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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A
Whatcom County is located in Washington with a population of 212,738. Living in Whatcom County offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. In Whatcom County there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many young professionals live in Whatcom County and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Whatcom County are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$299,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$972
National
$949
Area Feel
Rural
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    38%
  • Own
    62%
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Whatcom County 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
    116.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    2.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    53.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    62.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    537.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,107.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    159.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    15%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

Working in Whatcom County

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$56,419
National
$55,322

Whatcom County Reviews

3 reviews
Whatcom county has everything for outdoor health nut, organic, adventure seeking, family oriented, foodie, enthusiasts! It's a positive community of people who go out rain or shine, but celebrate all together outside when the sun does choose to shine! Great music, great vibe! A very intentional living community that takes time to invest in its youth.
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Love my individual town in Whatcom County (Bellingham), but the county is too conservative for me. The county as a whole has lots of opportunities for outdoor activities and excursions like to Mt. Baker, or to one of the various lakes, but also lots of indoor activities once you get into the bigger towns.
I love Whatcom county, we live near the water. And we have all
Four seasons and our community is so diverse but inclusive to everyone at the same exact time.