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Whatcom County

Population in July 2007: 7,368.
Males: 3,793  (51.5%)
Females: 3,575  (48.5%)

Median resident age:  38.9 years
Washington median age:  35.3 years

Estimated median household income in 2011: $48,839 (it was $37,938 in 2000)
East Whatcom:

$48,839
Washington:

$56,835
Estimated per capita income in 2011: $21,959

East Whatcom CCD income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2011: $205,123 (it was $113,200 in 2000)
East Whatcom:

$205,123
Washington:

$256,300
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $270,337; Detached houses: $332,909; Mobile homes: $148,849; Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $138,077

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East Whatcom races chart
  • White alone - 5,732 (89.4%)
  • Hispanic - 227 (3.5%)
  • Two or more races - 198 (3.1%)
  • American Indian alone - 184 (2.9%)
  • Asian alone - 35 (0.5%)
  • Black alone - 20 (0.3%)
  • Other race alone - 10 (0.2%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone - 4 (0.06%)

Races in East Whatcom detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth


Mar. 2012 cost of living index in East Whatcom: 185.8 (very high, U.S. average is 100)

Current Local Time: PST time zone

Land area: 1645.5 square miles.

Population density: 4.5 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).




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For population 25 years and over in East Whatcom:

  • High school or higher: 86.1%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 17.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.3%
  • Unemployed: 6.9%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 32.9 minutes

For population 15 years and over in East Whatcom CCD:

  • Never married: 22.3%
  • Now married: 63.5%
  • Separated: 1.5%
  • Widowed: 4.1%
  • Divorced: 10.1%

0 residents are foreign born

This place:  0.0%
Washington:  12.2%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

East Whatcom CCD:  1.0% ($1,187)
Washington:  1.2% ($1,915)
East Whatcom satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Bellingham, WA (25.6 miles , pop. 67,171).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: East Seattle, WA (82.8 miles , pop. 480,100).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (1034.0 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities: Glacier, WA (2.5 miles) , Maple Falls, WA (3.4 miles ), Kendall, WA (3.6 miles) , Peaceful Valley, WA (3.8 miles ), Deming, WA (3.8 miles ), Acme, WA (3.8 miles ), Hamilton, WA (4.4 miles ), Concrete, WA (4.4 miles ).

Latitude: 48.80 N, Longitude: 121.92 W

East Whatcom household income distribution East Whatcom home values distribution

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

7.3%
Washington:

6.8%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (21%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (11%)
  • Metal and metal products (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Repair and maintenance (5%)
  • Transportation equipment (4%)
  • Accommodation and food services (3%)
  • Educational services (17%)
  • Health care (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
  • Food and beverage stores (5%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (5%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (6%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (4%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Cashiers (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Supervisors and other personal care and service workers except personal appearance, transportation, and child care workers (4%)

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Earthquake activity:

East Whatcom-area historical earthquake activity is below Washington state average. It is 73% greater than the overall U.S. average.

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, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 67.4 miles away from the city 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 11.5 miles away from East Whatcom center
On 1/29/1995 at 03:11:22, a magnitude 5.1 (5.1 MB, 4.5 MS, 5.1 MW, 5.0 MD, Depth: 10.7 mi) earthquake occurred 100.0 miles away from the city center
On 6/23/1997 at 19:13:27, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB, 4.9 MD, Depth: 4.5 mi) earthquake occurred 88.5 miles away from the city center
On 11/23/2005 at 20:53:15, a magnitude 4.4 (4.4 MW, 4.0 MD, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 10.6 miles away from East Whatcom center
On 4/25/2003 at 10:02:12, a magnitude 4.8 (4.5 MB, 4.6 MW, 4.8 MD, Depth: 31.9 mi) earthquake occurred 99.5 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), 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: 9, Storms: 8, Mudslides: 3, Winter Storms: 3, Snows: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Landslide: 1, Wind: 1, Earthquake: 1, Flood: 1, Hurricane: 1, Volcanic Eruption: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to East Whatcom:

  • Whatcom Community College (about 27 miles; Bellingham, WA; Full-time enrollment: 2,471)
  • Western Washington University (about 27 miles; Bellingham, WA; FT enrollment: 12,991)
  • Skagit Valley College (about 32 miles; Mount Vernon, WA; FT enrollment: 2,820)
  • Everett Community College (about 57 miles; Everett, WA; FT enrollment: 3,612)
  • Edmonds Community College (about 71 miles; Lynnwood, WA; FT enrollment: 4,635)
  • University of Washington-Bothell Campus (about 74 miles; Bothell, WA; FT enrollment: 2,021)
  • Shoreline Community College (about 76 miles; Shoreline, WA; FT enrollment: 3,488)

