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Whatcom County, Washington (WA)

County population in 2021: 228,831 (74% urban, 26% rural); it was 166,814 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 35,130
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 14,775
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 40,871
Renter-occupied apartments: 30,465 (it was 23,575 in 2000)
% of renters here:

37%
State:

36%

Land area: 2120 sq. mi.

Water area: 384.0 sq. mi.

Population density: 108 people per square mile   (average).

March 2019 cost of living index in Whatcom County: 99.3 (near average, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (23.0%), Retail trade (10.9%), Manufacturing (10.9%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (10.2%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 75%
  • Government: 18%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 7%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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  • Races in Whatcom County, WA (2021)
    • 175,57176.7%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 23,49210.3%Hispanic or Latino
    • 12,0355.3%Two or more races
    • 10,0784.4%Asian alone
    • 4,1741.8%American Indian and Alaska Native alone
    • 2,0960.9%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 8290.4%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
    • 5560.2%Some other race alone
Median resident age:

38.8 years
Washington median age:

38.2 years
Males: 113,242  (49.5%)
Females: 115,589  (50.5%)
Average household size:
Whatcom County:

2.0 people
Washington:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2021: $72,055 ($40,005 in 1999)
This county:

$72,055
Washington:

$84,247

Median contract rent in 2021 for apartments: $1,215 (lower quartile is $954, upper quartile is $1,600)
This county:

$1215
State:

$1356


Estimated median house or condo value in 2021: $506,200 (it was $149,500 in 2000)
Whatcom:

$506,200
Washington:

$485,700
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $357,200 - $692,200

Mean price in 2021:

Detached houses: $564,540
Here:

$564,540
State:

$627,912

Townhouses or other attached units: $486,319
Here:

$486,319
State:

$596,479

In 2-unit structures: $536,169
Here:

$536,169
State:

$537,052

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $385,727
Here:

$385,727
State:

$419,572

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $303,590
Here:

$303,590
State:

$473,706

Mobile homes: $174,753
Here:

$174,753
State:

$169,782

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $148,780
Here:

$148,780
State:

$134,653

Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $2,059
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $611

Institutionalized population: 1,259

Crime in 2021 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 4
  • Rapes: 24
  • Robberies: 2
  • Assaults: 100
  • Burglaries: 239
  • Thefts: 590
  • Auto thefts: 107

Crime in 2020 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 5
  • Rapes: 29
  • Robberies: 7
  • Assaults: 101
  • Burglaries: 129
  • Thefts: 302
  • Auto thefts: 43
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Health of residents in Whatcom County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2003 to 2012:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.6. This is about average.
82.2% of residents exercised in the past month. This is more than average.
45.3% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is about average.
64.4% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is less than average.
70.0% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is about average.
Average weight of males is 194 pounds. This is about average.
Average weight of females is 160 pounds. This is about average.

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2021: 888 buildings, average cost: $277,700
  • 2020: 718 buildings, average cost: $267,000
  • 2019: 816 buildings, average cost: $272,400
  • 2018: 767 buildings, average cost: $262,800
  • 2017: 793 buildings, average cost: $258,800
  • 2016: 718 buildings, average cost: $271,900
  • 2015: 599 buildings, average cost: $261,500
  • 2014: 542 buildings, average cost: $241,200
  • 2013: 568 buildings, average cost: $237,100
  • 2012: 488 buildings, average cost: $232,700
  • 2011: 419 buildings, average cost: $211,500
  • 2010: 401 buildings, average cost: $216,000
  • 2009: 426 buildings, average cost: $203,600
  • 2008: 536 buildings, average cost: $216,400
  • 2007: 858 buildings, average cost: $188,200
  • 2006: 1181 buildings, average cost: $191,500
  • 2005: 1698 buildings, average cost: $185,900
  • 2004: 1647 buildings, average cost: $177,600
  • 2003: 1493 buildings, average cost: $172,500
  • 2002: 1107 buildings, average cost: $157,800
  • 2001: 981 buildings, average cost: $141,400
  • 2000: 1069 buildings, average cost: $129,200
  • 1999: 936 buildings, average cost: $138,500
  • 1998: 921 buildings, average cost: $138,100
  • 1997: 907 buildings, average cost: $126,900
Number of permits per 10,000 Whatcom, WA residents
Average permit cost in Whatcom, WA
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2021: $3,841 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2021: $3,502 (0.8%)

Distribution of median household income in Whatcom, WA in 2021
Distribution of house value in Whatcom, WA in 2021
Distribution of rent paid by renters in Whatcom, WA in 2021
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2021: 13.8%
Whatcom County:

13.8%
Washington:

9.9%
(13.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 16.3% for Black residents, 20.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 14.0% for American Indian residents, 4.5% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 16.6% for other race residents, 17.8% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2021: 38.8 years old
(Males: 38.4 years old, Females: 39.7 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 41.6 years old, Black residents: 34.4 years old, American Indian residents: 27.8 years old, Asian residents: 36.8 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 24.9 years old, Other race residents: 31.7 years old)

Area name: Bellingham, WA MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Whatcom County is $571 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $716 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $1045 a month.

Cities in this county include: Bellingham, Lynden, Ferndale, East Whatcom, Birch Bay, Lummi Reservation, Sudden Valley, Blaine, Marietta-Alderwood, Peaceful Valley.

