Bellingham, WA

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2020 Population
90,821
2.32% 1-year growth
US Senator
Patty Murray
Democratic Party
US Senator
Maria Cantwell
Democratic Party
2020 Median Age
32.9
4.44% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
20%
3.82% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$56,198
5.25% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$405,700
8.27% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
48,864
5.67% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Bellingham, WA had a population of 90.8k people with a median age of 32.9 and a median household income of $56,198. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Bellingham, WA grew from 88,764 to 90,821, a 2.32% increase and its median household income grew from $53,396 to $56,198, a 5.25% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Bellingham, WA are White (Non-Hispanic) (77.4%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (5.91%), White (Hispanic) (4.74%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (4.45%), and Other (Hispanic) (3.39%).

None of the households in Bellingham, 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.

95.1% of the residents in Bellingham, WA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Bellingham, 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, WA was $405,700, and the homeownership rate was 46.4%.

Most people in Bellingham, WA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 19 minutes. The average car ownership in Bellingham, WA was 2 cars per household.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Bellingham, WA is home to a population of 90.8k people, from which 95.1% are citizens. As of 2020, 9.42% of Bellingham, WA residents were born outside of the country (8.56k people).

In 2020, there were 13.1 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (70.3k people) in Bellingham, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.37k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 4.31k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

95.1%
2020 Citizenship
95.4%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 95.1% of Bellingham, WA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Bellingham, WA was 95.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Bellingham, WA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    70.3k ± 1.17k
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    5.37k ± 646
  3. White (Hispanic)
    4.31k ± 838
9.61%
Hispanic Population
8.73k people

In 2020, there were 13.1 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (70.3k people) in Bellingham, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.37k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 4.31k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

9.61% of the people in Bellingham, WA are hispanic (8.73k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    245,459 ± 11,963 people
  2. India
    87,443 ± 7,218 people
  3. China
    77,854 ± 6,815 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Washington was Mexico, the natal country of 245,459 Washington residents, followed by India with 87,443 and China with 77,854.

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Foreign-Born Population

9.42%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
8.56k people
9.67%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
8.58k people

As of 2020, 9.42% of Bellingham, WA residents (8.56k 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, WA was 9.67%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,678 ± 316
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,163 ± 402
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    486 ± 173

Bellingham, WA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.44 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Bellingham, WA employs 48.9k people. The largest industries in Bellingham, WA are Health Care & Social Assistance (7,098 people), Educational Services (6,410 people), and Retail Trade (6,002 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($67,353), Public Administration ($56,000), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($49,463).

Males in Washington have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $61,193. The income inequality in Washington (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

48.9k
2020 Value
± 2,055
5.67%
1 Year growth
± 5.34%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Bellingham, WA grew at a rate of 5.67%, from 46.2k employees to 48.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Bellingham, WA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,795 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,737 people), and Management Occupations (4,573 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Bellingham, WA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

48.9k
2020 Value
± 2,055
5.67%
1 Year growth
± 5.34%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Bellingham, WA grew at a rate of 5.67%, from 46.2k employees to 48.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Bellingham, WA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (7,098 people), Educational Services (6,410 people), and Retail Trade (6,002 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Bellingham, WA, though some of these residents may live in Bellingham, 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

$37,368
Median earning men ± $2,532
$27,066
Median earning women ± $1,721

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Public Administration ($76,821), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($50,130), and Information ($48,935).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Public Administration ($44,460), Wholesale Trade ($40,609), and Manufacturing ($40,500).

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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.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Washington.

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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).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Washington products.

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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.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Washington trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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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.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Washington shares with each state (excluding itself).

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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.

The following chart shows elected senators in Washington over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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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, WA awarded 6,052 degrees. The student population of Bellingham, WA in 2020 is skewed towards women, with 8,450 male students and 11,321 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Bellingham, WA are White (4,241 and 71.6%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (548 and 9.25%), Two or More Races (443 and 7.48%), and Asian (337 and 5.69%).

