Bellingham, WA

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Living in Bellingham

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.

Combining city textures and college town sensibilities, Bellingham really has a nice blend of characteristics. While not a huge city, Bellingham is big enough to offer a healthy dose of diversion, opportunity, and amenity to its residents and to the thousands of college students who descend on it every fall. Its size and diversity makes Bellingham more than just a college town, but removing the students from the equation would undeniably change Bellingham’s character and quality of life.

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.

Bellingham is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Bellingham use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Bellingham‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

Bellingham is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 44.28% of adults in Bellingham have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

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.