Birch Bay, Washington

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Population in 2010: 8,413. Population change since 2000: +69.6%
Males: 4,244  (50.5%)
Females: 4,169  (49.5%)
Median resident age:  44.2 years
Washington median age:  32.2 years

Zip codes: 98230, 98248.

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Estimated median household income in 2012: $51,002 (it was $40,040 in 2000)
Birch Bay:

$51,002
WA:

$57,573
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $29,323 (it was $21,204 in 2000)

Birch Bay CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $209,466 (it was $117,000 in 2000)
Birch Bay:

$209,466
WA:

$243,000
Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $240,724; Detached houses: $312,599; Townhouses or other attached units: $108,313; In 2-unit structures: $406,174; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $138,288; Mobile homes: $121,084; Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $84,458

Median gross rent in 2012: $1,146.

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  • White alone - 5,967 (72.3%)
  • Asian alone - 896 (10.9%)
  • Hispanic - 831 (10.1%)
  • Black alone - 209 (2.5%)
  • Two or more races - 209 (2.5%)
  • American Indian alone - 137 (1.7%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone - 11 (0.1%)

Races in Birch Bay detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Birch Bay: 98.5 (near average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (13.6%), English (8.3%), Irish (8.0%), Norwegian (5.1%), United States (4.6%), Dutch (4.5%).

Current Local Time: PST time zone

Elevation: 10 feet

Land area: 15.8 square miles.

Population density: 532 people per square mile   (low).

Birch Bay,WA real estate house value index trend

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For population 25 years and over in Birch Bay:

  • High school or higher: 86.2%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 27.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 8.0%
  • Unemployed: 8.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.2 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Birch Bay CDP:

  • Never married: 13.7%
  • Now married: 64.5%
  • Separated: 1.9%
  • Widowed: 7.4%
  • Divorced: 12.4%

1,319 residents are foreign born (5.2% North America, 3.2% Europe).

This place:  16.0%
Washington:  13.3%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $1,773 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $1,464 (0.6%)

Birch Bay satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Bellingham, WA (17.7 miles , pop. 67,171).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Seattle, WA (92.3 miles , pop. 563,374).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (1051.1 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities: Blaine, WA (2.0 miles ), Custer, WA (2.2 miles ), Ferndale, WA (3.0 miles ), Lummi Reservation, WA (3.5 miles ), Lynden, WA (3.6 miles ), Marietta-Alderwood, WA (3.7 miles ), Point Roberts, WA (3.8 miles ), Lummi Island, WA (4.2 miles ).

Latitude: 48.93 N, Longitude: 122.75 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 360

Birch Bay household income distribution Birch Bay home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

5.1%
Washington:

5.3%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (19%)
  • Construction (15%)
  • Wholesale trade (10%)
  • Other services, except public administration (8%)
  • Retail trade (8%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Retail trade (19%)
  • Health care and social assistance (19%)
  • Manufacturing (15%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (7%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (6%)
  • Public administration (5%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (8%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (7%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (5%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (4%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (4%)
  • Other protective service workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (5%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (5%)
  • Business operations specialists (4%)
  • Cashiers (4%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4%)

Work and jobs in Birch Bay: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Birch Bay, Washington

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

Birch Bay-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Washington state average. It is 107% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/13/1949 at 19:55:42, a magnitude 7.0 (7.0 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 116.9 miles away from the city center, causing $80,000,000 total damage
On 2/28/2001 at 18:54:32, a magnitude 6.8 (6.5 MB, 6.6 MS, 6.8 MW, Depth: 32.2 mi, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 127.7 miles away from Birch Bay center, causing $2,000,000,000 total damage and $305,000,000 insured losses
On 4/29/1965 at 15:28:43, a magnitude 6.6 (6.6 UK) earthquake occurred 113.3 miles away from the city center, causing $28,000,000 total damage
On 7/3/1999 at 01:43:54, a magnitude 5.8 (5.4 MB, 5.5 MS, 5.8 MW, 5.3 ME, Depth: 25.2 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 131.4 miles away from the city center
On 5/3/1996 at 04:04:22, a magnitude 5.5 (5.2 MB, 5.3 MD, 5.5 ML, Depth: 2.5 mi) earthquake occurred 88.8 miles away from Birch Bay center
On 4/14/1990 at 05:33:26, a magnitude 5.2 (4.4 MB, 4.1 MS, 5.2 ML, Depth: 7.8 mi) earthquake occurred 27.3 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), energy magnitude (ME), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Whatcom County (15) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 14
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 10, Storms: 8, Mudslides: 3, Winter Storms: 3, Snows: 2, Earthquake: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Landslide: 1, Volcanic Eruption: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospitals and medical centers near Birch Bay:

