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

The community of Bellingham is the Seat for Whatcom County.

Whatcom County was founded in 1854 and was created by taking area from IslandCounty.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Whatcom had a population of 200,434 people. This is an increase of 20.15% since the last Census (which gave a population of 166,814 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Whatcom represented 2.83% of the total population of Washington, making it the state's 9th most populous county (out of 39 counties).

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
2000166,814The Last Census

More information can be found on the Whatcom County Census Page for Whatcom County.


Below are some of the communities located in Whatcom County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Whatcom County):

Community 2009
(2009vs. 2000)
Bellingham   80,05567,17119.18% increase  
Lynden   12,1259,02034.42% increase  
Ferndale   11,6818,75833.38% increase  
Blaine   5,0623,77034.27% increase  
Everson   2,2402,03510.07% increase  

Websites for Whatcom County

Official Website:   www.co.whatcom.wa.us/

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<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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