Sudden Valley, Washington

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Population in 2010: 6,441. Population change since 2000: +54.6%
Males: 2,966  (46.1%)
Females: 3,475  (53.9%)
Median resident age:  41.7 years
Washington median age:  37.4 years

Zip codes: 98226.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $73,561 (it was $51,843 in 2000)
Sudden Valley:

$73,561
WA:

$58,405

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $33,654 (it was $24,563 in 2000)

Sudden Valley CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $272,163 (it was $147,100 in 2000)
Sudden Valley:

$272,163
WA:

$250,800

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

Median gross rent in 2013: $1,646.

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  • Races in Sudden Valley, WA (2010)

    Sudden Valley races chart
    • 5,66888.0%White alone
    • 3154.9%Hispanic
    • 2093.2%Two or more races
    • 1181.8%Asian alone
    • 550.9%Black alone
    • 460.7%American Indian alone
    • 180.3%Other race alone
    • 120.2%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone

Races in Sudden Valley detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Sudden Valley: 100.9 (near average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (17.6%), Irish (12.8%), English (9.6%), French (4.8%), Polish (3.8%), Norwegian (2.5%).

Current Local Time: PST time zone

Elevation: 670 feet

Land area: 6.23 square miles.

Population density: 1,034 people per square mile   (low).

Sudden Valley,WA real estate house value index trend

Sudden Valley, Washington map

For population 25 years and over in Sudden Valley:

  • High school or higher: 99.4%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 52.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 15.9%
  • Unemployed: 4.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 31.3 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Sudden Valley CDP:

  • Never married: 28.3%
  • Now married: 60.2%
  • Separated: 0.7%
  • Widowed: 2.9%
  • Divorced: 7.9%

811 residents are foreign born (4.1% North America, 3.6% Europe, 2.8% Latin America).

This place:

12.4%
Washington:

13.5%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $2,510 (1.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $2,932 (0.9%)

Sudden Valley satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Bellingham, WA (6.5 miles , pop. 67,171).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Seattle, WA (75.7 miles , pop. 563,374).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (1032.5 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities: Geneva, WA (1.9 miles ), Acme, WA (2.4 miles ), Bellingham, WA (2.5 miles ), Alger, WA (2.6 miles) , Deming, WA (3.0 miles ), Marietta-Alderwood, WA (3.2 miles ), Bow, WA (3.3 miles ), Edison, WA (3.4 miles) .

Latitude: 48.72 N, Longitude: 122.34 W

Sudden Valley household income distribution Sudden Valley home values distribution
Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

5.4%
Washington:

4.8%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (16%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Public administration (10%)
  • Manufacturing (10%)
  • Other services, except public administration (8%)
  • Construction (8%)
  • Health care and social assistance (19%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (14%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Manufacturing (8%)
  • Public administration (8%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (18%)
  • Fire fighting and prevention, and other protective service workers including supervisors (9%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (9%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (8%)
  • Sales and related occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)
  • Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations (5%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (19%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (16%)
  • Sales and related occupations (13%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (11%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (9%)
  • Management occupations (6%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (6%)

Work and jobs in Sudden Valley: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Sudden Valley, Washington

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

Sudden Valley-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Washington state average. It is 114% 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 102.0 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 113.3 miles away from Sudden Valley 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 97.1 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 122.1 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 67.1 miles away from Sudden Valley 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 11.9 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).
Sudden Valley topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Sudden Valley:

  • HIGHLAND CARE CENTER LLC (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; BELLINGHAM, WA)
  • SHUKSAN CONVALESCENT CENTER (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; BELLINGHAM, WA)
  • SHUKSAN HEALTHCARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; BELLINGHAM, WA)
  • SEHOME PARK CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; BELLINGHAM, WA)
  • ST LUKES GENERAL HOSPITAL (Hospital, about 7 miles away; BELLINGHAM, WA)
  • WHATCOM HOSPICE (Hospital, about 7 miles away; BELLINGHAM, WA)
  • MT BAKER CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; BELLINGHAM, WA)

Amtrak stations near Sudden Valley:

  • 8 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.
  • 20 miles: MOUNT VERNON (725 COLLEGE WAY) . Services: fully wheelchair accessible, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service, public transit connection.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Sudden Valley:

  • Western Washington University (about 7 miles; Bellingham, WA; Full-time enrollment: 13,875)
  • Whatcom Community College (about 9 miles; Bellingham, WA; FT enrollment: 3,265)
  • Skagit Valley College (about 20 miles; Mount Vernon, WA; FT enrollment: 3,803)
  • Everett Community College (about 50 miles; Everett, WA; FT enrollment: 5,818)
  • Edmonds Community College (about 63 miles; Lynnwood, WA; FT enrollment: 7,271)
  • Peninsula College (about 66 miles; Port Angeles, WA; FT enrollment: 2,012)
  • University of Washington-Bothell Campus (about 67 miles; Bothell, WA; FT enrollment: 3,902)

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Notable locations in Sudden Valley: Lake Louise Substation (A), Sudden Valley Golf Club (B), Whatcom County Fire District 2 South Whatcom Fire Authority Station 22 (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoir: Lake Louise (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Creeks: Austin Creek (A), Beaver Creek (B). 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

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 69.0. This is about average.

