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Bellingham is a city in Whatcom County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named for the bay, which was named for Sir William Bellingham.

The latitude of Bellingham is 48.759N. The longitude is -122.486W.

It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 69 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 71,289.


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Median household income
Local
$32,530
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Bellingham demographic reports
Bellingham is on Bellingham Bay.
Former and merged names include:
· Fairhaven
· New Whatcom
· Old Bellingham
· Pattle's Point
· Sehome
· Unionville
· Whatcom
The community formed from the merger of four towns - Whatcom, New Whatcom, Bellingham and Fairhaven.
Public transportation: Whatcom Transportation Authority (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 181. The number of murders and homicides was 1. The violent crime rate was 2.5 per 1,000 people.
Selected by AARP magazine in 2003 as No. 2 among the "15 Best Places to Reinvent Your Life"
Bellingham received national attention for 1979 arrest here of Kenneth Bianchi, the Hillside Strangler
Well-known residents have included:
· Hilary Swank, actress
· Stephen S. Oswald, astronaut
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks, Northwest Cruisin Coffee
Local festivals include:
  • Oktoberfest - Oct. 12-13, 2007
  • Scandinavian Fair - Dec. 1-2, 2007
  • La Bella Strada Art Festival - Aug. 11-12, 2007
  • Zimbabwean Music Festival - Aug. 24-26, 2007
Dates often change. Check Bellingham web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Whatcom Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation: Larrabee State Park
Historic sites and museums: Bellingham Antique Radio Museum, Whatcom Museum of History and Art
Colleges and universities: Western Washington University
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 110
Municipal address:
210 Lottie St.
Bellingham, WA 98225

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Bellingham demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Whatcom County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Bellingham area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 98225 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

17% of Bellingham residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Bellingham ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Bellingham was $19,483, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

33% of Bellingham residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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History

Historic districts in Bellingham include Eldridge Avenue Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Bellingham, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $559.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,133.


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Libraries in Bellingham include Bellingham Public Library, Fairhaven Branch Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Bellingham include Bellingham Herald

TV stations in Bellingham include KBCB, KVOS.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KZAZ.

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Whatcom County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Bellingham political report.

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The average commute time for Bellingham workers is 18 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 7 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Bellingham between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.0 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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