Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA

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2022 Population
113,823
49.3% 1-year decline
US Senator
Patty Murray
Democratic Party
US Senator
Maria Cantwell
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
35.5
6.08% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
16.9%
25.8% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$68,454
2.22% 1-year decline
2022 Median Property Value
$527,400
33% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
51,953
49.5% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA had a population of 114k people with a median age of 35.5 and a median household income of $68,454. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA declined from 224,533 to 113,823, a −49.3% decrease and its median household income declined from $70,011 to $68,454, a −2.22% decrease.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA are White (Non-Hispanic) (77.4%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (5.68%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (5.31%), White (Hispanic) (3.44%), and Other (Hispanic) (3.23%).

11.9% of the households in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

95.8% of the residents in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA are Western Washington University (3,831 degrees awarded in 2022), Whatcom Community College (1,193 degrees), and Bellingham Technical College (835 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA was $527,400, and the homeownership rate was 51.4%.

Most people in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 19.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA was 2 cars per household.

Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA borders Skagit County PUMA, WA and Whatcom County (Outer)--Lynden, Ferndale & Blaine Cities PUMA, WA.

Population & Diversity

Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA is home to a population of 114k people, from which 95.8% are citizens. As of 2022, 9.04% of Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA residents were born outside of the country (10.3k people).

In 2022, there were 13.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (88.1k people) in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 6.46k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 6.05k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The most common non-English languages spoken as the primary langauge in households in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA are Spanish (6,175 households), Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) (1,540 households), and Russian (737 households).

Residents by Gender and Age

RACE/ETHNICITY
56,855
Women
51.3%
53,982
Men
48.7%

The resident population of United States in 2022 was 110,837 inhabitants, with 48.7% men, and 51.3% women.

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Citizenship

95.8%
2022 Citizenship
95.2%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 95.8% of Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA was 95.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    88.1k ± 2.01k
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    6.46k ± 699
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    6.05k ± 619
9.42%
Hispanic Population
10.7k people

In 2022, there were 13.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (88.1k people) in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 6.46k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 6.05k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

9.42% of the people in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA are hispanic (10.7k people).

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin
  1. Canada
    2,212 ± 1,143 people
  2. Mexico
    1,694 ± 1,003 people
  3. Philippines
    800 ± 692 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA was Canada, the natal country of 2,212 Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA residents, followed by Mexico with 1,694 and Philippines with 800.

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Foreign-Born Population

9.04%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
10.3k people
9.67%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
21.7k people

As of 2022, 9.04% of Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA residents (10.3k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA was 9.67%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Non-English Households

Most Common Non-English Languages
  1. Spanish
    6,175 households (5.65%)
  2. Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese)
    1,540 households (1.41%)
  3. Russian
    737 households (0.674%)

11.9% of the households in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language, which is lower than the national average of 21.7%. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

In 2022, the most common non-English language spoken in households in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA was Spanish. 5.65% of the households in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA reported speaking Spanish at home as the primary shared language between all members living in the household.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    2,278 ± 352
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,270 ± 381
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    791 ± 249

Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.79 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA employs 52k people. The largest industries in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA are Construction (4,204 people), Restaurants & Food Services (3,401 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (2,909 people), and the highest paying industries are Industrial & miscellaneous chemicals ($226,166), Nondepository credit & related activities ($202,369), and Aircraft & parts manufacturing ($147,385).

Males in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA have an average income that is 1.38 times higher than the average income of females, which is $57,449. The income inequality in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.452, which is lower than than the national average.

Workforce Diversity

Measure
RACE/ETHNICITY
48,400
Women
47.2%
54,157
Men
52.8%

The workforce of Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA in 2020 was 102,557 people, with 47.2% woman, and 52.8% men.

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Occupations

52k
2022 Value
−49.5%
1 Year decline
± −49.5%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA declined at a rate of −49.5%, from 103k employees to 52k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA, are Other managers (1,430 people), Firstline supervisors of retail sales workers (1,212 people), and Janitors & building cleaners (1,071 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

52k
2022 Value
−49.5%
1 Year decline
± −49.5%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA declined at a rate of −49.5%, from 103k employees to 52k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA, are Construction (4,204 people), Restaurants & Food Services (3,401 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (2,909 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA, though some of these residents may live in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$46,438
Median earning men ± $2,236
$34,034
Median earning women ± $1,355

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($79,676), Information ($74,806), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($70,357).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Construction ($62,757), Public Administration ($56,646), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($49,855).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
3.62%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 3.58M people employed in Washington. This represents a 3.62% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.3%.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Washington went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 58% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (38.8%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.97%).

Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell are the senators currently representing the state of Washington. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Washington is currently represented by 10 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Washington

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Patty Murray
Senator from Washington3
Assumed office on January 3, 1993
Maria Cantwell
Senator from Washington1
Assumed office on January 3, 2001

Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell are the senators currently representing Washington.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Washington

Washington is currently represented by 10 members in the U.S. house.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA awarded 5,859 degrees. The student population of Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 8,544 male students and 11,175 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA are White (3,971 and 68.7%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (658 and 11.4%), Two or More Races (464 and 8.02%), and Asian (372 and 6.43%).

The largest universities in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA by number of degrees awarded are Western Washington University (3,831 and 65.4%), Whatcom Community College (1,193 and 20.4%), and Bellingham Technical College (835 and 14.3%).

The most popular majors in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (490 and 8.36%), General Psychology (220 and 3.75%), and General Computer & Information Sciences (165 and 2.82%).

The median tuition cost in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA for a public four year colleges is $3,527 for in-state students and $8,786 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
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In 2022 in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 92.7%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 29.3%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 19,719 (43.3% men and 56.7% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 19,719 students enrolled in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA, 43.3% men and 56.7% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 13,024 records, of which 56.7% were women and 43.3% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 220 degrees awarded
  2. 151 degrees awarded
  3. 136 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA was General Psychology with 220 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 3,831 degrees awarded
  2. 1,193 degrees awarded
  3. 835 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Western Washington University with 3,831 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 2,503 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA, which is 0.746 times less than the 3,356 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 3,971 degrees mean that there were 6.03 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 658 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 4-year or above ($3,527) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,207) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($942) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

Measure

In 2022, 0.858% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.468% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population of Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA in 2022 were Some college (25.2k), High School or Equivalent (19.7k), and Bachelors Degree (19.4k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA was $527,400 in 2022, which is 1.87 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $396,500 to $527,400, a 33% increase. The homeownership rate in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA is 51.4%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA have an average commute time of 19.2 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA is $68,454. In 2022, the PUMA with the highest Median Household Income in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA was King County (Central)--Sammamish, Issaquah, Mercer Island & Newcastle Cities PUMA, WA with a value of $181,744, followed by King County (Northeast)--Snoqualmie City, Cottage Lake, Union Hill & Novelty Hill PUMA, WA and King County (Northwest Central)--Greater Bellevue City PUMA, WA, with respective values of $164,720 and $151,065.

Property

$527,400
Median Property Value 2022
±$18,975
$25,143
Median Property Taxes
±$1,244

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Rent vs Own

51.4%
Homeownership
2022
68.6%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 51.4% of the housing units in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 62.4%.

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Income by Location

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In 2022, the PUMA with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA was King County (Central)--Sammamish, Issaquah, Mercer Island & Newcastle Cities PUMA, WA with a value of $181,744, followed by King County (Northeast)--Snoqualmie City, Cottage Lake, Union Hill & Novelty Hill PUMA, WA and King County (Northwest Central)--Greater Bellevue City PUMA, WA, with respective values of $164,720 and $151,065.

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Household Income

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$68,454
Median Household Income
± $2,967
48.9k
Number of Households
± 1,914

In 2022, the median household income of the 48.9k households in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA declined from $68,454 from the previous year's value of $70,011.

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Wage Distribution

0.452
2022 Wage GINI in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA
0.448
2021 Wage GINI in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA

In 2022, the income inequality in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA was 0.452 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.993% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (68.1%)
  2. Worked At Home (12.6%)
  3. Carpooled (7.45%)

In 2022, 68.1% of workers in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (12.6%) and those who carpooled to work (7.45%).

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Commute Time

19.2 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA have a shorter commute time (19.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.89% of the workforce in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

16.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA (18.5k out of 110k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

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Health

95.1% of the population of Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA has health coverage, with 49.9% on employee plans, 17.2% on Medicaid, 13.4% on Medicare, 13.3% on non-group plans, and 1.4% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Washington see 1176 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.676% decrease from the previous year (1184 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1196 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 229 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,176 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Washington

Primary care physicians in Washington see an average of 1,176 patients per year. This represents a 0.676% decrease from the previous year (1,184 patients).

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 17.2% under 18 years, 32.5% between 18 and 34 years, 33.5% between 35 and 64 years, and 16.9% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.1% were men and 51.9% were women.

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Uninsured People

4.87%
Uninsured
49.9%
Employer Coverage
17.2%
Medicaid
13.4%
Medicare
13.3%
Non-Group
1.4%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Whatcom County (South)--Greater Bellingham City PUMA, WA declined by 13.5% from 5.64% to 4.87%.

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