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

2019 air pollution in Whatcom County:

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 5.9 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Beltrami County, Minnesota , Flathead County, Montana , Island County , Jefferson County , Lincoln County , Mason County , Missoula County, Montana , Shoshone County, Idaho , Toole County, Montana .

Unemployment in March 2023:
Here:

4.8%
Washington:

4.2%

Unemployment by year in Whatcom, WA
County total employment by year in Whatcom, WA
County average yearly wages by year in Whatcom, WA

Current college students: 19,135
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 94.0%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 38.3%

Number of foreign born residents: 19,767 (54.2% naturalized citizens)

Whatcom County:

8.6%
Whole state:

14.8%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 5,8372010 or later
  • 3,9352000 to 2009
  • 4,9091990 to 1999
  • 3,1871980 to 1989
  • 1,8551970 to 1979
  • 4,229Before 1970

Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.8 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 90.9%

Whatcom County marital status for males Whatcom County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 64,874
  • One, attached: 3,666
  • Two: 2,294
  • 3 or 4: 4,607
  • 5 to 9: 3,509
  • 10 to 19: 5,563
  • 20 to 49: 5,624
  • 50 or more: 4,948
  • Mobile homes: 6,611
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 169

Housing units in Whatcom County with a mortgage: 34,872 (3,765 second mortgage, 429 home equity loan, 2,999 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 419

Here:

7.5% with mortgage
State:

98.0% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Whatcom County

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant25,842105
Catholic13,3976
Mainline Protestant9,85939
Other8,71433
Orthodox3702
None142,958-
Whatcom County Religion Details
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.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 34
Whatcom County:

1.77 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.06 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 3
Here:

0.16 / 10,000 pop.
Washington:

0.19 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 16
This 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.
Washington:

2.67 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 184
This county:

9.57 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.26 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Whatcom County:

6.1%
Washington:

7.7%

Adult obesity rate:
Whatcom County:

23.1%
State:

25.7%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

14.4%
State:

13.9%

Agriculture in Whatcom County:

Average size of farms: 100 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $193,845
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $1084.68
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 8.50%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 73.60%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $145,200
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 47.33%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 42.31%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $112,458
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 83.70%
Average age of principal farm operators: 53 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 75.94
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 54.67%
All wheat for grain: 470 harvested acres
Vegetables: 654 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 350 acres

Earthquake activity:

Whatcom County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Washington state average. It is 966% 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 109.4 miles away from Whatcom County center, causing $80,000,000 total damage
On 2/28/2001 at 18:54:32, a magnitude 6.8 (6.8 MD, Depth: 32.2 mi, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 117.3 miles away from the county center
On 2/28/2001 at 18:54:32, a magnitude 6.8 (6.5 MB, 6.6 MS, 6.8 MW) earthquake occurred 120.7 miles away from the county 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 104.8 miles away from the county 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 128.4 miles away from Whatcom County 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 75.2 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), energy magnitude (ME), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Washington Covid-19 Pandemic, Incident Period: January 20, 2020, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4481-WA: March 22, 2020, FEMA Id: 4481, Natural disaster type: Other
  • Washington Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, And Mudslides, Incident Period: January 20, 2020 - February 10, 2020, FEMA Id: 4539, Natural disaster type: Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
  • Washington Severe Winter Storms, Straight-line Winds, Flooding, Landslides, Mudslides, Tornado, Incident Period: December 10, 2018 - December 24, 2018, FEMA Id: 4418, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Tornado, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood, Wind
  • Washington Severe Winter Storms, Flooding, Landslides, And Mudslides, Incident Period: January 30, 2017 - February 22, 2017, FEMA Id: 4309, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
  • Washington Severe Windstorm, Incident Period: August 29, 2015, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4242: October 15, 2015, FEMA Id: 4242, Natural disaster type: Storm, Wind
  • Washington Wildfires and Mudslides, Incident Period: August 09, 2015 to September 10, 2015, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4243: October 20, 2015, FEMA Id: 4243, Natural disaster type: Fire, Mudslide
  • Washington Severe Winter Storm, Landslides, Mudslides, and Flooding, Incident Period: January 06, 2009 to January 16, 2009, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1817: January 30, 2009, FEMA Id: 1817, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
  • Washington Severe Winter Storm and Record and Near Record Snow, Incident Period: December 12, 2008 to January 05, 2009, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1825: March 02, 2009, FEMA Id: 1825, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Snow
  • Washington Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3227: September 07, 2005, FEMA Id: 3227, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Washington Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: October 15, 2003 to October 23, 2003, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1499: November 07, 2003, FEMA Id: 1499, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • 11 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Whatcom County (21) is greater than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 17
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 13, Storms: 10, Mudslides: 7, Winter Storms: 5, Landslides: 4, Winds: 3, Snows: 2, Earthquake: 1, Fire: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Tornado: 1, Volcanic Eruption: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Means of transportation to work in 2021 - Whatcom

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 72,279 (69.1%)
  • Carpooled: 6,820 (6.5%)
  • Bus: 930 (0.9%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 1,373 (1.3%)
  • Bicycle: 1,341 (1.3%)
  • Walked: 3,399 (3.3%)
  • Worked at home: 18,391 (17.6%)
Class of Workers in 2021
Most common industries in 2021 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2021


  • Health care and social assistance (20%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (7%)
  • Retail trade (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Manufacturing (5%)

