Bellingham, WA Cost of Living


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Bellingham cost of living score
117.5
More expensive
17.5% higher
than the US average
3.6% lower
than the Washington average
Bellingham, Washington gets a BestPlaces Cost of Living score of 117.5, which means the total cost of housing, food, childcare, transportation, healthcare, taxes, and other necessities is 17.5% higher than the U.S. average and 3.6% higher than the average for Washington.

Bellingham, WA

Housing costs in Bellingham?
A typical home costs $606,400, which is 79.4% more expensive than the national average of $338,100 and 13.4% more expensive than the average Washington home, at $534,700. Renting a two-bedroom unit in Bellingham costs $1,390 per month, which is 2.8% cheaper than the national average of $1,430 and 24.5% cheaper than the state average of $1,730.

Can I afford Bellingham?
To live comfortably in Bellingham, Washington, a minimum annual income of $116,280 for a family, and $45,200 for a single person is recommended.

What does A.I. say about Bellingham?
Bellingham offers you with an appealing option for economical living placed somewhere near Washington's Whatcom County offering up medians arriving around the mid-$400s and rent normally comes in a bit closer to $1,200 depending upon desired amenities - greatly cheaper compared to ocean side cities like Aberdeen or Hoquiam which are situated much further down northwestward. Groceries moreover remain completely equal with United States averages thanks largely to local taxes & regulations while sales tax equates out constant at no less than 9%.
   Cost of living score
     CategoriesBellinghamWashingtonUnited States
  117.5121.9100.0
  102.8101.1100
  97.288.8100.0
  191.7172.8100.0
  $606,400$534,700$338,100
  69.7%74.0%100.0%
  82.0113.6100.0
  141.1113.3100.0

   100=National Average

   Average Rent by Bedroom Size
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Over 2 years ago

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  More

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Over 3 years ago

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  More

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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,  More

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