Bellingham, Washington Population 2021

96,014
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Bellingham is a city located in Washington. With a 2020 population of 96,014, it is the 11th largest city in Washington and the 339th largest city in the United States. Bellingham is currently growing at a rate of 1.96% annually and its population has increased by 18.70% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 80,885 in 2010. Bellingham reached it's highest population of 96,014 in 2021. Spanning over 30 miles, Bellingham has a population density of 3,468 people per square mile.

The average household income in Bellingham is $71,680 with a poverty rate of 20.82%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,056 per month, and the median house value is $374,700. The median age in Bellingham is 31.5 years, 30.3 years for males, and 33.4 years for females. For every 100 females there are 95.5 males.

Bellingham Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Bellingham was:

  • White: 83.20%
  • Asian: 5.94%
  • Two or more races: 4.80%
  • Other race: 3.09%
  • Black or African American: 1.60%
  • Native American: 1.14%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.23%
The current population of Bellingham, Washington is 96,014, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 90,464.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 80,885.

Bellingham, Washington Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021237,3474,0501.71%
2020233,2974,0501.74%
2019229,2474,0501.77%
2018225,1973,7871.68%
2017221,4104,9932.26%
2016216,4174,5812.12%
2015211,8363,6821.74%
2014208,1542,0811.00%
2013206,0731,2100.59%
2012204,8631,3730.67%
2011203,4901,9450.96%
2010201,5450.00%

Bellingham Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White73,85383.20%
Asian5,2775.94%
Two or More Races4,2604.80%
Some Other Race2,7393.09%
Black or African American1,4161.60%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,0121.14%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander2070.23%
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Bellingham Population by Race

Bellingham Population Pyramid 2021

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Bellingham Median Age

31.5


Total

30.3


Male

33.4


Female

Bellingham Adults

There are 75,520 adults, (13,265 of whom are seniors) in Bellingham.

Bellingham Age Dependency

42.6

Age Dependency Ratio

21.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

21.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Bellingham Sex Ratio

Female

45,414

51.16%

Male

43,350

48.84%

Bellingham Population by Age

Bellingham Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Bellingham Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married73.5%26.5%
Male47%53%
All45.4%54.6%
Female40.6%59.4%
Non Family28.3%71.7%

45.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Bellingham Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All36,8642.2845.4
Non Family19,9911.6728.3
Married12,5962.9673.5
Female3,205340.6
Male1,0723.5247

2.88

Average Family Size

2.28

Average Household Size

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Bellingham Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade8071.49%
9th to 12th Grade2,1644.00%
High School Graduate9,82318.15%
Some College11,48721.22%
Associates Degree5,88210.87%
Bachelors Degree14,94327.60%
Graduate Degree9,02916.68%
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Bellingham Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Bellingham Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White44,64643,11320,786
Hispanic3,7042,9861,067
Asian2,8862,4931,307
Multiple Races1,7481,486605
Other Race1,268958316
Black836651224
Native American660572116
Islander146136

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 96.57%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 46.56%.

Bellingham Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$38,309$44,896$32,122
Less Than High School$28,306$32,520$20,583
High School Grad$30,529$31,638$28,806
Some College$31,700$38,714$25,779
Bachelors Degree$44,137$52,808$35,538
Graduate Degree$61,569$75,680$52,314

$38,309

Average Earnings

$44,896

Average Male

$32,122

Average Female

Bellingham Earnings by Educational Attainment

Bellingham Language by Age

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Bellingham Language

87.65% of Bellingham residents speak only English, while 12.35% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.59% of the population.

Bellingham Language

Bellingham Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White65,82812,11218.40%
Hispanic7,7582,31729.87%
Asian5,1121,50329.40%
Multiple4,0691,07526.42%
Other2,65467625.47%
Black1,32242732.30%
Native86630635.33%
Islander1895428.57%

20.82%

Overall Poverty Rate

19.31%

Male Poverty Rate

22.26%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Bellingham

The race most likely to be in poverty in Bellingham is Native, with 35.33% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Bellingham is White, with 18.40% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.69%. Among those working part-time, it was 38.70%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 25.79%.

Bellingham Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School27.15%
Some College17.55%
High School17.01%
Bachelors or Greater5.76%

Bellingham Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Male Unemployed48.62%
Female Unemployed43.45%
Female Employed19.10%
Male Employed15.07%

Bellingham Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Bellingham Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$53,396$71,680
Families$79,637$99,127
Married Families$92,667-
Non Families$33,836$46,046
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Income by Household Type

Bellingham Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

35.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

36.5%

Male Marriage Rate

34.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Bellingham Married by Age and Sex

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Bellingham Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Bellingham Marital Status by Race

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Bellingham Marital Status

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4,888

Number of Veterans

4,387

Male Veterans

501

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,906
Second Gulf War973
First Gulf War845
Korea302
World War II273

Bellingham Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 741,326
35 to 541,108
75+1,085
55 to 64849
18 to 34520

Bellingham Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White4,3536.84%
Black21418.71%
Hispanic1913.40%
2 or More1384.59%
Other1055.55%
Indian556.06%
Asian230.50%

Bellingham Veterans by Race

Bellingham Veterans by Education

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10.97%

Veteran Poverty Rate

38.24%

Veteran Disability Rate

Bellingham Veterans by Education

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64.3%

Labor Force Participation

60.2%

Employment Rate

6.2%

Unemployment Rate

Bellingham Employment by Age

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Bellingham Employment by Race

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Bellingham Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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48.80%

Born in Washington

90.33%

Native Born

9.67%

Foreign Born

4.60%

Non Citizen

5.07%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

90.33% of Bellingham residents were born in the United States, with 48.80% having been born in Washington. 4.60% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Bellingham Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202196,0141,8501.96%
202094,1641,8502.00%
201992,3141,8502.05%
201890,4641,4331.61%
201789,0312,0772.39%
201686,9541,9562.30%
201584,9981,6121.93%
201483,3867930.96%
201382,5932940.36%
201282,2994400.54%
201181,8595620.69%
201081,29714,1261.93%
200067,17114,9922.56%
199052,1796,3851.31%
198045,7946,4191.52%
197039,3754,6871.28%
196034,6885760.17%
195034,1124,7981.53%
194029,314-1,509-0.50%
193030,8235,2381.88%
192025,5851,2870.52%
191024,29813,2368.19%
190011,0622,9073.10%
18908,1550.00%

Bellingham Population by Year