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The 2000 Census showed that Whatcom County had a population of 166,814 people. This represented 2.83% of the total population of Washington, making it the state's 9th most populous county (out of 39 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Whatcom had a population of 200,434 people. This is an increase of 20.15% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010201,140+20.58%+0.35% since 2009
2009200,434+20.15%+1.76% since 2008
2008196,960+18.07%+2.13% since 2007
2007192,843+15.6%+2.12% since 2006
2006188,837+13.2%+1.88% since 2005
2005185,356+11.12%+2% since 2004
2004181,715+8.93%+2.19% since 2003
2003177,821+6.6%+1.62% since 2002
2002174,980+4.9%+2.18% since 2001
2001171,250+2.66%+2.66% since 2000
2000166,814The Last Census

Whatcom County had 73,893 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Whatcom County has a total area<3> of 2,503 square miles [6,484 km²]. Of this total, 2,119 square miles [5,489 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (15.34%) being water (384 square miles [994 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Whatcom County had a population density of 78.7 people per square mile [30.39 people/km²], making it the state's 12th most densely populated county (out of 39 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Whatcom County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Whatcom and the state of Washington.

Click here for the Whatcom County QuickFact (QF-53073).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Whatcom County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Whatcom County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
OkanoganQF-53047   E40,55239,5642.5%
San JuanQF-53055   SW15,48414,07710%
SkagitQF-53057   S119,534102,97916.08%

The western boundary of the county is on Pudget Sound and the Canadian Province of British Columbia lies to the north.

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Census QuickFact for Whatcom County

Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Whatcom. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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