Bellingham is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Washington. With a population of 92,314 people and 19 constituent neighborhoods, Bellingham is the 12th largest community in Washington.
Housing costs in Bellingham are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Washington.
Unlike some cities, Bellingham isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Bellingham are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Bellingham is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bellingham who work in sales jobs (10.90%), office and administrative support (10.40%), and food service (8.53%).
Also of interest is that Bellingham has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Bellingham is made interesting by being both a reasonably big city and having a major college student population: students here will find that the city provides a lot of amenities, culture, and opportunities for them. Bellingham is more than just a college town, however, though the thousands of students certainly are a major part of the character of the city, as well as a contributor to the local economy.
Not only is Bellingham a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Bellingham is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Bellingham a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
One of the nice things about Bellingham is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Bellingham is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Bellingham area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
The education level of Bellingham ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Bellingham, 44.28% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in Bellingham in 2018 was $30,791, which is middle income relative to Washington, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $123,164 for a family of four. However, Bellingham contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Bellingham is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Bellingham home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Bellingham residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Bellingham include German, Irish, English, Norwegian, and European.
The most common language spoken in Bellingham is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Langs. of India.