Whatcom County, Washington Population 2022

Whatcom County, Washington's estimated population is 241,397 with a growth rate of 1.71% 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 19.77% since this time.

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
18603520.00%
187053418251.70%
18803,1372,603487.45%
189018,59115,454492.64%
190024,1165,52529.72%
191049,51125,395105.30%
192050,6001,0892.20%
193059,1288,52816.85%
194060,3551,2272.08%
195066,7336,37810.57%
196070,3173,5845.37%
197081,95011,63316.54%
1980106,70124,75130.20%
1990127,78021,07919.76%
2010201,54573,76557.73%
2011203,4901,9450.97%
2012204,8631,3730.67%
2013206,0731,2100.59%
2014208,1542,0811.01%
2015211,8363,6821.77%
2016216,4174,5812.16%
2017221,4104,9932.31%
2018225,1973,7871.71%
2019229,2474,0501.80%
2020233,2974,0501.77%
2021237,3474,0501.74%
2022241,3974,0501.71%
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Whatcom County, Washington Population Growth

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White184,23682.05%
Black or African American2,2170.99%
American Indian and Alaska Native5,7222.55%
Asian9,0694.04%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander5590.25%
Some Other Race9,3084.15%
Two or More Races13,4275.98%
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Whatcom County, Washington Population by Race

Whatcom County, Washington Population Pyramid 2022

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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

Age Dependency Ratio

27.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

30.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Whatcom County, Washington Sex Ratio

Female

113,685

50.63%

Male

110,853

49.37%

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
Married82.4%17.6%
All62.2%37.8%
Male54.4%45.6%
Female43.6%56.4%
Non Family42%58%

62.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Whatcom County, Washington Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All88,9782.4762.2
Married43,0823.0582.4
Male3,6073.2754.4
Female7,0103.1443.6
Non Family35,2791.5442

2.97

Average Family Size

2.47

Average Household Size

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Whatcom County, Washington Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3,5782.39%
9th to 12th Grade7,3474.91%
High School Graduate33,28422.23%
Some College36,30824.25%
Associates Degree16,38710.94%
Bachelors Degree33,14422.14%
Graduate Degree19,68613.15%
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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
Asian5,8984,8962,810
White123,372117,55345,387
Black1,3341,136483
2+ Races5,9335,2832,039
Hispanic10,8127,6742,043
Islander43438374
Native American3,5472,960465
Other Race4,8313,014420

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 95.28%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 47.64%.

Whatcom County, Washington Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$42,138$52,632$32,873
Less Than 9th Grade$32,701$37,508$21,264
High School Graduate$36,278$43,804$28,559
Some College$39,450$52,718$31,004
Bachelors Degree$46,572$58,937$36,897
Graduate Degree$66,691$81,988$54,746

$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

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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

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black2,09758928.09%
Native5,5701,17721.13%
Hispanic21,2674,22519.87%
Asian8,8521,64718.61%
Multiple12,9652,35818.19%
White170,97521,13012.36%
Islander552152.72%
Other1,799NaN%

13.87%

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 28.09% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Whatcom County, Washington is Other, with NaN% 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

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade21.29%
High School12.94%
Some College10.97%
Bachelors or Greater5.39%

Whatcom County, Washington Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed7.97%
Male Unemployed33.14%
Female Employed10.62%
Female Unemployed25.27%

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$65,420$82,145
Families$83,751$100,143
Married Families$94,312$110,964
Non Families$39,450$50,760
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Income by Household Type

Whatcom County, Washington Marital Status

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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

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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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13,386

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War2,520
First Gulf War2,866
Vietnam5,569
Korea656
World War II318

Whatcom County, Washington Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 34846
35 to 543,415
55 to 642,011
65 to 744,020
75+3,094

Whatcom County, Washington Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White11,9427.86%
Black33618.09%
Native American2265.17%
Asian1541.95%
Islander102.05%
Other Race1612.68%
2+ Races5576.68%
Hispanic5493.85%

Whatcom County, Washington Veterans by Race

Whatcom County, Washington Veterans by Education

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7.94%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.92%

Veteran Disability Rate

Whatcom County, Washington Veterans by Education

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62.4%

Labor Force Participation

59.1%

Employment Rate

5.2%

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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52.31%

Born in Whatcom County, Washington

90.00%

Native Born

10.00%

Foreign Born

5.08%

Non Citizen

4.93%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

90.00% of Whatcom County, Washington residents were born in the United States, with 52.31% 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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