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1.83% growth
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2.08% growth
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0.98% growth
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7.14% growth


The economy of Bellingham, WA employs 42,520 people. The economy of Bellingham, WA is specialized in Educational Services; Arts, Entertainment, Recreation; and Retail trade, which employ respectively 1.61; 1.59; and 1.37 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Bellingham, WA are Retail trade (6,747), Educational Services (6,389), and Healthcare & Social Assistance (5,434), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($57,292), Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($49,308), and Professional, Scientific, Tech Services ($48,611).

Median household income in Bellingham, WA is $44,441. Males in Bellingham, WA have an average income that is 1.41 times higher than the average income of females, which is $43,119. The income inequality of Bellingham, WA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.458 which is lower than the national average.


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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Bellingham, WA. In Whatcom County, WA the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 18-24 and 18-24, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 86 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $7,014. Yakima County, WA has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in Washington.


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The closest comparable data for the census place of Bellingham, WA is from the county of Whatcom County, WA.

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Bellingham, WA is home to a population of 84,462 people, from which 95% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Bellingham, WA is composed of 66,726 White residents (79%), 6,912 Hispanic residents (8.18%), 4,979 Asian residents (5.89%), 3,092 Two+ residents (3.66%), and 1,382 Native residents (1.64%). The most common foreign languages in Bellingham, WA are Spanish (3,972 speakers), Russian (1,012 speakers), and Other Indic (877 speakers), but compared to other places, Bellingham, WA has a relative high number of Russian (1,012 speakers), Other Indic (877 speakers), and Thai (143 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Bellingham, WA awarded 5,911 degrees. The student population of Bellingham, WA is skewed towards females, with 2,506 male students and 3,405 female students. Most students in Bellingham, WA are White (4,338 and 73.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (379 and 6.41%), Two or more races (350 and 5.92%), and Unknown (305 and 5.16%). The largest universities in Bellingham, WA by number of graduates are Western Washington University (3,679 and 62.2%), Whatcom Community College (1,318 and 22.3%), and Bellingham Technical College (865 and 14.6%). The most popular majors in Bellingham, WA are General Psychology (168 and 2.84%), General Human Services (115 and 1.95%), and Speech Communication & Rhetoric (113 and 1.91%). The median tuition costs in Bellingham, WA are N/A for private four year colleges, and $6,732 and $20,646 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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The median property value in Bellingham, WA is $306,300, which is 1.49 times larger than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $285,900 to $306,300, a 7.14% increase. The homeownership rate of Bellingham, WA is 45%, which is lower than the national average of 63.6%. People in Bellingham, WA have an average commute time of 16.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Bellingham, WA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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