Most common industries for females in 2021


  • Health care and social assistance (22%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (8%)
  • Retail trade (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)

Most common occupations in 2021 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations for males in 2021


  • Management occupations (11%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (8%)
  • Production occupations (8%)
  • Sales and related occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)
  • Computer and mathematical occupations (6%)
  • Transportation occupations (5%)

Most common occupations for females in 2021


  • Office and administrative support occupations (19%)
  • Educational instruction, and library occupations (10%)
  • Management occupations (9%)
  • Sales and related occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (8%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (7%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents


  • Canada (24%)
  • Mexico (16%)
  • India (9%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (6%)
  • Vietnam (4%)
  • Philippines (4%)
  • Russia (3%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Whatcom County


  • German (10%)
  • English (8%)
  • Dutch (6%)
  • European (6%)
  • Irish (6%)
  • American (5%)
  • Norwegian (4%)

Owners and renters by unit type
Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

People in group quarters in Whatcom County, Washington in 2010:

  • 3,582 people in college/university student housing
  • 742 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 428 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 348 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 231 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 168 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 88 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 40 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 28 people in maritime/merchant vessels
  • 22 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 17 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 10 people in in-patient hospice facilities

People in group quarters in Whatcom County, Washington in 2000:

  • 3,190 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 750 people in nursing homes
  • 344 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 234 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 156 people in other group homes
  • 66 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 55 people in halfway houses
  • 41 people in short-term care, detention or diagnostic centers for delinquent children
  • 38 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 28 people in crews of maritime vessels
  • 26 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 14 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 13 people in residential treatment centers for emotionally disturbed children
  • 6 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 6 people in hospices or homes for chronically ill
  • 4 people in schools, hospitals, or wards for the intellectually disabled
  • 4 people in religious group quarters
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2020 was $83,631.

6.80% of this county's 2021 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2020 ($78,004 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.80%
Washington average:

7.53%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.41% relocated from other counties in Washington ($36,618 average AGI)
3.40% relocated from other states ($41,386 average AGI)
Whatcom County:

3.40%
Washington average:

3.85%

Residents relocating <b>from</b> other counties or countries

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2020 and 2021:
from King County, WA  1.23% ($102,101 average AGI)
from Snohomish County, WA  0.55% ($66,697)
from Skagit County, WA  0.53% ($59,900)
from Pierce County, WA  0.17% ($50,758)
from Los Angeles County, CA  0.17% ($91,633)
from Island County, WA  0.15% ($46,652)
from Multnomah County, OR  0.12% ($79,902)


6.30% of this county's 2020 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2021 ($58,523 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.30%
Washington average:

7.40%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.14% relocated to other counties in Washington ($26,312 average AGI)
3.16% relocated to other states ($32,211 average AGI)
Whatcom County:

3.16%
Washington average:

3.73%

Residents relocating <b>to</b> other counties or countries

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2020 and 2021:
to King County, WA  0.79% ($51,376 average AGI)
to Skagit County, WA  0.61% ($60,337)
to Snohomish County, WA  0.51% ($50,567)
to Pierce County, WA  0.19% ($51,416)
to Maricopa County, AZ  0.14% ($76,472)
to Spokane County, WA  0.13% ($50,347)
to Island County, WA  0.12% ($50,443)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.0
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2009: 11.5
Births per 1000 population from 2010 to 2019: 10.5

Births per 1000 population in Whatcom County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 7.3
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2009: 7.3
Deaths per 1000 population from 2010 to 2019: 7.5

Deaths per 1000 population in Whatcom County
Population without health insurance coverage in 2018: 8.0%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2018: 3.5%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Whatcom County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19
Population without health insurance coverage in Whatcom County
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in Whatcom County
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in Whatcom County
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in Whatcom County
Population under 19 years without health insurance coverage in Whatcom County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 27,678 (23,434 aged, 4,244 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 3,939 (9%)
Persons enrolled in Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

Most common underlying causes of death in Whatcom County, Washington in 1999 - 2019:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (2,149)
  • Alzheimer disease, unspecified (1,956)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (1,735)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (1,393)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (1,214)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (932)
  • Breast, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (521)
  • Pancreas, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (478)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (455)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (450)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 14%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 12%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 0.56
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 7,471
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 130
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 30,964

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,095
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 752
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 8

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 45
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 104

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 13

EPA green book nonattainment status in 2004-2006: 1

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 24.9. This is less than state average.

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 142.0. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide
Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 71.4
  • Poisoning - 32.9
  • Suffocation - 25.7
  • Other - 12.0

Household type by relationship:

Households: 228,831
  • Male householders: 45,426 (10,591 living alone), Female householders: 46,793 (13,252 living alone)
  • 43,715 spouses (42,961 opposite-sex spouses), 9,616 unmarried partners, (9,425 opposite-sex unmarried partners), 52,778 children (50,802 natural, 720 adopted, 1,256 stepchildren), 3,985 grandchildren, 836 brothers or sisters, 2,101 parents, 1,053 foster children, 4,338 other relatives, 13,020 non-relatives
  • In group quarters: 5,170

Size of family households: 24,784 2-persons, 13,115 3-persons, 10,414 4-persons, 4,370 5-persons, 1,880 6-persons, 944 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 23,843 1-person, 9,521 2-persons, 1,749 3-persons, 1,350 4-persons, 168 5-persons, 81 6-persons.

