Whatcom County, Washington (WA)

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County population in 2012: 205,262 (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: 96 people per square mile   (average).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Whatcom County: 99.0 (near average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (37.1%), Educational, health and social services (17.5%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (11.2%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 57%
  • Government: 5%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 37%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Races in Whatcom County, Washington:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (81.9%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (7.8%)
  • Asian alone (3.5%)
  • Two or more races (3.0%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (2.5%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (0.9%)
Median resident age:  36.0 years
Washington median age:  37.0 years
Males: 99,635  (40.9%)
Females: 101,505  (59.1%)

Whatcom County,WA real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Whatcom County:

2.0 people
Washington:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $50,186 ($40,005 in 1999)

This county:

$50186
Washington:

$58405

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $794 (lower quartile is $641, upper quartile is $1,091)
This county:

$794
State:

$867


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $278,600 (it was $149,500 in 2000)
Whatcom:

$278,600
Washington:

$250,800
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $206,100 - $378,700

Mean price in 2013:

Detached houses: $329,698
Here:

$329,698
State:

$329,559

Townhouses or other attached units: $254,818
Here:

$254,818
State:

$270,940

In 2-unit structures: $237,325
Here:

$237,325
State:

$280,281

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $187,251
Here:

$187,251
State:

$202,515

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $212,781
Here:

$212,781
State:

$245,538

Mobile homes: $109,497
Here:

$109,497
State:

$98,688

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $13,535
Here:

$13,535
State:

$69,606
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,529
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $450

Institutionalized population: 1,259

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

Whatcom County, WA map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 858 buildings, average cost: $188,200
  • 2008: 536 buildings, average cost: $216,400
  • 2009: 426 buildings, average cost: $203,600

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $2,497 (0.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $2,376 (0.8%)

Whatcom County household income distribution in 2009 Whatcom County home values distribution Whatcom County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 17.0%
(15.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 29.1% for Black residents, 26.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 30.9% for American Indian residents, 23.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 33.6% for other race residents, 19.7% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 17.0%
Whatcom County:

17.0%
Washington:

14.1%
(15.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 31.1% for Black residents, 26.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 28.6% for American Indian residents, 23.6% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 30.5% for other race residents, 22.0% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 36 years old
(Males: 35 years old, Females: 37 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 40 years old, Black residents: 31 years old, American Indian residents: 26 years old, Asian residents: 30 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 23 years old, Other race residents: 22 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

2005 air pollution in Whatcom County:

Ozone (1-hour): 0.064 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Below U.S. average.
Ozone (8-hour): 0.055 ppm (standard limit: 0.08 ppm). Significantly below U.S. average.

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Whatcom County: Loganita Lodge (A), Lummi Island Ferry Landing (B), The Willows (C), Echo Lodge (D), Whatcom County Fire District 11 Lummi Island (E), Lummi Island Library (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Church in Whatcom County: Lummi Island Congregational Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Reservoirs: Baker Reservoir (A), Holiday Lake (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

5.1%
Washington:

5.3%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 19,135
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 87.5%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 27.2%

Number of foreign born residents: 16,342 (40% naturalized citizens)

Whatcom County:

9.8%
Whole state:

10.4%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 4,144
  • 1990 to 1994: 2,927
  • 1985 to 1989: 1,969
  • 1980 to 1984: 1,218
  • 1975 to 1979: 1,066
  • 1970 to 1974: 789
  • 1970 to 1974: 912
  • 1965 to 1969: 3,317

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:


Housing units in Whatcom County with a mortgage: 21,858 (2,644 second mortgage, 2,152 home equity loan, 81 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 8,354

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

75.4% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Whatcom County

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 slightly below Washington state average. It is 110% 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 (6.5 MB, 6.6 MS, 6.8 MW, Depth: 32.2 mi, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) 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 the 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 Whatcom County 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 11.0 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:


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).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Canada (34%)
  • Mexico (11%)
  • United Kingdom (5%)
  • India (5%)
  • Russia (4%)
  • Ukraine (4%)
  • Vietnam (3%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Whatcom County (%):

  • German (16%)
  • English (9%)
  • Dutch (8%)
  • Irish (8%)
  • Norwegian (7%)
  • United States or American (7%)
  • Scottish (3%)

Whatcom County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 60,125 (76%)
  • Carpooled: 8,385 (11%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 1,528 (2%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 5 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 8 (0%)
  • Railroad: 15 (0%)
  • Ferryboat: 22 (0%)
  • Taxi: 13 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 145 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 1,067 (1%)
  • Walked: 3,287 (4%)
  • Other means: 665 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 3,998 (5%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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 mentally retarded
  • 4 people in religious group quarters

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
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $56,709.

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%

3.04% relocated from other counties in Washington ($17,451 average AGI)
2.68% relocated from other states ($20,686 average AGI)
Whatcom County:

2.68%
Washington average:

3.33%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


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)
from Pierce County, WA  0.17% ($35,437)
from Island County, WA  0.14% ($33,050)
from Spokane County, WA  0.11% ($24,927)
from Maricopa County, AZ  0.10% ($30,182)


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%

3.20% relocated to other counties in Washington ($17,471 average AGI)
2.59% relocated to other states ($15,817 average AGI)
Whatcom County:

2.59%
Washington average:

2.98%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to King County, WA  1.12% ($30,151 average AGI)
to Skagit County, WA  0.49% ($39,883)
to Snohomish County, WA  0.49% ($34,050)
to Pierce County, WA  0.17% ($28,402)
to Multnomah County, OR  0.12% ($28,523)
to Spokane County, WA  0.11% ($29,889)
to Thurston County, WA  0.10% ($28,753)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.0
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.6
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 11.2

Births per 1000 population in Whatcom County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 7.3
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 7.3
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 7.3

Deaths per 1000 population in Whatcom County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 4.7
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 4.3

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Whatcom County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 23,740 (20,437 aged, 3,303 disabled)
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: 7470.850
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 130.430
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 30964.05

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1095
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 752.160
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 8.18

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 45.27
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 103.560

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 12.54

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: 195,436

Size of family households: 23,064 2-persons, 10,395 3-persons, 8,851 4-persons, 3,982 5-persons, 1,545 6-persons, 1,025 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 22,357 1-person, 6,466 2-persons, 1,447 3-persons, 792 4-persons, 273 5-persons, 112 6-persons, 61 7-or-more-persons.

