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Welcome to Ferndale ...

The city of Ferndale is located in Whatcom County<1>.

While we don't have a date for the founding of Ferndale, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1878.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Ferndale has a population of 15,143 people<2> (see below for details).

Ferndale is 40 feet [12 m] above sea level.<3>.

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

Ferndale lies within the (360) area code.

The ZIP code for Ferndale: 98248<4>

Websites for Ferndale ...

Official Website:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Ferndale had an population of 15,143 people. This is an increase of 32.66% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 72.9% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Ferndale had a population of 11,415 people (which is 5.68% of the total population of Whatcom County). This makes Ferndale the county's 3rd most populous community.

The population of Ferndale represents 0.17% of the population of Washington (which has 6,724,540 people), making it the state's 70th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 11,415 people, the population of Ferndale increased 30.34% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 8,758 people).

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

Communities Also Named Ferndale ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are two Washington communities named Ferndale: This one is located in Whatcom County and the other is located in King County.

Beyond Washington, there are 34 communities that are also named Ferndale - they are located in Arkansas, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan (2), Montana, New Brunswick, New York, Newfoundland and Labrador, North Carolina, Ohio, Ontario (4), Oregon, Pennsylvania (6), South Carolina (3) and West Virginia.

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

Communities near Ferndale ...

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

  • Abbotsford
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the northeast)
  • Bellingham
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the southeast)
  • Langley
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the north)
  • White Rock
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for White Rock came from an uncertain source and they still need to be verified:<6>
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for White Rock
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for White Rock <5>
  • Lynden
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the northeast)
  • Aldergrove
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the north)
  • Blaine
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the northwest)
  • 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.<7> 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
    (18 miles [29 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>

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 Ferndale. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Ferndale.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Ferndale. 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 Ferndale.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Ferndale. See our Newspapers Page for Ferndale.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Ferndale ...

Looking for more information about Ferndale? 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 Ferndale, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Ferndale.

Adding Ferndale to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Ferndale 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 Ferndale was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<8>

From that list, the Ferndale post office opened in 1878.

For more details, see References and Mentions for Ferndale.

The official website for Ferndale:

The official website for Whatcom County:

The official website for State of Washington:

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 Ferndale.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Ferndale - 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 Ferndale). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Ferndale 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>If we found a location and have questions about the accuracy of our information, we will simply say that the marker is 'in the vicinity'. We are not confident about the location and the position of our marker is only a rough guide. If we have too many doubts about the location, we will not include it in our database.
<7>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.
<8>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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