Bellingham City PUMA, WA

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2020 Population
224,538
1.68% 1-year growth
US Senator
Patty Murray
Democratic Party
US Senator
Maria Cantwell
Democratic Party
2020 Median Age
37.5
0.536% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
13.9%
1.72% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$65,420
3.87% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$369,000
6.74% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
102,557
0.759% 1-year growth

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In 2020, Bellingham City PUMA, WA had a population of 225k people with a median age of 37.5 and a median household income of $65,420. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Bellingham City PUMA, WA grew from 220,821 to 224,538, a 1.68% increase and its median household income grew from $62,984 to $65,420, a 3.87% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Bellingham City PUMA, WA are White (Non-Hispanic) (78.1%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (4.52%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (4.01%), White (Hispanic) (3.96%), and Other (Hispanic) (3.93%).

11.9% of the households in Bellingham City PUMA, WA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

94.9% of the residents in Bellingham City PUMA, WA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Whatcom County--Bellingham City PUMA, WA are Western Washington University (4,117 degrees awarded in 2020), Whatcom Community College (1,252 degrees), and Bellingham Technical College (677 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Bellingham City PUMA, WA was $369,000, and the homeownership rate was 62.2%.

Most people in Bellingham City PUMA, WA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Bellingham City PUMA, WA was 2 cars per household.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Bellingham City PUMA, WA is home to a population of 225k people, from which 94.9% are citizens. As of 2020, 10% of Bellingham City PUMA, WA residents were born outside of the country (22.5k people).

In 2020, there were 17.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (175k people) in Bellingham City PUMA, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 10.2k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 9k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The most common non-English languages spoken as the primary langauge in households in Bellingham City PUMA, WA are Spanish (13,056 households), Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) (1,906 households), and Russian (1,470 households).

Residents by Gender and Age

RACE/ETHNICITY
113,545
Women
50.5%
111,133
Men
49.5%

The resident population of United States in 2020 was 224,678 inhabitants, with 49.5% men, and 50.5% women.

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Citizenship

94.9%
2020 Citizenship
94.9%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 94.9% of Bellingham City PUMA, WA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Bellingham City PUMA, WA was 94.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Bellingham City PUMA, WA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    175k ± 559
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    10.2k ± 876
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    9k ± 621
9.68%
Hispanic Population
21.7k people

In 2020, there were 17.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (175k people) in Bellingham City PUMA, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 10.2k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 9k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

9.68% of the people in Bellingham City PUMA, WA are hispanic (21.7k people).

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin
  1. Canada
    5,405 ± 1,783 people
  2. Mexico
    5,025 ± 1,721 people
  3. India
    1,266 ± 871 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Bellingham City PUMA, WA was Canada, the natal country of 5,405 Bellingham City PUMA, WA residents, followed by Mexico with 5,025 and India with 1,266.

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Foreign-Born Population

10%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
22.5k people
10.1%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
22.3k people

As of 2020, 10% of Bellingham City PUMA, WA residents (22.5k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Bellingham City PUMA, WA was 10.1%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Non-English Households

Most Common Non-English Languages
  1. Spanish
    13,056 households (6.14%)
  2. Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese)
    1,906 households (0.896%)
  3. Russian
    1,470 households (0.691%)

11.9% of the households in Bellingham City PUMA, WA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

In 2020, the most common non-English language spoken in households in Bellingham City PUMA, WA was Spanish. 6.14% of the households in Bellingham City PUMA, WA reported speaking Spanish at home as the primary shared language between all members living in the household.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    5,256 ± 563
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    2,520 ± 527
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    2,034 ± 328

Bellingham City PUMA, WA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.09 times greater than any other conflict.

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The economy of Bellingham City PUMA, WA employs 103k people. The largest industries in Bellingham City PUMA, WA are Construction (8,490 people), Restaurants & Food Services (6,021 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (5,834 people), and the highest paying industries are Not specified retail trade ($135,944), Aircraft & parts manufacturing ($121,632), and Industrial & miscellaneous chemicals ($118,973).