25,994 married couples with children.
11,205 single-parent households (3,446 men, 7,759 women).

87.7% of residents of Whatcom speak English at home.
5.9% of residents speak Spanish at home (70% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 13% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
3.1% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (73% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 7% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
2.4% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (67% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 11% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
0.5% of residents speak other language at home (92% speak English very well, 7% speak English well, 1% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $1,167,230,000 ($6,479 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $377,871,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $398,476,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $134,734,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $15,458,000
Federal grants: $175,095,000
Federal procurement contracts: $372,836,000 ($345,543,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $70,630,000 ($4,778,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $102,752,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $84,042,000
Federal Government insurance: $222,254,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 10,485
Here:

57 per 1000 residents
State:

66 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 6,739
Here:

37 per 1000 residents
State:

38 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +3,425
Here:

+19 per 1000 residents
State:

+21 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +9,821
Here:

+54 per 1000 residents
State:

+13 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Whatcom County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 49.75 millions of gallons per day (9% from ground, 91% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.2
State:

6.5

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.3
State:

4.0

Year house built in Whatcom County, Washington
  • Year house built in Whatcom County, Washington
  • 1,4222020 or later
  • 12,7532010 to 2019
  • 17,7192000 to 2009
  • 18,1661990 to 1999
  • 12,1341980 to 1989
  • 14,4571970 to 1979
  • 4,2991960 to 1969
  • 5,6301950 to 1959
  • 2,0061940 to 1949
  • 13,2791939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Whatcom County, Washington
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Whatcom County, Washington
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Whatcom County, Washington
  • 3661 room
  • 3742 rooms
  • 1,6723 rooms
  • 6,7854 rooms
  • 9,5225 rooms
  • 12,3286 rooms
  • 7,7067 rooms
  • 7,6518 rooms
  • 9,4029+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Whatcom County, Washington
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Whatcom County, Washington
  • 2,7821 room
  • 2,9352 rooms
  • 7,2783 rooms
  • 6,2024 rooms
  • 9,8205 rooms
  • 3,9706 rooms
  • 1,2207 rooms
  • 1,2848 rooms
  • 9229+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Whatcom County, Washington
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Whatcom County, Washington
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Whatcom County, Washington
  • 451no bedroom
  • 1,3691 bedroom
  • 10,4912 bedrooms
  • 27,0423 bedrooms
  • 13,0904 bedrooms
  • 3,3635+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Whatcom County, Washington
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Whatcom County, Washington
  • 3,264no bedroom
  • 6,7921 bedroom
  • 12,9922 bedrooms
  • 10,3993 bedrooms
  • 2,5664 bedrooms
  • 4005+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Whatcom County, Washington in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in Whatcom County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Whatcom County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • 1,612no vehicle
  • 11,2161 vehicle
  • 21,8582 vehicles
  • 13,7043 vehicles
  • 4,6924 vehicles
  • 2,7245+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in Whatcom County in renter-occupied apartments
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Whatcom County in renter-occupied apartments
  • 3,362no vehicle
  • 14,7021 vehicle
  • 11,0552 vehicles
  • 4,6093 vehicles
  • 2,3444 vehicles
  • 3415+ vehicles

81.7% of Whatcom County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 38% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 60% lived in Washington.

Whatcom County:

81.7%
State average:

83.6%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 116,615
  • Other state: 86,289
  • Northeast: 9,301
  • Midwest: 20,280
  • South: 11,848
  • West: 44,860
Year householders moved into unit in Whatcom County, WA
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Whatcom County
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 53.3%Utility gas
  • 29.8%Electricity
  • 10.3%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 4.5%Wood
  • 1.2%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 0.4%Other fuel
  • 0.3%No fuel used
  • 0.2%Solar energy
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 72.3%Electricity
  • 17.9%Utility gas
  • 6.3%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.1%Wood
  • 1.1%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 0.8%No fuel used
  • 0.6%Other fuel

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 2,258
Here:

11.0%
Washington:

13.3%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 501
Here:

5.2%
Washington:

7.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 1,643
Here:

7.8%
Washington:

19.7%

Educational Attainment
School Enrollment by Level of School
Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Noninstitutionalized Residents with Employment Disability

Whatcom County government finances - Expenditure in 2020:

  • Charges - Other: $10,936,000
    Other: $8,173,000
    Toll Highways: $1,530,000
    Toll Highways: $1,529,000
    Regular Highways: $975,000
    Regular Highways: $582,000
    Solid Waste Management: $415,000
    Solid Waste Management: $390,000
    Parks and Recreation: $261,000
    Parks and Recreation: $255,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $57,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $40,000
  • Construction - General Public Buildings: $5,352,000
    Regular Highways: $4,733,000
    Regular Highways: $4,226,000
    General - Other: $2,872,000
    Parks and Recreation: $2,365,000
    Health - Other: $1,577,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $526,000
    General - Other: $516,000
    General Public Buildings: $427,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $424,000
    Parks and Recreation: $311,000
    Police Protection: $109,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $51,000
    Correctional Institutions: $38,000
    Police Protection: $9,000
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $22,561,000
    Regular Highways: $21,779,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $20,172,000
    Health - Other: $19,914,000
    Correctional Institutions: $18,489,000
    Police Protection: $18,275,000
    Correctional Institutions: $16,380,000
    Health - Other: $16,208,000
    Police Protection: $15,614,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $15,434,000
    Financial Administration: $10,325,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $6,892,000
    Financial Administration: $6,137,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $4,901,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $4,857,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $4,533,000
    Central Staff Services: $4,284,000
    Central Staff Services: $4,130,000
    General - Other: $3,934,000
    General - Other: $3,423,000
    Housing and Community Development: $3,370,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $3,318,000
    Housing and Community Development: $3,299,000
    Toll Highways: $2,730,000
    Toll Highways: $2,686,000
    Parks and Recreation: $2,640,000
    Parks and Recreation: $2,505,000
    Corrections - Other: $2,179,000
    Corrections - Other: $1,810,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,358,000
    Solid Waste Management: $743,000
    Local Fire Protection: $327,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $250,000
    Libraries: $118,000
    Libraries: $104,000
    Local Fire Protection: $68,000
    General Public Buildings: $20,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $1,945,000
    General Local Government Support: $1,857,000
    Other: $583,000
    Natural Resources: $400,000
    Natural Resources: $294,000
    Other: $254,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $139,000
    Interest on Debt: $114,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Local Fire Protection: $11,063,000
    Other - Local Fire Protection: $10,289,000
    Other - Natural Resources - Other: $203,000
    Other - Police Protection: $195,000
    Other - General - Other: $140,000
    Other - Health - Other: $83,000
    Other - Natural Resources - Other: $39,000
    Other - Regular Highways: $1,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Natural Resources - Other: $16,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $6,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $10,869,000
    Other: $9,765,000
    Health and Hospitals: $546,000
    Health and Hospitals: $515,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,984,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,637,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,304,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,139,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $368,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $182,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $20,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $10,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $5,596,000
    Sale of Property: $3,993,000
    General Revenue - Other: $2,663,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $2,074,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $1,985,000
    Interest Earnings: $1,779,000
    Special Assessments: $1,043,000
    Rents: $1,019,000
    Rents: $967,000
    General Revenue - Other: $706,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $436,000
    Sale of Property: $431,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $241,000
    Special Assessments: $211,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $2,769,000
    Regular Highways: $2,681,000
    General - Other: $674,000
    Health - Other: $527,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $408,000
    Financial Administration: $325,000
    Police Protection: $228,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $196,000
    Police Protection: $195,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $172,000
    Financial Administration: $147,000
    Local Fire Protection: $120,000
    General - Other: $73,000
    Central Staff Services: $45,000
    Correctional Institutions: $28,000
    Health - Other: $27,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $10,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $171,995,000
    Cash and Securities: $159,160,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,467,000
    Cash and Securities: $1,209,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $15,780,000
    Health and Hospitals: $12,401,000
    Health and Hospitals: $7,772,000
    Other: $7,373,000
    Highways: $5,395,000
    Highways: $5,192,000
    Housing and Community Development: $884,000
    Housing and Community Development: $737,000
    General Local Government Support: $687,000
    General Local Government Support: $637,000
  • Tax - Property: $59,893,000
    Property: $57,837,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $35,788,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $30,386,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $4,540,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $4,508,000
    Other Selective Sales: $2,900,000
    Other License: $2,046,000
    Other License: $2,044,000
    Other Selective Sales: $1,924,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $1,368,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $1,155,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $1,086,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $978,000
    Severance: $888,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $768,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $718,000
    Severance: $337,000
    Other: $83,000
    Other: $69,000
    Amusements Sales: $33,000
    Amusements Sales: $32,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $65,265,000
    : $60,114,000

Whatcom County government finances - Revenue in 2020:

  • Charges - Other: $10,936,000
    Other: $8,173,000
    Toll Highways: $1,530,000
    Toll Highways: $1,529,000
    Regular Highways: $975,000
    Regular Highways: $582,000
    Solid Waste Management: $415,000
    Solid Waste Management: $390,000
    Parks and Recreation: $261,000
    Parks and Recreation: $255,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $57,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $40,000
  • Construction - General Public Buildings: $5,352,000
    Regular Highways: $4,733,000
    Regular Highways: $4,226,000
    General - Other: $2,872,000
    Parks and Recreation: $2,365,000
    Health - Other: $1,577,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $526,000
    General - Other: $516,000
    General Public Buildings: $427,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $424,000
    Parks and Recreation: $311,000
    Police Protection: $109,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $51,000
    Correctional Institutions: $38,000
    Police Protection: $9,000
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $22,561,000
    Regular Highways: $21,779,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $20,172,000
    Health - Other: $19,914,000
    Correctional Institutions: $18,489,000
    Police Protection: $18,275,000
    Correctional Institutions: $16,380,000
    Health - Other: $16,208,000
    Police Protection: $15,614,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $15,434,000
    Financial Administration: $10,325,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $6,892,000
    Financial Administration: $6,137,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $4,901,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $4,857,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $4,533,000
    Central Staff Services: $4,284,000
    Central Staff Services: $4,130,000
    General - Other: $3,934,000
    General - Other: $3,423,000
    Housing and Community Development: $3,370,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $3,318,000
    Housing and Community Development: $3,299,000
    Toll Highways: $2,730,000
    Toll Highways: $2,686,000
    Parks and Recreation: $2,640,000
    Parks and Recreation: $2,505,000
    Corrections - Other: $2,179,000
    Corrections - Other: $1,810,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,358,000
    Solid Waste Management: $743,000
    Local Fire Protection: $327,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $250,000
    Libraries: $118,000
    Libraries: $104,000
    Local Fire Protection: $68,000
    General Public Buildings: $20,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $1,945,000
    General Local Government Support: $1,857,000
    Other: $583,000
    Natural Resources: $400,000
    Natural Resources: $294,000
    Other: $254,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $139,000
    Interest on Debt: $114,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Local Fire Protection: $11,063,000
    Other - Local Fire Protection: $10,289,000
    Other - Natural Resources - Other: $203,000
    Other - Police Protection: $195,000
    Other - General - Other: $140,000
    Other - Health - Other: $83,000
    Other - Natural Resources - Other: $39,000
    Other - Regular Highways: $1,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Natural Resources - Other: $16,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $6,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $10,869,000
    Other: $9,765,000
    Health and Hospitals: $546,000
    Health and Hospitals: $515,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,984,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,637,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,304,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,139,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $368,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $182,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $20,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $10,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $5,596,000
    Sale of Property: $3,993,000
    General Revenue - Other: $2,663,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $2,074,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $1,985,000
    Interest Earnings: $1,779,000
    Special Assessments: $1,043,000
    Rents: $1,019,000
    Rents: $967,000
    General Revenue - Other: $706,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $436,000
    Sale of Property: $431,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $241,000
    Special Assessments: $211,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $2,769,000
    Regular Highways: $2,681,000
    General - Other: $674,000
    Health - Other: $527,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $408,000
    Financial Administration: $325,000
    Police Protection: $228,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $196,000
    Police Protection: $195,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $172,000
    Financial Administration: $147,000
    Local Fire Protection: $120,000
    General - Other: $73,000
    Central Staff Services: $45,000
    Correctional Institutions: $28,000
    Health - Other: $27,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $10,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $171,995,000
    Cash and Securities: $159,160,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,467,000
    Cash and Securities: $1,209,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $15,780,000
    Health and Hospitals: $12,401,000
    Health and Hospitals: $7,772,000
    Other: $7,373,000
    Highways: $5,395,000
    Highways: $5,192,000
    Housing and Community Development: $884,000
    Housing and Community Development: $737,000
    General Local Government Support: $687,000
    General Local Government Support: $637,000
  • Tax - Property: $59,893,000
    Property: $57,837,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $35,788,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $30,386,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $4,540,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $4,508,000
    Other Selective Sales: $2,900,000
    Other License: $2,046,000
    Other License: $2,044,000
    Other Selective Sales: $1,924,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $1,368,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $1,155,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $1,086,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $978,000
    Severance: $888,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $768,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $718,000
    Severance: $337,000
    Other: $83,000
    Other: $69,000
    Amusements Sales: $33,000
    Amusements Sales: $32,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $65,265,000
    : $60,114,000

