Moving to Bellingham


Ranked by many publications as one of the Best Places to Live in America for mid-sized cities, Bellingham is a lush and green rapidly growing city that is 25 miles south of the Canadian border and 60 miles north of Seattle. The largest city in Whatcom County, Bellingham’s home prices are the most expensive in Whatcom County. Still relatively affordable compared to Seattle, Bellingham continues to be an increasingly popular relocation destination. Bellingham is most popular for the nature that surrounds it. Bellingham Bay brings access to the ocean as well as the San Juan Islands. Several lakes, including Lake Whatcom, Lake Samish, and Lake Padden provide ample water activities. Galbraith Mountain is the premier mountain biking destination of the Pacific Northwest, and Mt Baker ski resort is less than 60 miles east of Bellingham.

Location and Population

Size: 27.7 square miles

Distance to Canadian Border: 29 minutes

Distance to Seattle, WA: 1 hr, 33 minutes

Population: 90,620

Work and Income

Median Income (Household): $60,592

Per-Capita Income: $35,848

Mean travel time to work: 20.2 minutes


Bachelor’s degree or higher: 46.3%

High school or higher: 95.6%


Median Home Price: $555,000

Average Home Price: $619,500

12-Month Appreciation: 22.1%

Moving Guide