Males in Bellingham City PUMA, WA have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $50,105. The income inequality in Bellingham City PUMA, WA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.445, which is lower than than the national average.

Workforce Diversity

Measure
RACE/ETHNICITY
48,400
Women
47.2%
54,157
Men
52.8%

The workforce of Bellingham City PUMA, WA in 2020 was 102,557 people, with 47.2% woman, and 52.8% men.

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Occupations

103k
2020 Value
0.759%
1 Year growth
± 0.759%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Bellingham City PUMA, WA grew at a rate of 0.759%, from 102k employees to 103k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Bellingham City PUMA, WA, are Other managers (2,852 people), Firstline supervisors of retail sales workers (2,371 people), and Driver/sales workers & truck drivers (2,356 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Bellingham City PUMA, WA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

103k
2020 Value
0.759%
1 Year growth
± 0.759%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Bellingham City PUMA, WA grew at a rate of 0.759%, from 102k employees to 103k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Bellingham City PUMA, WA, are Construction (8,490 people), Restaurants & Food Services (6,021 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (5,834 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Bellingham City PUMA, WA, though some of these residents may live in Bellingham City PUMA, WA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$46,770
Median earning men ± $2,494
$30,518
Median earning women ± $718

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Public Administration ($81,321), Information ($62,898), and Construction ($54,683).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Public Administration ($45,284), Construction ($43,516), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($42,490).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Washington. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

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Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Washington to other states, or from other states to Washington.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $105B
  2. $46.1B
  3. $35.2B

In 2020, the top outbound Washington product (by dollars) was Transport equip. with $105B, followed by Misc. mfg. prods. ($46.1B) and Mixed freight ($35.2B).

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$500B
2020 Value in Washington
$980B
Projected 2050 Value in Washington
95.8% growth

In 2020, total outbound Washington trade was $500B. This is expected to increase 95.8% to $980B by 2050.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Washington to other states, or from other states to Washington.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $34.9B
  2. $26.9B
  3. $23.3B

In 2020, the top outbound Washington domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Oregon with $34.9B, followed by California with $26.9B and Hawaii and $23.3B.

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Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell are the senators currently representing the state of Washington. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Washington is currently represented by 10 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Washington

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Patty Murray
Senator from Washington3
Assumed office on January 3, 1993
Maria Cantwell
Senator from Washington1
Assumed office on January 3, 2001

Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell are the senators currently representing Washington.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Washington

Washington is currently represented by 10 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Washington have changed over time starting in 2008.

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In 2020, universities in Bellingham City PUMA, WA awarded 6,184 degrees. The student population of Bellingham City PUMA, WA in 2020 is skewed towards women, with 8,612 male students and 11,714 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Bellingham City PUMA, WA are White (4,249 and 70.2%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (549 and 9.07%), Two or More Races (443 and 7.32%), and Asian (338 and 5.58%).

The largest universities in Bellingham City PUMA, WA by number of degrees awarded are Western Washington University (4,117 and 66.6%), Whatcom Community College (1,252 and 20.2%), and Bellingham Technical College (677 and 10.9%).

The most popular majors in Whatcom County--Bellingham City PUMA, WA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (565 and 9.14%), General Psychology (203 and 3.28%), and Environmental Science (176 and 2.85%).

The median tuition cost in Whatcom County--Bellingham City PUMA, WA for a public four year colleges is $5,401 for in-state students and $8,125 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2020 in Bellingham City PUMA, WA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 93.5%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 26.1%. The number of students enrolled in 2020 was 20,326 (42.4% men and 57.6% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2020 there were 20,326 students enrolled in Bellingham City PUMA, WA, 42.4% men and 57.6% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 13,232 records, of which 57.4% were women and 42.6% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 203 degree-majors awarded
  2. 169 degree-majors awarded
  3. 145 degree-majors awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Whatcom County--Bellingham City PUMA, WA was General Psychology with 203 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 4,117 degrees awarded
  2. 1,252 degrees awarded
  3. 677 degrees awarded

In 2020, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Western Washington University with 4,117 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2020, 2,560 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Bellingham City PUMA, WA, which is 0.706 times less than the 3,624 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 4,249 degrees mean that there were 7.74 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 549 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 4-year or above ($5,401) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2020.