Whatcom County government finances - Debt in 2020:

  • Charges - Other: $10,936,000
    Other: $8,173,000
    Toll Highways: $1,530,000
    Toll Highways: $1,529,000
    Regular Highways: $975,000
    Regular Highways: $582,000
    Solid Waste Management: $415,000
    Solid Waste Management: $390,000
    Parks and Recreation: $261,000
    Parks and Recreation: $255,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $57,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $40,000
  • Construction - General Public Buildings: $5,352,000
    Regular Highways: $4,733,000
    Regular Highways: $4,226,000
    General - Other: $2,872,000
    Parks and Recreation: $2,365,000
    Health - Other: $1,577,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $526,000
    General - Other: $516,000
    General Public Buildings: $427,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $424,000
    Parks and Recreation: $311,000
    Police Protection: $109,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $51,000
    Correctional Institutions: $38,000
    Police Protection: $9,000
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $22,561,000
    Regular Highways: $21,779,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $20,172,000
    Health - Other: $19,914,000
    Correctional Institutions: $18,489,000
    Police Protection: $18,275,000
    Correctional Institutions: $16,380,000
    Health - Other: $16,208,000
    Police Protection: $15,614,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $15,434,000
    Financial Administration: $10,325,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $6,892,000
    Financial Administration: $6,137,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $4,901,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $4,857,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $4,533,000
    Central Staff Services: $4,284,000
    Central Staff Services: $4,130,000
    General - Other: $3,934,000
    General - Other: $3,423,000
    Housing and Community Development: $3,370,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $3,318,000
    Housing and Community Development: $3,299,000
    Toll Highways: $2,730,000
    Toll Highways: $2,686,000
    Parks and Recreation: $2,640,000
    Parks and Recreation: $2,505,000
    Corrections - Other: $2,179,000
    Corrections - Other: $1,810,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,358,000
    Solid Waste Management: $743,000
    Local Fire Protection: $327,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $250,000
    Libraries: $118,000
    Libraries: $104,000
    Local Fire Protection: $68,000
    General Public Buildings: $20,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $1,945,000
    General Local Government Support: $1,857,000
    Other: $583,000
    Natural Resources: $400,000
    Natural Resources: $294,000
    Other: $254,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $139,000
    Interest on Debt: $114,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Local Fire Protection: $11,063,000
    Other - Local Fire Protection: $10,289,000
    Other - Natural Resources - Other: $203,000
    Other - Police Protection: $195,000
    Other - General - Other: $140,000
    Other - Health - Other: $83,000
    Other - Natural Resources - Other: $39,000
    Other - Regular Highways: $1,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Natural Resources - Other: $16,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $6,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $10,869,000
    Other: $9,765,000
    Health and Hospitals: $546,000
    Health and Hospitals: $515,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,984,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,637,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,304,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,139,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $368,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $182,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $20,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $10,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $5,596,000
    Sale of Property: $3,993,000
    General Revenue - Other: $2,663,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $2,074,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $1,985,000
    Interest Earnings: $1,779,000
    Special Assessments: $1,043,000
    Rents: $1,019,000
    Rents: $967,000
    General Revenue - Other: $706,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $436,000
    Sale of Property: $431,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $241,000
    Special Assessments: $211,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $2,769,000
    Regular Highways: $2,681,000
    General - Other: $674,000
    Health - Other: $527,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $408,000
    Financial Administration: $325,000
    Police Protection: $228,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $196,000
    Police Protection: $195,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $172,000
    Financial Administration: $147,000
    Local Fire Protection: $120,000
    General - Other: $73,000
    Central Staff Services: $45,000
    Correctional Institutions: $28,000
    Health - Other: $27,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $10,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $171,995,000
    Cash and Securities: $159,160,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,467,000
    Cash and Securities: $1,209,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $15,780,000
    Health and Hospitals: $12,401,000
    Health and Hospitals: $7,772,000
    Other: $7,373,000
    Highways: $5,395,000
    Highways: $5,192,000
    Housing and Community Development: $884,000
    Housing and Community Development: $737,000
    General Local Government Support: $687,000
    General Local Government Support: $637,000
  • Tax - Property: $59,893,000
    Property: $57,837,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $35,788,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $30,386,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $4,540,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $4,508,000
    Other Selective Sales: $2,900,000
    Other License: $2,046,000
    Other License: $2,044,000
    Other Selective Sales: $1,924,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $1,368,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $1,155,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $1,086,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $978,000
    Severance: $888,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $768,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $718,000
    Severance: $337,000
    Other: $83,000
    Other: $69,000
    Amusements Sales: $33,000
    Amusements Sales: $32,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $65,265,000
    : $60,114,000

