Whatcom County, Washington Population 2018

Whatcom County, Washington's estimated population is 221,404 with a growth rate of 5.57% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Whatcom County, Washington is the 9th largest county in Washington.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2017221,40411,6755.57%
2016209,729-6,545-3.03%
2016216,2744,5612.15%
2015211,7133,6011.73%
2014208,1121,9230.93%
2013206,1891,3110.64%
2012204,8781,4310.70%
2011203,4471,9270.96%
2010201,52073,74057.71%
1990127,78021,07919.76%
1980106,70124,75130.20%
197081,95011,63316.54%
196070,3173,5845.37%
195066,7336,37810.57%
194060,3551,2272.08%
193059,1288,52816.85%
192050,6001,0892.20%
191049,51125,395105.30%
190024,1165,52529.72%
189018,59115,454492.64%
18803,1372,603487.45%
187053418251.70%
18603520.00%

Whatcom County, Washington Population Growth

Population Data via

Population by Race

Race Population
White177,367
Two or More Races8,429
Asian8,401
American Indian and Alaska Native6,455
Some Other Race6,408
Black or African American2,059
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander610

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Whatcom County, Washington Population Pyramid 2018

0%2%4%6%8%10%12% Male Population0%2%4%6%8%10%12% Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Whatcom County, Washington Median Age

36.8


Total

35.8


Male

37.6


Female

Whatcom County, Washington Adults

There are 167,573 adults, (32,508 of which are seniors) in Whatcom County, Washington.

Whatcom County, Washington Age Dependency

55.2

Age Dependency Ratio

24

Old Age Dependency Ratio

31.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Whatcom County, Washington Sex Ratio

Female

105,851

50.47%

Male

103,878

49.53%

Whatcom County, Washington Households and Families

Whatcom County, Washington Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Whatcom County, Washington Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married81.2%18.8%
All62.2%37.8%
Male47.4%52.6%
Non Family45.4%54.6%
Female41.1%58.9%

62.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Whatcom County, Washington Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All81,0192.5262.2
Married38,7933.1481.2
Non Family31,8261.5345.4
Female7,2583.1841.1
Male3,1423.4347.4

3.06

Average Family Size

2.52

Average Household Size

6.2%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.3%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Whatcom County, Washington Households

Whatcom County, Washington Education

Whatcom County, Washington Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade4,5133.30%
9th to 12th Grade7,4535.45%
High School Graduate32,58023.83%
Some College33,70924.66%
Associates Degree13,83710.12%
Bachelors Degree29,21121.37%
Graduate Degree15,39411.26%

Whatcom County, Washington Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White115,286108,56839,861
Hispanic8,7585,4811,061
Asian5,3704,4652,273
Native American3,5802,759397
Multiple Races3,2522,861848
Other Race3,0141,500183
Black1,1891,016321
Islander38636960

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 95.60%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 42.33%.

Whatcom County, Washington Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$35,306$42,443$27,282
Less Than High School$23,908$29,117$16,257
High School Grad$31,461$40,138$23,769
Some College$31,522$40,699$24,913
Bachelors Degree$41,807$53,182$34,854
Graduate Degree$57,111$65,865$50,845

$35,306

Average Earnings

$42,443

Average Male

$27,282

Average Female

Whatcom County, Washington Language

Whatcom County, Washington Language by Age

Whatcom County, Washington Language

87.59% of Whatcom County, Washington residents speak only English, while 12.41% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.88% of the population.

Whatcom County, Washington Poverty

Whatcom County, Washington Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White163,50322,71113.89%
Hispanic18,1544,43924.45%
Native6,2771,91830.56%
Multiple8,1791,86122.75%
Asian8,2641,66020.09%
Other6,3261,61825.58%
Black1,95753927.54%
Islander59613923.32%

15.99%

Overall Poverty Rate

14.64%

Male Poverty Rate

17.33%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Whatcom County, Washington

The race most likely to be in poverty in Whatcom County, Washington is Native, with 30.56% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Whatcom County, Washington is White, with 13.89% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.29%. Among those working part-time, it was 24.58%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 23.31%.

Whatcom County, Washington Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School27.78%
High School13.44%
Some College13.27%
Bachelors or Greater4.96%

Whatcom County, Washington Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Female Unemployed51.58%
Male Unemployed34.36%
Female Employed11.62%
Male Employed8.42%

Whatcom County, Washington Income

Whatcom County, Washington Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$54,207$69,770
Families$70,570$85,420
Married Families$79,492$96,433
Non Families$30,656$43,154

Whatcom County, Washington Marital Status

Whatcom County, Washington Marital Status

Marriage Rates

47.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

48.4%

Male Marriage Rate

45.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Whatcom County, Washington Married by Age and Sex

Whatcom County, Washington Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35To44.

Whatcom County, Washington Marital Status by Race

Whatcom County, Washington Veterans

Whatcom County, Washington Veterans by War

13,657

Number of Veterans

12,781

Male Veterans

876

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam5,710
First Gulf War2,337
Second Gulf War1,826
Korea1,312
World War II742

Whatcom County, Washington Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
65 to 743,900
35 to 543,056
75+3,034
55 to 642,716
18 to 34951

Whatcom County, Washington Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White12,5008.64%
Hispanic4984.21%
2 or More3767.68%
Black27819.47%
Asian1732.39%
Indian1723.67%
Other1102.80%
Hawaiian489.92%

Whatcom County, Washington Veterans by Education

9.36%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.12%

Veteran Disability Rate

Whatcom County, Washington Employment Status

Whatcom County, Washington Employment by Age

62.9%

Labor Force Participation

57.8%

Employment Rate

7.7%

Unemployment Rate

Whatcom County, Washington Employment by Race

Whatcom County, Washington Employment by Education

Population of Cities in Whatcom County, Washington

City 2010 Census 2016 Estimated Growth Growth Rate
Bellingham812668757463087.76%
Lynden1198813952196416.38%
Ferndale1140813403199517.49%
Blaine4686516447810.20%
Everson246126341737.03%
Nooksack1338152518713.98%
Sumas130914091007.64%
Data Sources
  1. US Census City/Town Population estimates - Most recent state estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program
  2. Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790 - 1990