Public, 4-year or above ($768) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2020.

Public, 4-year or above ($993) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

Measure

In 2020, 0.596% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.38% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population of Bellingham City PUMA, WA in 2020 were Some college (50.5k), High School or Equivalent (41.8k), and Bachelors Degree (36.7k).

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The median property value in Bellingham City PUMA, WA was $369,000 in 2020, which is 1.61 times larger than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $345,700 to $369,000, a 6.74% increase. The homeownership rate in Bellingham City PUMA, WA is 62.2%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Bellingham City PUMA, WA have an average commute time of 22.2 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Bellingham City PUMA, WA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Bellingham City PUMA, WA is $65,420. In 2020, the PUMA with the highest Median Household Income in Bellingham City PUMA, WA was Sammamish, Issaquah, Mercer Island & Newcastle Cities PUMA, WA with a value of $154,489, followed by Snoqualmie City, Cottage Lake, Union Hill & Novelty Hill PUMA, WA and Greater Bellevue City PUMA, WA, with respective values of $140,076 and $130,834.

Property

$369,000
Median Property Value 2020
±$6,402
$55,361
Median Property Taxes
±$1,824

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Rent vs Own

62.2%
Homeownership
2020
67.7%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 62.2% of the housing units in Bellingham City PUMA, WA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 61.9%.

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Income by Location

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In 2020, the PUMA with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Bellingham City PUMA, WA was Sammamish, Issaquah, Mercer Island & Newcastle Cities PUMA, WA with a value of $154,489, followed by Snoqualmie City, Cottage Lake, Union Hill & Novelty Hill PUMA, WA and Greater Bellevue City PUMA, WA, with respective values of $140,076 and $130,834.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$65,420
Median Household Income
± $2,177
85k
Number of Households
± 2,115

In 2020, the median household income of the 85k households in Bellingham City PUMA, WA grew to $65,420 from the previous year's value of $62,984.

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Wage Distribution

0.445
2020 Wage GINI in Bellingham City PUMA, WA
0.461
2019 Wage GINI in Bellingham City PUMA, WA

In 2020, the income inequality in Bellingham City PUMA, WA was 0.445 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 3.51% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Bellingham City PUMA, WA was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Bellingham City PUMA, WA in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (75.6%)
  2. Carpooled (8.2%)
  3. Worked At Home (6.99%)

In 2020, 75.6% of workers in Bellingham City PUMA, WA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.2%) and those who worked at home (6.99%).

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Commute Time

22.2 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Bellingham City PUMA, WA have a shorter commute time (22.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 2.89% of the workforce in Bellingham City PUMA, WA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Bellingham City PUMA, WA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Bellingham City PUMA, WA have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

13.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Bellingham City PUMA, WA (30.4k out of 219k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Bellingham City PUMA, WA is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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94.1% of the population of Bellingham City PUMA, WA has health coverage, with 48.2% on employee plans, 17.2% on Medicaid, 13% on Medicare, 14.3% on non-group plans, and 1.41% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Washington was $7,913 in 2014. This is a 4% increase from the previous year ($7,609).

Primary care physicians in Washington see 1184 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.0845% increase from the previous year (1183 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1198 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 251 patients per year.

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Washington, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,184 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Washington

Primary care physicians in Washington see an average of 1,184 patients per year. This represents a 0.0845% increase from the previous year (1,183 patients).

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Washington across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 21.1% under 18 years, 25.9% between 18 and 34 years, 35.8% between 35 and 64 years, and 17.2% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49% were men and 51% were women.

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Uninsured People

5.89%
Uninsured
48.2%
Employer Coverage
17.2%
Medicaid
13%
Medicare
14.3%
Non-Group
1.41%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Bellingham City PUMA, WA declined by 5.7% from 6.25% to 5.89%.

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