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.
Bellingham is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 a nice balance between life in a moderately big city and the interesting diversions and culture that come from having a big college student population. The thousands of students who arrive on campus every fall will find that Bellingham has plenty of amenities and opportunities for them, while residents of Bellingham enjoy the lectures, music, art, and economic trickle-down that colleges typically provide. "Town and Gown" complement each other in Bellingham.
Not only is Bellingham a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, shaping the character of the city into a place that is geared toward, and considered attractive to, many single, educated people. Many singles consider Bellingham a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.
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.
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.
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.