Whatcom County, Washington Population 2021

Whatcom County, Washington's estimated population is 237,347 with a growth rate of 1.74% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Whatcom County, Washington is the 10th largest county in Washington. The 2010 Population was 201,545 and has seen a growth of 17.76% since this time.

Note: 2020 and 2021 data is projected
Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021237,3474,0501.74%
2020233,2974,0501.77%
2019229,2474,0501.80%
2018225,1973,7871.71%
2017221,4104,9932.31%
2016216,4174,5812.16%
2015211,8363,6821.77%
2014208,1542,0811.01%
2013206,0731,2100.59%
2012204,8631,3730.67%
2011203,4901,9450.97%
2010201,54573,76557.73%
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%
2021 Growth Rate
1.74%
County Website
Founded
March 9, 1854
County Seat
2010 Population
201,545
Growth Since 2010
17.76%
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Whatcom County, Washington Population Growth

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White184,00683.33%
Two or More Races10,3284.68%
Asian9,1204.13%
Some Other Race8,0583.65%
American Indian and Alaska Native6,4372.92%
Black or African American2,2041.00%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander6680.30%
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Whatcom County, Washington Population by Race

Whatcom County, Washington Population Pyramid $2021

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Whatcom County, Washington Median Age

37.3


Total

36.2


Male

38.2


Female

Whatcom County, Washington Adults

There are 177,569 adults, (37,321 of whom are seniors) in Whatcom County, Washington.

Whatcom County, Washington Age Dependency

57.5

Age Dependency Ratio

26.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

30.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Whatcom County, Washington Sex Ratio

Female

111,751

50.61%

Male

109,070

49.39%

Whatcom County, Washington Population by Age

Whatcom County, Washington Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Whatcom County, Washington Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married82%18%
All61.9%38.1%
Male49.7%50.3%
Female45.1%54.9%
Non Family42.4%57.6%

61.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Whatcom County, Washington Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All86,5232.4961.9
Married41,4393.182
Non Family34,4091.5342.4
Female7,1383.1545.1
Male3,5373.449.7

3.01

Average Family Size

2.49

Average Household Size

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Whatcom County, Washington Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3,4532.36%
9th to 12th Grade7,0444.82%
High School Graduate34,17523.36%
Some College35,15324.03%
Associates Degree16,33311.17%
Bachelors Degree32,22722.03%
Graduate Degree17,88912.23%
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Whatcom County, Washington Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Whatcom County, Washington Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White121,741116,19343,651
Hispanic10,2577,3451,841
Asian5,9344,9532,562
2+ Races4,3693,8871,353
Other Race3,8822,327418
Native American3,8143,071554
Black1,3001,033425
Islander42739762

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 95.44%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 43.17%.

Whatcom County, Washington Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$40,535$50,961$31,196
Less Than 9th Grade$30,398$35,987$20,174
High School Graduate$36,780$43,689$27,400
Some College$36,819$49,436$27,503
Bachelors Degree$45,205$59,707$34,408
Graduate Degree$63,857$78,317$54,178

$40,535

Average Earnings

$50,961

Average Male

$31,196

Average Female

Whatcom County, Washington Earnings by Educational Attainment

Whatcom County, Washington Language by Age

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Whatcom County, Washington Language

88.40% of Whatcom County, Washington residents speak only English, while 11.60% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 6.08% of the population.

Whatcom County, Washington Language

Whatcom County, Washington Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White170,24121,22512.47%
Hispanic20,3684,02119.74%
Asian8,9551,75919.64%
Multiple9,9971,63916.39%
Other7,9711,60720.16%
Native6,2171,55124.95%
Black2,10256226.74%
Islander6497211.09%

14.12%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.20%

Male Poverty Rate

15.01%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Whatcom County, Washington

The race most likely to be in poverty in Whatcom County, Washington is Black, with 26.74% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Whatcom County, Washington is Islander, with 11.09% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.82%. Among those working part-time, it was 23.89%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 20.80%.

Whatcom County, Washington Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade22.50%
High School12.56%
Some College11.92%
Bachelors or Greater5.11%

Whatcom County, Washington Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Unemployed37.82%
Female Unemployed37.58%
Female Employed10.65%
Male Employed8.28%

Whatcom County, Washington Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Whatcom County, Washington Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$62,984$80,590
Families$81,150$98,873
Married Families$91,233$109,729
Non Families$36,258$49,049
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Income by Household Type

Whatcom County, Washington Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

47.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

48.0%

Male Marriage Rate

46.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Whatcom County, Washington Married by Age and Sex

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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

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Whatcom County, Washington Marital Status

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14,306

Number of Veterans

13,159

Male Veterans

1,147

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam6,125
First Gulf War3,204
Second Gulf War2,589
Korea850
World War II413

Whatcom County, Washington Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 744,101
35 to 543,520
75+2,963
55 to 642,704
18 to 341,018

Whatcom County, Washington Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White12,9758.59%
Hispanic6514.78%
2+ Races4597.22%
Black30117.64%
Other Race1963.96%
Native American1923.97%
Asian1682.12%
Islander152.73%

Whatcom County, Washington Veterans by Race

Whatcom County, Washington Veterans by Education

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8.94%

Veteran Poverty Rate

30.23%

Veteran Disability Rate

Whatcom County, Washington Veterans by Education

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62.4%

Labor Force Participation

58.7%

Employment Rate

5.7%

Unemployment Rate

Whatcom County, Washington Employment by Age

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Whatcom County, Washington Employment by Race

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Whatcom County, Washington 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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51.90%

Born in Whatcom County, Washington

89.89%

Native Born

10.11%

Foreign Born

5.08%

Non Citizen

5.03%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

89.89% of Whatcom County, Washington residents were born in the United States, with 51.90% having been born in Washington. 5.08% 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

  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

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