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Whatcom County

FACT SHEET

  • Name origin: Name is from a Lummi word meaning “noisy waters.”
  • Established: 1854 Mar 9
  • County seat: Bellingham
  • County government website
  • Upcoming events (via WA-List’s events calendar)
  • Population (2010): 201,140 (Rank: 9 of 39)
  • Area (2010): 2,106.86 square miles (Rank: 12 of 39)
  • Density (2010): 95.5 people per square miles (Rank: 10 of 39)
  • Highest elevation: 10,781 feet, Mt Baker.

Cities and Towns Population Area Density Elevation Zip code
(sq miles) (pop/sq miles) (feet)
1. Bellingham city 80,885 27.08 2,987.0 70 982**
2. Lynden city 11,951 5.17 2,311.6 95 98264
3. Ferndale city 11,415 6.61 1,726.1 136 98248
4. Blaine city 4,684 5.63 832.0 41 982**
5. Everson city 2,481 1.24 2,000.8 85 98247
6. Nooksack city 1,338 0.70 1,911.4 85 98276
7. Sumas city 1,307 1.48 883.1 45 98295

 


Additional facts

  • Bellingham is the 12th most populated city in the state.
  • Whatcom is one of only 4 counties that has at least one peak about 10,000 feet in elevation.
  • Lummi Island is the 10th largest island in the state (9.3 square miles).
  • Lake Whatcom is the 7th natural largest lake in the state by surface area (4,900 acres).

Notes

  • This page is updated periodically in an effort to keep information accurate and offer additional data.
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  • All population and area data are from the 2010 United States Census. All population density figures for cities greater than 5,000 people are as well. Densities of smaller towns and cities were calculated separately using US Census data.
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