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Notable locations in East Whatcom: Mountain Home Camp (A), Winchester Mountain Lookout (B), Vista Viewpoint (C), Upper Baker Lake Viewpoint (D), Shannon Creek Campground (E), Schriebers Meadow Trailhead (F), Shuksan Campground (G), Shuksan (H), Perry Creek Shelter (I), Tapto Camp (J), Shuksan (K), Diable Vista (L), Desolation Peak Lookout Station (M), Fourmile Camp (N), Colonial Creek Campground (O), Cat Island Campground (P), Gorge Powerhouse (Q), Lookout Number 2 (R), Boulder Creek Campground (S), Baker Lake Resort (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in East Whatcom include: River of Life Community Church (A), Acme Presbyterian Church (B), Church of the Nazarene (C), Deming Presbyterian Church (D), Saint Peter Catholic Church (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Saxon Cemetery (1), Van Zandt Cemetery (2), Kendall Cemetery (3), Saint Peters Cemetery (4), Mount Hope Cemetery (5). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Shull Lake (A), Shuksan Lake (B), Green Lake (C), Noname Lake (D), Tuckway Lake (E), Kidney Lakes (F), Middle Lakes (G), Sourdough Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Bagley Creek (A), Baker River (B), Bald Eagle Creek (C), Bar Creek (D), Barometer Creek (E), Barron Creek (F), Bear Creek (G), Beebe Creek (H), Benson Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in East Whatcom include: North Cascades National Park (1), Ross Lake National Recreation Area (2), Silver Lake Park (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

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

Average household size:
This place:  2.6 people
Washington:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  66.2%
Whole state:  64.4%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  10.3%
Whole state:  7.7%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

20.2%
Whole state:

10.6%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

6.8%
Whole state:

4.6%

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in East Whatcom, WA

10 people in workers’ group living quarters and job corps centers in 2010
20 people in other noninstitutional group quarters in 2000

East Whatcom compared to Washington state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.


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Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)



Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Wood (32%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (32%)
  • Electricity (24%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (5%)
  • Utility gas (5%)
  • Other fuel (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for East Whatcom (based on Whatcom County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 29.37%
Here29.4%
USA50.2%

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%

7.37% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($44,012 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.37%
Washington average:

7.86%

0.19% of residents moved from foreign countries ($827 average AGI)
Whatcom County:

0.19%
Washington average:

0.26%


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from King County, WA  1.00% ($38,498 average AGI)
from Snohomish County, WA  0.52% ($38,803)
from Skagit County, WA  0.50% ($31,050)


6.88% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($33,823 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.88%
Washington average:

7.07%

0.23% of residents moved to foreign countries ($1,303 average AGI)
Whatcom County:

0.23%
Washington average:

0.16%


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to King County, WA  1.27% ($28,059 average AGI)
to Skagit County, WA  0.64% ($40,460)
to Snohomish County, WA  0.58% ($36,269)

Strongest AM radio stations in East Whatcom:

  • KRPI (1550 AM; 50 kW; FERNDALE, WA; Owner: BBC BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KARI (550 AM; 25 kW; BLAINE, WA; Owner: WAY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KPUG (1170 AM; 10 kW; BELLINGHAM, WA; Owner: SAGA BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • KAPS (660 AM; 10 kW; MOUNT VERNON, WA; Owner: VALLEY BROADCASTERS, INC.)
  • KGMI (790 AM; 5 kW; BELLINGHAM, WA)
  • KRKO (1380 AM; 50 kW; EVERETT, WA; Owner: S-R BROADCASTING, CO.)
  • 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)
  • KTTH (770 AM; 50 kW; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: ENTERCOM SEATTLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • KGNW (820 AM; 50 kW; BURIEN-SEATTLE, WA; Owner: INSPIRATION MEDIA, INC.)
  • 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.)
  • KYCW (1090 AM; 50 kW; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: INFINITY RADIO SUBSIDIARY OPERATIONS INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in East Whatcom:

  • 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.)
  • 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)
  • KSVR (91.7 FM; MOUNT VERNON, WA; Owner: BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF SKAGIT VALLEY COLLEGE)
  • K206CU (89.1 FM; MOUNT VERNON, WA; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • KUGS (89.3 FM; BELLINGHAM, WA; Owner: WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY)
  • KZAZ (91.7 FM; BELLINGHAM, WA; Owner: WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY)


East Whatcom on our top lists:

  • #75 on the list of "Top 100 cities with largest land areas"
  • #79 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating to foreign countries in 2006 (pop. 50,000+)"
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