Bellingham, Washington Population 2020

94,867

Bellingham is a city located in Washington. With a 2020 population of 94,867, it is the 11th largest city in Washington and the 347th largest city in the United States. Bellingham is currently growing at a rate of 2.26% annually and its population has increased by 17.29% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 80,885 in 2010. Spanning over 30 miles, Bellingham has a population density of 3,427 people per square mile.

The average household income in Bellingham is $68,486 with a poverty rate of 21.80%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $999 per month, and the median house value is $347,100. The median age in Bellingham is 30.8 years, 29.8 years for males, and 32.2 years for females. For every 100 females there are 97.5 males.

Bellingham Demographics

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

  • White: 82.47%
  • Asian: 6.37%
  • Two or more races: 4.93%
  • Other race: 3.13%
  • Black or African American: 1.56%
  • Native American: 1.33%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.21%
The current population of Bellingham, Washington is 94,867, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 90,665.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 80,885.

Bellingham, Washington Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020233,7554,0351.73%
2019229,7204,0351.76%
2018225,6854,0351.79%
2017221,6505,0812.29%
2016216,5694,6292.14%
2015211,9403,7251.76%
2014208,2152,1081.01%
2013206,1071,2270.60%
2012204,8801,4000.68%
2011203,4801,9330.95%
2010201,5470.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White71,80882.47%
Asian5,5506.37%
Two or More Races4,2924.93%
Some Other Race2,7243.13%
Black or African American1,3571.56%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,1591.33%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1810.21%

Bellingham Population Pyramid 2020

Bellingham Median Age

30.8


Total

29.8


Male

32.2


Female

Bellingham Adults

There are 73,707 adults, (12,301 of whom are seniors) in Bellingham.

Bellingham Age Dependency

41.8

Age Dependency Ratio

20

Old Age Dependency Ratio

21.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Bellingham Sex Ratio

Female

44,084

50.63%

Male

42,987

49.37%

Bellingham Households and Families

Bellingham Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Bellingham Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married72.9%27.1%
Male45.7%54.3%
All45.1%54.9%
Female41%59%
Non Family28%72%

45.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All35,6942.3145.1
Non Family19,2541.6828
Married12,2083.0272.9
Female2,9642.9741
Male1,2683.3445.7

2.9

Average Family Size

2.31

Average Household Size

8.5%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.7%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Bellingham Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,0231.96%
9th to 12th Grade2,2104.24%
High School Graduate9,72818.67%
Some College10,72120.57%
Associates Degree5,45410.47%
Bachelors Degree14,51827.86%
Graduate Degree8,46216.24%

Bellingham Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White42,63341,00019,920
Hispanic3,5802,761864
Asian3,1422,6671,306
Multiple Races1,5341,355585
Other Race1,228862219
Black834637243
Native American730618160
Islander10186

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 96.17%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 46.72%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$36,363$39,905$32,317
Less Than High School$24,229$28,798$21,220
High School Grad$28,994$30,505$27,279
Some College$31,702$33,795$28,145
Bachelors Degree$41,437$49,398$34,134
Graduate Degree$56,284$70,114$50,818

$36,363

Average Earnings

$39,905

Average Male

$32,317

Average Female

Bellingham Language

Bellingham Language by Age

Bellingham Language

86.70% of Bellingham residents speak only English, while 13.30% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.65% of the population.

Bellingham Poverty

Bellingham Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White63,86512,05418.87%
Hispanic7,6762,75735.92%
Asian5,4251,49927.63%
Multiple4,0491,10127.19%
Other2,63168025.85%
Black1,24743634.96%
Native1,01737737.07%
Islander1696940.83%

21.80%

Overall Poverty Rate

20.50%

Male Poverty Rate

23.07%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Bellingham

The race most likely to be in poverty in Bellingham is Islander, with 40.83% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Bellingham is White, with 18.87% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.07%. Among those working part-time, it was 39.09%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 27.23%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School30.42%
High School17.70%
Some College17.22%
Bachelors or Greater5.70%
Name Poverty
Male Unemployed49.97%
Female Unemployed45.85%
Female Employed19.83%
Male Employed15.44%

Bellingham Income

Bellingham Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$50,844$68,486
Families$73,975$94,081
Married Families$89,378-
Non Families$31,820$44,228

Bellingham Marital Status

Bellingham Marital Status

Marriage Rates

34.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

35.3%

Male Marriage Rate

34.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Bellingham Married by Age and Sex

Bellingham Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Bellingham Marital Status by Race

Bellingham Veterans

4,476

Number of Veterans

4,111

Male Veterans

365

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,713
Second Gulf War862
First Gulf War665
World War II388
Korea370
Name Veterans % of Total
White4,0096.49%
Black22420.36%
2 or More1234.18%
Hispanic991.81%
Indian575.92%
Other382.12%
Asian250.51%

$Bellingham Veterans by Education

12.77%

Veteran Poverty Rate

35.69%

Veteran Disability Rate

Bellingham Employment Status

64.9%

Labor Force Participation

60.6%

Employment Rate

6.5%

Unemployment Rate

Bellingham Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

49.43%

Born in Washington

89.80%

Native Born

10.20%

Foreign Born

4.86%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

89.80% of Bellingham residents were born in the United States, with 49.43% having been born in Washington. 4.86% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202094,8672,1012.26%
201992,7662,1012.32%
201890,6651,5261.71%
201789,1392,1012.41%
201687,0381,9752.32%
201585,0631,6231.95%
201483,4408020.97%
201382,6382910.35%
201282,3474510.55%
201181,8965520.68%
201081,34414,1731.93%
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%