The largest universities in Bellingham, WA by number of degrees awarded are Western Washington University (4,117 and 68%), Whatcom Community College (1,252 and 20.7%), and Bellingham Technical College (677 and 11.2%).

The most popular majors in Bellingham, WA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (565 and 9.34%), General Psychology (203 and 3.35%), and Environmental Science (167 and 2.76%).

The median tuition cost in Bellingham, WA for a public four year colleges is $4,419 for in-state students and $9,867 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
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In 2020 in Bellingham, 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 19,771 (42.7% men and 57.3% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2020 there were 19,771 students enrolled in Bellingham, WA, 42.7% men and 57.3% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 13,207 records, of which 57.4% were women and 42.6% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 203 degree-majors awarded
  2. 160 degree-majors awarded
  3. 145 degree-majors awarded

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

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Bellingham, WA according to their major.

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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, 2,532 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Bellingham, WA, which is 0.719 times less than the 3,520 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 4,241 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 548 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 ($4,419) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2020.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,131) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2020.

Public, 4-year or above ($954) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2020, 0.797% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.827% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2020 were Some college (1.42M), High School or Equivalent (1.36M), and Bachelors Degree (1.26M).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in Bellingham, WA was $405,700 in 2020, which is 1.77 times larger than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $374,700 to $405,700, a 8.27% increase. The homeownership rate in Bellingham, WA is 46.4%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Bellingham, WA have an average commute time of 19 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Bellingham, WA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Bellingham, WA is $56,198. In 2020, the place with the highest median household income in Bellingham, WA was Census Tract 8.04 with a value of $97,702, followed by Census Tract 9.02 and Census Tract 12.02, with respective values of $95,481 and $78,563.

Property

$405,700
Median Property Value 2020
±$13,345
$17,954
Median Property Taxes
±$1,157

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Bellingham, WA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Bellingham, WA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

46.4%
Homeownership
2020
67%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 46.4% of the housing units in Bellingham, WA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 45.4%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 8.04
  2. Census Tract 9.02
  3. Census Tract 12.02

In 2020, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Bellingham, WA was Census Tract 8.04 with a value of $97,702, followed by Census Tract 9.02 and Census Tract 12.02, with respective values of $95,481 and $78,563.

The following map shows all of the places in Bellingham, WA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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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.
$56,198
Median Household Income
± $2,408
38.7k
Number of Households
± 1,694

In 2020, the median household income of the 38.7k households in Bellingham, WA grew to $56,198 from the previous year's value of $53,396.

The following chart displays the households in Bellingham, WA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Bellingham, WA is from Washington.
0.466
2020 Wage GINI in Washington
0.468
2019 Wage GINI in Washington

In 2020, the income inequality in Washington was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.301% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Washington was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Washington in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (68.1%)
  2. Worked At Home (7.72%)
  3. Carpooled (7.41%)

In 2020, 68.1% of workers in Bellingham, WA drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (7.72%) and those who carpooled to work (7.41%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

19 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Bellingham, WA have a shorter commute time (19 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 2.48% of the workforce in Bellingham, 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, WA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Bellingham, WA have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

20% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Bellingham, WA (17.2k out of 86k 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, WA is White, followed by Hispanic and Asian.

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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95.1% of the population of Bellingham, WA has health coverage, with 51.1% on employee plans, 16.2% on Medicaid, 11.8% on Medicare, 14.6% on non-group plans, and 1.4% 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 Whatcom County, WA see 1106 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.912% increase from the previous year (1096 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1373 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 214 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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1,106 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Whatcom County, WA

Primary care physicians in Whatcom County, WA see an average of 1,106 patients per year. This represents a 0.912% increase from the previous year (1,096 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Whatcom County, WA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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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 16.7% under 18 years, 36.2% between 18 and 34 years, 31.8% between 35 and 64 years, and 15.3% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.3% were men and 51.7% were women.

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Uninsured People

4.91%
Uninsured
51.1%
Employer Coverage
16.2%
Medicaid
11.8%
Medicare
14.6%
Non-Group
1.4%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Bellingham, WA declined by 4.18% from 5.13% to 4.91%.

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