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Whatcom County, WA&

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1.27% growth
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2% growth
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1.56% growth
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3.02% growth


The economy of Whatcom County, WA employs 99,796 people. The economy of Whatcom County, WA is specialized in Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting; Arts, Entertainment, Recreation; and Educational Services, which employ respectively 2.47; 1.43; and 1.2 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Whatcom County, WA are Retail trade (12,627), Healthcare & Social Assistance (12,411), and Educational Services (11,161), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($65,104), Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($49,911), and Transportation & Warehousing ($46,521).

Median household income in Whatcom County, WA is $54,207. Males in Whatcom County, 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 Whatcom County, 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 Whatcom County, 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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Whatcom County, WA is home to a population of 209,729 people, from which 94.8% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Whatcom County, WA is composed of 168,060 White residents (80.1%), 18,517 Hispanic residents (8.83%), 8,365 Asian residents (3.99%), 6,326 Two+ residents (3.02%), and 5,754 Native residents (2.74%). The most common foreign languages in Whatcom County, WA are Spanish (11,372 speakers), Russian (2,257 speakers), and Other Indic (1,647 speakers), but compared to other places, Whatcom County, WA has a relative high number of Russian (2,257 speakers), Other Slavic (687 speakers), and Other Indic (1,647 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Whatcom County, WA awarded 6,011 degrees. The student population of Whatcom County, WA is skewed towards females, with 2,529 male students and 3,482 female students. Most students in Whatcom County, WA are White (4,339 and 72.2%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (379 and 6.31%), Two or more races (353 and 5.87%), and Unknown (305 and 5.07%). The largest universities in Whatcom County, WA by number of graduates are Western Washington University (3,679 and 61.2%), Whatcom Community College (1,318 and 21.9%), and Bellingham Technical College (865 and 14.4%). The most popular majors in Whatcom County, WA are General Psychology (168 and 2.79%), General Human Services (115 and 1.91%), and Speech Communication & Rhetoric (113 and 1.88%). The median tuition costs in Whatcom County, 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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Housing & Living

The median property value in Whatcom County, WA is $283,000, which is 1.38 times larger than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $274,700 to $283,000, a 3.02% increase. The homeownership rate of Whatcom County, WA is 62.2%, which is lower than the national average of 63.6%. People in Whatcom County, WA have an average commute time of 19.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Whatcom County, WA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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