Whatcom County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2020:

  • Charges - Other: $10,936,000
    Other: $8,173,000
    Toll Highways: $1,530,000
    Toll Highways: $1,529,000
    Regular Highways: $975,000
    Regular Highways: $582,000
    Solid Waste Management: $415,000
    Solid Waste Management: $390,000
    Parks and Recreation: $261,000
    Parks and Recreation: $255,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $57,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $40,000
  • Construction - General Public Buildings: $5,352,000
    Regular Highways: $4,733,000
    Regular Highways: $4,226,000
    General - Other: $2,872,000
    Parks and Recreation: $2,365,000
    Health - Other: $1,577,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $526,000
    General - Other: $516,000
    General Public Buildings: $427,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $424,000
    Parks and Recreation: $311,000
    Police Protection: $109,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $51,000
    Correctional Institutions: $38,000
    Police Protection: $9,000
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $22,561,000
    Regular Highways: $21,779,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $20,172,000
    Health - Other: $19,914,000
    Correctional Institutions: $18,489,000
    Police Protection: $18,275,000
    Correctional Institutions: $16,380,000
    Health - Other: $16,208,000
    Police Protection: $15,614,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $15,434,000
    Financial Administration: $10,325,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $6,892,000
    Financial Administration: $6,137,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $4,901,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $4,857,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $4,533,000
    Central Staff Services: $4,284,000
    Central Staff Services: $4,130,000
    General - Other: $3,934,000
    General - Other: $3,423,000
    Housing and Community Development: $3,370,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $3,318,000
    Housing and Community Development: $3,299,000
    Toll Highways: $2,730,000
    Toll Highways: $2,686,000
    Parks and Recreation: $2,640,000
    Parks and Recreation: $2,505,000
    Corrections - Other: $2,179,000
    Corrections - Other: $1,810,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,358,000
    Solid Waste Management: $743,000
    Local Fire Protection: $327,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $250,000
    Libraries: $118,000
    Libraries: $104,000
    Local Fire Protection: $68,000
    General Public Buildings: $20,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $1,945,000
    General Local Government Support: $1,857,000
    Other: $583,000
    Natural Resources: $400,000
    Natural Resources: $294,000
    Other: $254,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $139,000
    Interest on Debt: $114,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Local Fire Protection: $11,063,000
    Other - Local Fire Protection: $10,289,000
    Other - Natural Resources - Other: $203,000
    Other - Police Protection: $195,000
    Other - General - Other: $140,000
    Other - Health - Other: $83,000
    Other - Natural Resources - Other: $39,000
    Other - Regular Highways: $1,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Natural Resources - Other: $16,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $6,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $10,869,000
    Other: $9,765,000
    Health and Hospitals: $546,000
    Health and Hospitals: $515,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,984,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,637,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,304,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,139,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $368,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $182,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $20,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $10,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $5,596,000
    Sale of Property: $3,993,000
    General Revenue - Other: $2,663,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $2,074,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $1,985,000
    Interest Earnings: $1,779,000
    Special Assessments: $1,043,000
    Rents: $1,019,000
    Rents: $967,000
    General Revenue - Other: $706,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $436,000
    Sale of Property: $431,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $241,000
    Special Assessments: $211,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $2,769,000
    Regular Highways: $2,681,000
    General - Other: $674,000
    Health - Other: $527,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $408,000
    Financial Administration: $325,000
    Police Protection: $228,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $196,000
    Police Protection: $195,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $172,000
    Financial Administration: $147,000
    Local Fire Protection: $120,000
    General - Other: $73,000
    Central Staff Services: $45,000
    Correctional Institutions: $28,000
    Health - Other: $27,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $10,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $171,995,000
    Cash and Securities: $159,160,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,467,000
    Cash and Securities: $1,209,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $15,780,000
    Health and Hospitals: $12,401,000
    Health and Hospitals: $7,772,000
    Other: $7,373,000
    Highways: $5,395,000
    Highways: $5,192,000
    Housing and Community Development: $884,000
    Housing and Community Development: $737,000
    General Local Government Support: $687,000
    General Local Government Support: $637,000
  • Tax - Property: $59,893,000
    Property: $57,837,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $35,788,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $30,386,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $4,540,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $4,508,000
    Other Selective Sales: $2,900,000
    Other License: $2,046,000
    Other License: $2,044,000
    Other Selective Sales: $1,924,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $1,368,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $1,155,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $1,086,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $978,000
    Severance: $888,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $768,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $718,000
    Severance: $337,000
    Other: $83,000
    Other: $69,000
    Amusements Sales: $33,000
    Amusements Sales: $32,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $65,265,000
    : $60,114,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 3,459
  • Number of aged recipients: 374
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 3,085
  • Number of recipients under 18: 386
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 2,368
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 705
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 1,090
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 1,670
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 27 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
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 ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED837$226,9061,330$240,3107,256$228,148343$169,12028$2,807,821736$231,501404$160,829
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED73$207,137158$239,424829$227,60847$120,9361$1,125,000103$194,95156$146,232
APPLICATIONS DENIED150$209,413206$246,6601,772$249,977113$155,5663$792,000207$222,705129$142,403
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN109$223,257187$229,6261,246$240,37566$164,5614$1,690,000141$224,54686$161,709
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS19$236,63220$236,700197$258,90416$154,1250$023$162,43511$193,636
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 26 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
D) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED158$252,380129$268,7216$223,3330$0
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED44$280,72753$275,1513$239,0000$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED32$238,50058$276,7762$364,0001$245,000
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN16$289,56311$292,0912$292,0000$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS7$220,0003$253,6672$279,5000$0
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Whatcom, WA
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Whatcom, WA - Value
Most common first names in Whatcom County, WA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John88476.3 years
William60476.1 years
Robert55673.5 years
Mary51780.4 years
James44872.6 years
George42678.0 years
Charles37276.9 years
Margaret31181.0 years
Helen30080.7 years
Dorothy29180.7 years
Most common last names in Whatcom County, WA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson39579.4 years
Smith31578.6 years
Anderson24777.8 years
Brown16779.0 years
Nelson15479.7 years
Jones14278.8 years
Miller13475.2 years
Wilson13276.7 years
Thompson11576.0 years
Williams11276.3 years
Businesses in Whatcom County, WA
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven4Lane Bryant1
AT&T2Lane Furniture3
Abercrombie & Fitch1LensCrafters1
Ace Hardware3Little Caesars Pizza6
Aeropostale1Lowe's1
American Eagle Outfitters1Macy's2
Applebee's1MasterBrand Cabinets5
Arby's2Maurices1
Barnes & Noble1McDonald's8
Baskin-Robbins1Men's Wearhouse1
Bath & Body Works1Motel 61
Bed Bath & Beyond1Motherhood Maternity2
Best Western1New Balance6
Blockbuster4Nike9
Budget Car Rental1Office Depot1
Burger King3OfficeMax1
Charlotte Russe1Old Country Buffet1
Chevrolet2Old Navy1
Chick-Fil-A1Olive Garden1
Cinnabon 1Pac Sun1
Cold Stone Creamery1Panda Express1
Comfort Inn1Payless1
Costco1PetSmart1
Curves4Pier 1 Imports1
Dairy Queen5Pizza Hut1
Days Inn1Plato's Closet1
Decora Cabinetry1Quality1
Dennys2Quiznos4
Domino's Pizza3RadioShack3
Econo Lodge1Red Robin1
Famous Footwear1Rite Aid8
FedEx29Rodeway Inn1
Finish Line1SAS Shoes1
Firestone Complete Auto Care1SONIC Drive-In1
Foot Locker1Safeway1
Ford1Sears3
GNC5Sprint Nextel2
GameStop2Starbucks12
Gap1Subway17
Goodwill2Super 81
Gymboree1T-Mobile4
H&R Block5T.J.Maxx1
Hilton1Taco Bell2
Holiday Inn1Target1
Hollister Co.1Toys"R"Us1
Home Depot1Trader Joe's1
Hot Topic1Travelodge1
JCPenney1True Value4
Jack In The Box4U-Haul11
Jimmy John's1UPS35
Jones New York3Vans4
Journeys1Verizon Wireless2
Justice1Victoria's Secret1
KFC1Vons1
Kmart1Walgreens3
Kohl's1Walmart1
Kroger2Wendy's2
La Quinta1Wet Seal1
La-Z-Boy1YMCA1

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