East Whatcom, Washington
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|Median resident age:||32.8 years|
|Washington median age:||35.3 years|
Zip code: 98244
Estimated per capita income in 2013: $21,835 (it was $17,064 in 2000)
East Whatcom CCD income, earnings, and wages data
Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $210,953 (it was $113,200 in 2000)
Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $299,302; Detached houses: $329,698; Townhouses or other attached units: $254,818; In 2-unit structures: $237,325; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $187,251; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $212,781; Mobile homes: $109,497; Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $13,535
Races in East Whatcom, WA (2000)
- 5,73289.4%White alone
- 1983.1%Two or more races
- 1842.9%American Indian alone
- 350.5%Asian alone
- 200.3%Black alone
- 100.2%Other race alone
- 40.06%Native Hawaiian and Other
Pacific Islander alone
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Current Local Time: PST time zone
Land area: 1645.5 square miles.
Population density: 4.5 people per square mile(very low).
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%
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
|East Whatcom CCD:||1.0% ($1,187)|
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
Unemployment by year (%)
- 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%)
- 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%)
Average climate in East Whatcom, Washington
Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations
Earthquake activity:East Whatcom-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Washington state average. It is 111% 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 110.7 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 122.3 miles away from East Whatcom 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 104.5 miles away from the city center, causing $28,000,000 total damage
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 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) earthquake occurred 135.0 miles away from East Whatcom 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 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).
Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to East Whatcom:
- Western Washington University (about 27 miles; Bellingham, WA; Full-time enrollment: 13,875)
- Whatcom Community College (about 27 miles; Bellingham, WA; FT enrollment: 3,265)
- Skagit Valley College (about 31 miles; Mount Vernon, WA; FT enrollment: 3,803)
- Everett Community College (about 57 miles; Everett, WA; FT enrollment: 5,818)
- Edmonds Community College (about 71 miles; Lynnwood, WA; FT enrollment: 7,271)
- University of Washington-Bothell Campus (about 74 miles; Bothell, WA; FT enrollment: 3,902)
- Cascadia Community College (about 74 miles; Bothell, WA; FT enrollment: 2,238)
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
Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2005 was 15.3. This is significantly better than average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2005 was 12.1. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 24.0 miles away from the city center.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2003 was 6.99. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 24.0 miles away from the city center.
|This place:||2.6 people|
Percentage of family households:
Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
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:
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
20 people in other noninstitutional group quarters in 2000
East Whatcom compared to Washington state average:
- Median house value below state average.
- Unemployed percentage below state average.
- Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
- Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
- Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
- Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
- Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
- House age significantly below state average.
Educational Attainment (%) in 2000
School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000
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
Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results
Religion statistics for East Whatcom CCD (based on Whatcom County data)
Food Environment Statistics:
|Whatcom County:||1.77 / 10,000 pop.|
|Washington:||2.06 / 10,000 pop.|
|This county:||0.16 / 10,000 pop.|
|State:||0.19 / 10,000 pop.|
|Whatcom County:||0.83 / 10,000 pop.|
|Washington:||1.18 / 10,000 pop.|
|Whatcom County:||3.80 / 10,000 pop.|
|State:||2.67 / 10,000 pop.|
|Here:||9.57 / 10,000 pop.|
|State:||8.26 / 10,000 pop.|
5.84% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($39,978 average adjusted gross income)
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)
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:
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"
- #57 (98244) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of Latvian first ancestries"
- #58 (98244) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of Icelander first ancestries"
- #77 (98244) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of Basque first ancestries (pop 1,000+)"
- #79 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating to foreign countries in 2006 (pop. 50,000+)"