Bellingham, WA
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Bellingham is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Washington. With a population of 85,146 people and 19 constituent neighborhoods, Bellingham is the 12th largest community in Washington.

Housing costs in Bellingham are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Washington.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Bellingham is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Bellingham is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bellingham who work in office and administrative support (12.79%), sales jobs (12.04%), and food service (8.86%).

Also of interest is that Bellingham has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

In addition, Bellingham is a college town. There are a lot of students in Bellingham attending college, and as a result Bellingham provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.

Bellingham is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

One of the benefits of Bellingham is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.65 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Bellingham is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Bellingham area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The citizens of Bellingham are among the most well-educated in the nation: 40.74% of adults in Bellingham have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Bellingham in 2010 was $24,864, which is middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $99,456 for a family of four. However, Bellingham contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Bellingham is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Bellingham home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Bellingham residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Bellingham include Irish, English, Norwegian, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Bellingham is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Russian.