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Welcome to Bellingham ...

The coastal city of Bellingham is located in Whatcom County<1> and is the County Seat for Whatcom County.

Bellingham was established in 1854.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Bellingham has a population of 92,412 people<2> (see below for details).

The community of Bellingham is 70 feet [21 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Bellingham lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

The telephone area code for Bellingham: (360)

The ZIP code for Bellingham: 98225<4>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Bellingham had an population of 92,412 people. This is an increase of 14.25% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 37.58% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Bellingham had a population of 80,885 people (which is 40.21% of the total population of Whatcom County). This makes Bellingham the county's most populous community.

The population of Bellingham represents 1.2% of the total population of Washington (which has 6,724,540 people), making it the state's 12th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 80,885 people, the population of Bellingham increased 20.42% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 67,171 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Bellingham.

Communities Also Named Bellingham ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 4 communities that are also named Bellingham - they are located in Massachusetts, Minnesota, Ontario and South Carolina.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Bellingham.

Communities near Bellingham ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Bellingham.

  • Anacortes
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the south)
  • Ferndale
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the northwest)
  • Lynden
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the north)
  • Everson
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the northeast)
  • Nooksack
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Nooksack have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nooksack
    • Nooksack is located in Whatcom County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,659 people
  • Sumas
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sumas
    • Sumas is located in Whatcom County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,629 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sumas <5>
  • Lummi
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lummi
    • Lummi is located in Whatcom County
  • Sudden Valley
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sudden Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sudden Valley
    • Sudden Valley is located in Whatcom County
  • Lummi Island
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the west)
  • Alger
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alger have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alger
    • Alger is located in Skagit County

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Bellingham. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Bellingham.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Bellingham. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Bellingham.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Bellingham. Our list includes 57 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Bellingham.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Bellingham ...

Looking for more information about Bellingham? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Bellingham, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Bellingham.

Adding Bellingham to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Bellingham in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Bellingham was in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Bellingham on a map titled Auto Trails Map of Washington (1925).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Bellingham.

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Bellingham. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Washington's counties, including Whatcom, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Bellingham.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Bellingham - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Bellingham). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Bellingham or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.


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