City:

69.0
U.S.:

74.7

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2013 was 0.696. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 6.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.696
U.S.:

1.912

Ozone [ppb] level in 2011 was 18.4. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 18.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

18.4
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2005 was 12.1. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 5.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

12.1
U.S.:

20.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 6.89. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 5.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

6.89
U.S.:

9.35
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 6.6%
(4.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Black residents, 24.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents)
Average household size:
This place:  2.5 people
Washington:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  71.9%
Whole state:  64.4%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  8.0%
Whole state:  7.7%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 1.0% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.4% of all households

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

7.3
Washington average:

11.4

Sudden Valley travel time to work - commute Sudden Valley mode of transportation to work chart

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Sudden Valley CDP (based on Whatcom County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant25,842105
Catholic13,3976
Mainline Protestant9,85939
Other8,71433
Orthodox3702
None142,958-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs 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%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

56.7%
Washington:

49.1%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

58.4%
State:

45.8%

Average BMI:
This city:

27.8
Washington:

28.4

People feeling badly about themselves:
Sudden Valley:

19.2%
Washington:

21.4%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Sudden Valley:

6.8%
Washington:

10.7%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Sudden Valley:

7.0
Washington:

6.8

Overweight people:
Sudden Valley:

34.0%
Washington:

32.6%

General health condition:
Here:

64.1%
Washington:

55.9%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

82.1%
Washington:

79.0%

More about Health and Nutrition of Sudden Valley, WA Residents

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 Sudden Valley:

  • KGMI (790 AM; 5 kW; BELLINGHAM, WA)
  • KPUG (1170 AM; 10 kW; BELLINGHAM, WA; Owner: SAGA BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • KRPI (1550 AM; 50 kW; FERNDALE, WA; Owner: BBC BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KARI (550 AM; 25 kW; BLAINE, WA; Owner: WAY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KAPS (660 AM; 10 kW; MOUNT VERNON, WA; Owner: VALLEY BROADCASTERS, INC.)
  • KBAI (930 AM; 1 kW; BELLINGHAM, WA; Owner: SAGA BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • 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.)
  • KBRC (1430 AM; 5 kW; MOUNT VERNON, WA; Owner: JIM AND ANN KEANE)
  • KIRO (710 AM; 50 kW; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: ENTERCOM SEATTLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • 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.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Sudden Valley:

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • KZAZ (91.7 FM; BELLINGHAM, WA; Owner: WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • 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.)
  • K204BI (88.7 FM; BELLINGHAM, WA; Owner: PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY INC.)
  • K215DZ (90.9 FM; BELLINGHAM, WA; Owner: THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON)

TV broadcast stations around Sudden Valley:

  • KVOS-TV (Channel 12; BELLINGHAM, WA; Owner: ACKERLEY MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • KBCB (Channel 24; BELLINGHAM, WA; Owner: WORLD TELEVISION OF WASHINGTON, LLC.)
  • K36BO (Channel 36; DEMING, WA; Owner: TV DISTRICT #1)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 2Number of bridges
  • 3m10ftTotal length
  • 2,883Total average daily traffic
  • 36Total average daily truck traffic
  • 7,026Total future (year 2030) average daily traffic
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 ORIGINATED15$218,63317$269,83894$234,2245$162,5489$241,2612$104,360
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED1$198,5501$528,87010$221,0661$89,5601$263,5200$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED2$251,9903$307,85026$274,8052$199,2352$256,9201$85,770
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN2$187,8503$307,49715$286,0211$195,5201$238,7800$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS1$146,9401$159,5403$248,8000$00$00$0

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0008.02

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 partial tract)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED2$309,3702$227,700
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED1$164,1001$320,600
APPLICATIONS DENIED0$02$225,575
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$0

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 0008.02

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (34%)
  • Utility gas (29%)
  • Electricity (28%)
  • Wood (7%)
  • Other fuel (2%)

Sudden Valley compared to Washington state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage below state average.
  • Median age above state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in below state average.
  • House age below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly above state average.

Sudden Valley on our top lists:

  • #4 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the lowest percentage of single-parent households, population 5,000+"
  • #26 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Fire fighting and prevention workers including supervisors (population 5,000+)"
  • #70 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of likely lesbian couples (counted as self-reported female-female unmarried-partner households) (population 5,000+)"
  • #84 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Northern America (population 500+)"
  • #84 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Canada (population 500+)"
  • #7 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Ozone (1-hour) air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
  • #8 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #42 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for 3rd party candidates in the 2012 Presidential Election (pop. 50,000+)"
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