28,721 married couples with children.
8,596 single-parent households (2,248 men, 6,348 women).

90.8% of residents of Whatcom County speak English at home.
3.6% of residents speak Spanish at home (56% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 20% speak English not well, 5% don't speak English at all).
3.8% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (62% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 14% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
1.4% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (48% speak English very well, 32% speak English well, 17% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
0.4% of residents speak other language at home (71% speak English very well, 22% speak English well, 6% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $1,167,230,000 ($6479 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:

6.0
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.0
State:

3.9

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 1,452
  • 2000 to 2004: 17,330
  • 1990 to 1999: 18,315
  • 1980 to 1989: 11,518
  • 1970 to 1979: 16,698
  • 1960 to 1969: 5,371
  • 1950 to 1959: 5,431
  • 1940 to 1949: 2,742
  • 1939 or earlier: 12,539
Rooms in houses/apartments in Whatcom County, Washington
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 164
  • 2 rooms: 679
  • 3 rooms: 1,717
  • 4 rooms: 4,793
  • 5 rooms: 8,335
  • 6 rooms: 9,227
  • 7 rooms: 6,698
  • 8 rooms: 4,532
  • 9+ rooms: 4,726
  • 1 room: 1,729
  • 2 rooms: 2,911
  • 3 rooms: 4,145
  • 4 rooms: 6,177
  • 5 rooms: 3,995
  • 6 rooms: 2,554
  • 7 rooms: 1,139
  • 8 rooms: 515
  • 9+ rooms: 410
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Whatcom County, Washington
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 177
  • 1 bedroom: 1,706
  • 2 bedrooms: 9,812
  • 3 bedrooms: 20,034
  • 4 bedrooms: 7,118
  • 5+ bedrooms: 2,024
  • no bedroom: 1,933
  • 1 bedroom: 5,893
  • 2 bedrooms: 9,146
  • 3 bedrooms: 4,708
  • 4 bedrooms: 1,529
  • 5+ bedrooms: 366
Cars and other vehicles available in Whatcom County, Washington in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 1,178
  • 1 vehicle: 9,835
  • 2 vehicles: 19,400
  • 3 vehicles: 7,262
  • 4 vehicles: 2,139
  • 5+ vehicles: 1,057
  • no vehicle: 3,144
  • 1 vehicle: 10,127
  • 2 vehicles: 7,147
  • 3 vehicles: 2,104
  • 4 vehicles: 749
  • 5+ vehicles: 304

47% of Whatcom County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 54% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 59% lived in Washington.

Whatcom County:

46.7%
State average:

50.2%

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

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $139,000


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Whatcom County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (53.9%)
  • Electricity (20.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (14.7%)
  • Wood (7.3%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (3.5%)
  • Electricity (57.2%)
  • Utility gas (29.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (6.0%)
  • Wood (3.9%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (2.1%)
  • Other fuel (1.0%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 2,085
Here:

11.3%
Washington:

9.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 769
Here:

8.6%
Washington:

7.0%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 887
Here:

5.0%
Washington:

15.7%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Whatcom County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $1,379,000
    Correctional Institutions: $1,337,000
    General - Other: $551,000
  • Current Operations - Judicial and Legal Services: $12,373,000
    Police Protection: $9,160,000
    Health - Other: $9,128,000
    Regular Highways: $8,653,000
    Correctional Institutions: $7,536,000
    Financial Administration: $3,883,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $3,162,000
    Parks and Recreation: $3,160,000
    Central Staff Services: $2,948,000
    Corrections - Other: $2,483,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $2,311,000
    General - Other: $1,622,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,058,000
    Housing and Community Development: $259,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $250,000
    Public Welfare Institutions: $60,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $10,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $583,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $5,793,000
    General - Other: $1,785,000
    Central Staff Services: $452,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $449,000
    Correctional Institutions: $112,000
    Police Protection: $90,000
    Financial Administration: $41,000
    Parks and Recreation: $24,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $7,000
    Health - Other: $5,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $43,028,000

Whatcom County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $8,754,000
    Solid Waste Management: $836,000
    Parks and Recreation: $313,000
    Sewerage: $35,000
    Regular Highways: $15,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $2,264,000
    General Local Government Support: $671,000
    Natural Resources: $505,000
    Health and Hospitals: $122,000
    Public Welfare: $42,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $4,367,000
    Health and Hospitals: $307,000
    Highways: $83,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $3,152,000
    Sale of Property: $1,887,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $1,369,000
    Rents: $876,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $488,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $404,000
    Special Assessments: $152,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $6,294,000
    All Other: $5,601,000
    Health and Hospitals: $5,015,000
    Housing and Community Development: $416,000
    General Local Government Support: $399,000
    Public Welfare: $370,000
  • Tax - Property: $41,518,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $14,185,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $4,744,000
    Other License: $2,228,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $928,000
    Occupation and Business License, NEC: $515,000
    Other Selective Sales: $366,000
    Severance: $166,000
    Amusements Sales: $75,000

Whatcom County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $13,750,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $12,199,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,596,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $45,000

Whatcom County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $73,529,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $207,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Whatcom County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Whatcom County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
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Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

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

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - 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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