Bellingham Demographics

Bellingham’s current population estimate is approximately 82,631 people. The following data is derived from the 2010-2011 census.

The breakdown of Bellingham’s population per the 2011 census was 80,885 people within 33,933 households, and an average household size of 2.22. The average population density was 2,987.0 people per square mile and a total of 36,760 housing units.

The racial makeup of the city was as follows: 84.9% White residents, 1.3% Black residents, 1.3% Native American residents, 5.1% Asian residents, 7.0% Hispanic or Latino residents, and 0.3% Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian residents. Of these residents, 4.3% reported being from two or more races.

In the city, the population was spread out with 4.6% of residents under the age of 5, 15.6% under the age of 18, and 12.8% 65 and older. Insufficient data was provided for those between 18 and 65 years old.

The median income for a household in the city was $39,299; 22.6% of persons lived below the poverty line.

Bellingham is part of Whatcom County and has a land area of 27.08 square miles. Bellingham beats out the state retail sales per capita, ranking in at $25,169 versus $14,380 at the state level.

In the 2012 United States presidential election, Washington cast approximately 56% of its votes for Barack Obama, and generally votes Democrat.