  • ICELANDIC OLD FOLKS HOME (Nursing Home, about 5 miles away; BLAINE, WA)
  • STAFHOLT GOOD SAMARITAN CENTER (Nursing Home, about 5 miles away; BLAINE, WA)
  • PIONEER RIDGE HEALTH CARE (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; FERNDALE, WA)
  • SUTTON GARDENS HEALTH CARE (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; FERNDALE, WA)
  • WALGREENS INFUSION AND RESPIRATORY SERVICES (Home Health Center, about 14 miles away; BELLINGHAM, WA)
  • NORTH CASCADES HEALTH AND REHABILITATION CENTER (Nursing Home, about 15 miles away; BELLINGHAM, WA)
  • CHRISTIAN HEALTH CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 15 miles away; LYNDEN, WA)

Amtrak stations near Birch Bay:

  • 17 miles: SURREY (187 176TH ST.) - Bus Station
  • 19 miles: BELLINGHAM (401 HARRIS AVE.) . Services: ticket office, partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Birch Bay:

  • Whatcom Community College (about 15 miles; Bellingham, WA; Full-time enrollment: 3,265)
  • Western Washington University (about 19 miles; Bellingham, WA; FT enrollment: 13,875)
  • Skagit Valley College (about 40 miles; Mount Vernon, WA; FT enrollment: 3,803)
  • Peninsula College (about 66 miles; Port Angeles, WA; FT enrollment: 2,012)
  • Everett Community College (about 69 miles; Everett, WA; FT enrollment: 5,818)
  • Edmonds Community College (about 80 miles; Lynnwood, WA; FT enrollment: 7,271)
  • Shoreline Community College (about 84 miles; Shoreline, WA; FT enrollment: 5,026)

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Notable locations in Birch Bay: Birch Bay Village Golf Course (A), Birch Bay Village Marina (B), Birch Bay Sewage Treatment Plant (C), Whatcom County Fire District 7 Grandview Road (D), North Whatcom Fire Rescue Station 63 Birch Bay (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Birch Bay include: North Bay Christ the King Community Church (A), Bay Community Baptist Church (B), Birch Bay Bible Community Church (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs: Unruh Reservoir (A), Heide Pond (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Birch Bay: Birch Bay State Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Whatcom County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2012 was 44.1. This is significantly better than average.

City:

44.1
U.S.:

74.2

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2005 was 12.1. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 15.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

12.1
U.S.:

20.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2003 was 6.99. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 18.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

6.99
U.S.:

9.14

Drinking water stations with addresses in Birch Bay that have no violations reported:

  • BIRCH BAY WATER & SEWER DISTRICT (Population served: 9,485, Primary Water Source Type: Purch groundwater)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 12.2%
(5.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 18.5% for Black residents, 72.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 21.5% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 100.0% for other race residents, 3.5% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This place:  2.3 people
Washington:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  66.0%
Whole state:  64.4%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  7.3%
Whole state:  7.7%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.6% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households
28 people in maritime/merchant vessels in 2010
9 people in group homes intended for adults in 2010
5 people in other group homes in 2000

Birch Bay compared to Washington state average:

  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage above state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
  • House age below state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012

Birch Bay travel time to work - commute Birch Bay mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (44%)
  • Electricity (41%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (11%)
  • Wood (3%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2008 2012

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Religion statistics for Birch Bay CDP (based on Whatcom County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 29.37%
Here: 29.4%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchChristian Reformed Church in North AmericaAssemblies of GodLDS (Mormon) ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in America
Adherents27.1%10.5%7.3%7.3%7.0%
Congregations4.8%6.9%6.9%6.9%6.9%
NameReformed Church in AmericaUnited Methodist ChurchEpiscopal ChurchGeneral Association of Regular Baptist ChurchesOther
Adherents4.0%3.4%2.8%2.5%28.1%
Congregations2.8%4.8%1.4%2.8%55.9%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 34
Whatcom County:

1.77 / 10,000 pop.
Washington:

2.06 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 3
This county:

0.16 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.19 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 16
Whatcom County:

0.83 / 10,000 pop.
Washington:

1.18 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 73
Whatcom County:

3.80 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.67 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 184
Here:

9.57 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.26 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

6.1%
Washington:

7.7%
Adult obesity rate:
Whatcom County:

23.1%
Washington:

25.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

14.4%
State:

13.9%

5.84% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($39,978 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.84%
Washington average:

6.54%

0.12% of residents moved from foreign countries ($1,842 average AGI)
Whatcom County:

0.12%
Washington average:

0.14%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from King County, WA  0.83% ($37,411 average AGI)
from Skagit County, WA  0.51% ($32,284)
from Snohomish County, WA  0.51% ($37,944)


5.96% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($34,736 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.96%
Washington average:

6.20%

0.17% of residents moved to foreign countries ($1,448 average AGI)
Whatcom County:

0.17%
Washington average:

0.14%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to King County, WA  1.12% ($30,151 average AGI)
to Snohomish County, WA  0.49% ($34,050)
to Skagit County, WA  0.49% ($39,883)

Strongest AM radio stations in Birch Bay:

