A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A+
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$285,900
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$902
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    54%
  • Own
    46%

Bellingham Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    144
    0
  • Murder
    1
    0
  • Rape
    56
    41
  • Robbery
    54
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    647
    1
  • Theft
    4,004
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    193
    0

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$43,536
National
$53,889
Children
13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    26%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    19%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%
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Bellingham Reviews

156 reviews
All Categories
This place is amazing, and I mean that as someone who is not born and bred in the fairytale like forest of Washington. The city is incredibly supportive of it's town folks and puts together a lot of great events! There are 3 different farmer's markets, the camping here is out of this world, the food is local, people are politically active, the nightlife is GREAT for those 21 and over, and some bars even throw some out of this world an 18+ club events. Also if your 19 and older Canada is only a 15 minute drive away, and Vancouver nightlife will blow your mind! The music in Bellingham is real funky, but if that's not your style Seattle is one hour away. Honestly one of the most fun places I have ever lived with an amazing and supportive community. There is always something to do here.
Review Bellingham
This city is truly the city of Subdued Excitement! It has a vibrant culture like what Seattle has, but with less crowdedness. This city is also filled with multiple beautiful places to hike! Particularly Oyster Dome and Mt. Baker. Definitely, recommend to go to college here also because of the college town feel that it has, and you can see a lot of coffee shops around here too! There are some hiccups to it, however, downtimes can be sketchy at night sometimes, so stay safe guys. But nightlife is really nice with all the restaurants, bars, nightclubs around Bellingham.
Moving to Bellingham, Washington has been one of the best decisions of my life. I graduated from Western Washington University in Spring 2016 with a Bachelor's degree and am now continuing on to get my Master's in Speech Language Pathology at Western. I just completed my first quarter of the graduate program and I am absolutely loving it. The community of Bellingham is warm and welcoming. It is a small town with a relaxed atmosphere. In addition, it is a beautiful town with a plethora of outdoor places to explore, including Chuckanut Bay and Mount Baker!