Bellingham, Washington 

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+8.1% since 2020

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9.1 / 5.3

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Best Places to Live in Bellingham, Washington

Bellingham, Washington offers stunning views of Puget Sound with plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities such as hiking trails in Chuckanut Mountains or boating in Marine Life Sanctuary Area nearby Bellingham Bay's shoreline.. This city is also known for its vibrant arts scene with museums, galleries and theaters scattered across town making it perfect for culture lovers wanting an immersive experience! Small city - East shore of Puget Sound along I-5 in extreme northwest Washington, 25 miles south of Canadian border.
State: Washington
County: Whatcom County
Metro Area: Bellingham Metro Area
City: Bellingham
Zip Codes: 98225 98226 98229
Cost of Living: 23.2% higher
Time zone: Pacific Standard Time (PST)
Elevation: 68 ft above sea level

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Bellingham, Wa Housing Market
Least Expensive HomesHomes Over 2,000 Sq. Ft.
Most Expensive HomesHomes less than 10 yrs old
All Single Family Homes
Nearby recreation
Pleasant summers
Attractive setting
Economic cycles
Clouds and rain
Some crime issues

What Bert Has To Say About Bellingham Metro Area

Bellingham is a lush, green, rapidly growing and typically Pacific Northwest city about half way between Seattle and Vancouver. Its legacy, still in force to a degree, is as a thriving lumber and paper-mill town and seaport for outbound forest products. Today, the beautiful setting, climate, and relatively low costs for a West Coast location are bringing many migrants to the area. The economy is making the transition from cyclical basic industries to more of a steady new-economy flavor. Some work locally, some make the lengthy commute (likely in carpools) to Seattle and especially its northern suburbs and some telecommute or run small businesses serving clients in the larger cities. There is a strong and growing base of retirees.


The unemployment rate in Bellingham is 6.2% (U.S. avg. is 6.0%). Recent job growth is Positive. Bellingham jobs have increased by 1.7%. More Economy

Compared to the rest of the country, Bellingham's cost of living is 23.2% higher than the U.S. average. More Cost of Living or Compare Bellingham's Cost of Living

July, August and June are the most pleasant months in Bellingham, while December and January are the least comfortable months. Today's Weather | Climate Averages

In the last Presidential election, Whatcom county remained overwhelmingly Democratic, 60.4% to 36.4%. More Voting Stats

Bellingham's population is 90,545 people. Since 2020, it has had a population growth of 8.1%. Learn More...

Average Commute time is 17.7 minutes. The National Average is 26.4 minutes. Learn More...

The median home cost in Bellingham is Real Estate: $606,400. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been 6.8%.

Bellingham public schools spend $10,143 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 19.9 students per teacher in Bellingham. More Education

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Housing Market in Bellingham

It's a good time to buy in Bellingham. Home Appreciation is up 6.8% in the last 12 months.
The median home price in Bellingham is $606,400.
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Reviews for Bellingham   58 Reviews
I love Bellingham - 8/10/2022
I've lived in so many cities in 5 west coast states and have come to a conclusion that Bellingham is the greatest city to live, work, play and raise a family. After... Read More

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Bellingham is the shiz - 10/28/2021
From what I’ve seen and heard, the very liberal political/ethical beliefs of Bellingham residents, as well as the grey rainy weather, are the main things a few people... Read More

You’ll hate it here don’t move. - 10/17/2021
If you’re like many Americans and caught up in right vs left you won’t like the far left here in Bellingham wa. If you put politics away and you enjoy skiing,... Read More

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