Arts 10.88%

Income

  • Average household income $67,222
  • Income change since 2000 25.72%

Climate

  • Avg. January high/low temp 42.80 / 31.53
  • Avg. July high/low temp 72.46 / 51.78
  • Annual precipitation 44.56

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