Whatcom County, Washington Population 2023

Whatcom County, Washington's estimated 2023 population is 234,560 with a growth rate of 1.11% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Whatcom County, Washington is the 9th largest county in Washington. The 2010 population was 201,140 and has seen a growth of 16.62% since that time.

Note: data after 2020 is projected based on recent growth

Whatcom County, Washington Population 2023

Population by Race

White

Two or more races

Other race

Asian

Native American

Black or African American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Whatcom County, Washington Population by Race

Whatcom County, Washington Population Pyramid 2023

Whatcom County, Washington Median Age

37.5

Total

36.5

Male

38.3

Female

Whatcom County, Washington Adults

There are 181,042 adults, (38,939 of whom are seniors) in Whatcom County, Washington.

Whatcom County, Washington Age Dependency

58

Age Dependency Ratio

27.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

30.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Whatcom County, Washington Sex Ratio

Female113,68550.63%
Male110,85349.37%

Whatcom County, Washington Population by Age

Whatcom County, Washington Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

2.97

Average Family Size

2.47

Average Household Size

62.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Whatcom County, Washington Households and Families

Male

Female

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

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

Whatcom County, Washington Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 77.88%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 34.05%.

Whatcom County, Washington Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

$42,138

Average Earnings

$52,632

Average Male

$32,873

Average Female

Whatcom County, Washington Earnings by Educational Attainment

Whatcom County, Washington Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Whatcom County, Washington Language

88.09% of Whatcom County, Washington residents speak only English, while 11.91% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 6.14% of the population.

Whatcom County, Washington Language

Whatcom County, Washington Poverty by Race

rate

16.12%

Overall Poverty Rate

12.47%

Male Poverty Rate

15.25%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Whatcom County, Washington

The race most likely to be in poverty in Whatcom County, Washington is Black, with 30.47% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Whatcom County, Washington is Islander, with 2.87% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.77%. Among those working part-time, it was 23.08%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 20.57%.

Whatcom County, Washington Poverty

Whatcom County, Washington Poverty Rate by Education

Whatcom County, Washington Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Whatcom County, Washington Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Whatcom County, Washington Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

48.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

48.9%

Male Marriage Rate

47.9%

Female Marriage Rate

Whatcom County, Washington Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Whatcom County, Washington 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.

Whatcom County, Washington Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Whatcom County, Washington Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

13,386

Number of Veterans

12,308

Male Veterans

1,078

Female Veterans

Whatcom County, Washington Veterans by War

Whatcom County, Washington Veterans by Age

count

Whatcom County, Washington Veterans by Race

Whatcom County, Washington Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

7.94%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.92%

Veteran Disability Rate

Whatcom County, Washington Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

62.4%

Labor Force Participation

59.1%

Employment Rate

5.2%

Unemployment Rate

Whatcom County, Washington Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Whatcom County, Washington Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Whatcom County, Washington Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

51.78%

Born in Whatcom County, Washington

89.08%

Native Born

9.9%

Foreign Born

5.02%

Non Citizen

4.88%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

89.08% of Whatcom County, Washington residents were born in the United States, with 51.78% having been born in Washington. 5.02% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Whatcom County, Washington Place of Birth

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