Moving to Birch Bay

Birch Bay

A 20-mile drive from Bellingham and a 10-mile drive to the Canadian border, Birch Bay is Whatcom County’s one and only beach town. It is popular for vacationers and second-home owners but is becoming an increasingly popular location for full-time residential living. Birch Bay includes several beachside restaurants, coffee & ice cream shops (some seasonal), and even a new brewery. Activities include crabbing, clamming, fishing, and camping. The 194-acre Birch Bay state park is one of the most popular campgrounds in the Pacific Northwest. Family activities include the nearby Birch Bay Waterslides, go-karts, and mini-golf. For home buyers, there are a wide variety of home buying options for nearly every budget. The condo complexes range from small, basic units to luxury bay view units. Many HOA’s allow you to rent as a VRBO. There are affordable smaller homes, manufactured homes, and mobile home parks. You can raise the budget and find high-quality homes, many with bay views or beach access. The largest and perhaps most sought-after is the gated community of Birch Bay Village, which has amazing amenities, 24/7 security, a 9 hole golf course, trails, a clubhouse, a swimming pool, private beach access, and a private marina.

Location and Population

Size: 16 square miles

Distance to Canadian Border: 20 minutes

Distance to Seattle, WA: 1 hr, 52 minutes

Population: 9,323

Median Age: 51.9

Work and Income

Median Income (Household): $63,413

Capita Income: $38,272

Mean travel time to work: 27 minutes


Bachelor’s degree or higher: 27.2%

High school or higher: 94.5%


Average Home Price: $471,000

Total Housing Units: 5,699

% of Homes Occupied: 73%

Average Dollar Per Square Foot (Residential): $308

12 Month Appreciation: 13.6%

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