  • KARI (550 AM; 25 kW; BLAINE, WA; Owner: WAY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KRPI (1550 AM; 50 kW; FERNDALE, WA; Owner: BBC BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KPUG (1170 AM; 10 kW; BELLINGHAM, WA; Owner: SAGA BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • KGMI (790 AM; 5 kW; BELLINGHAM, WA)
  • KAPS (660 AM; 10 kW; MOUNT VERNON, WA; Owner: VALLEY BROADCASTERS, INC.)
  • KIXI (880 AM; 50 kW; MERCER ISLAND/SEATTL, WA; Owner: BELLEVUE RADIO, INC.)
  • KIRO (710 AM; 50 kW; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: ENTERCOM SEATTLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • KRKO (1380 AM; 50 kW; EVERETT, WA; Owner: S-R BROADCASTING, CO.)
  • KGNW (820 AM; 50 kW; BURIEN-SEATTLE, WA; Owner: INSPIRATION MEDIA, INC.)
  • KTTH (770 AM; 50 kW; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: ENTERCOM SEATTLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • KKOL (1300 AM; 50 kW; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: INSPIRATION MEDIA, INC.)
  • KOMO (1000 AM; 50 kW; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: FISHER BROADCASTING - SEATTLE RADIO, L.L.C.)
  • KBAI (930 AM; 1 kW; BELLINGHAM, WA; Owner: SAGA BROADCASTING, LLC)

Strongest FM radio stations in Birch Bay:

  • KISM (92.9 FM; BELLINGHAM, WA; Owner: SAGA BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • KWPZ (106.5 FM; LYNDEN, WA; Owner: CRISTA MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • KAFE (104.3 FM; BELLINGHAM, WA; Owner: SAGA BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • K201FH (88.1 FM; BELLINGHAM, WA; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • K210CN (89.9 FM; BELLINGHAM, WA; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • KUGS (89.3 FM; BELLINGHAM, WA; Owner: WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY)
  • KSVR (91.7 FM; MOUNT VERNON, WA; Owner: BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF SKAGIT VALLEY COLLEGE)
  • KZAZ (91.7 FM; BELLINGHAM, WA; Owner: WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • K206CU (89.1 FM; MOUNT VERNON, WA; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Birch Bay:

  • KBCB (Channel 24; BELLINGHAM, WA; Owner: WORLD TELEVISION OF WASHINGTON, LLC.)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

4
  • Property Management, 5491 Grandview Road (Lat: 48.892194 Lon: -122.780944), Type: 35.1, Overall height: 35.1 m
    Registrant: 4256435000, Fcc@wacorp.Net, 111 108TH AVE NE, SUITE 160
  • Property Management, 5491 Grandview Road (Lat: 48.892194 Lon: -122.780944), Type: 35.1, Overall height: 35.1 m
    Registrant: 4256435000, Fcc@wacorp.Net, 111 108TH AVE NE, SUITE 160
  • Kristin A Steiner, 5491 Grandview Road (Lat: 48.892194 Lon: -122.780944), Type: 35.1, Overall height: 35.1 m
    Registrant: 9495151500, Pm@mobilitie.Com, 660 NEWPORT CENTER DRIVE, STE 200
  • Edward G Roach, 5491 Grandview Road (Lat: 48.892194 Lon: -122.780944), Type: 35.1, Overall height: 35.1 m
    Registrant: 9495151500, Pm@mobilitie.Com, 660 NEWPORT CENTER DRIVE, STE 200

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

2
  • Call Sign: KF7AEQ, Licensee ID: L01466711
    Grant Date: 02/13/2009, Expiration Date: 02/13/2019, Cancellation Date: 08/23/2011, Certifier: John W C Simmons
    Registrant: John W C Simmons, 5001 Bay Rd G2, Birch Bay, WA 98230
  • Call Sign: W7WCS, Previous Call Sign: KF7AEQ, Licensee ID: L01466711
    Grant Date: 08/23/2011, Expiration Date: 08/23/2021, Certifier: John W. C. Simmons
    Registrant: John W C Simmons, 5001 Bay Rd G2, Birch Bay, WA 98230

FAA Registered Aircraft:

1
  • Aircraft: RAVEN S-50A (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 60 mph), Engine: None
    N-Number: 51498 , Serial Number: S50A-219
    Registrant (Individual): Reported Sale, 50381 S First St, Birch Bay, WA 98230

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 partial tract)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED31$197,05639$246,471182$229,6667$132,28629$256,47630$162,642
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED3$187,4135$210,77421$213,9521$49,2406$192,8223$157,897
APPLICATIONS DENIED6$192,6954$198,29357$233,5273$132,70312$235,8277$108,730
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN6$196,8305$211,15645$237,7063$176,7278$306,6966$169,220
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$01$149,6308$244,3360$00$01$150,390

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0104.02

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 partial tract)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED4$275,8732$283,0300$0
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED1$137,0302$228,6400$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED1$166,4205$261,1601$277,880
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$01$314,5200$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$00$0

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 0104.02

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

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