With incredible views of the San Juan Islands over Bellingham Bay
and the Cascade Mountain Range, the natural setting of this city in
Washington’s far northwest fourth corner is breathtaking. Whatcom
County, which neighbors Canada’s British Columbia, is full of
outdoor recreation opportunities, including hiking/biking/horseback
trails, campgrounds, boating, fishing and snow sports at Mount
Baker. The San Juan Islands and Whistler, B.C. are within easy
access for year-round enjoyment as well.
Western Washington University adds a cultural dimension, and
college student energy, to the Bellingham scene with regular
events and speakers throughout the year. Bellingham’s many
festivals fill up the summer months, from Ski to Sea for outdoor
enthusiasts to The Bellingham Festival of Music for classical music
The residents of Bellingham consider their city a secret gem that
combines the attributes of a small-town with the cultural amenities
of a vibrant, growing community.
• Population of the City of Bellingham in 2005: 73,320
• Population of Whatcom County in 2005: 180,800
Bellingham is often ranked as one of the top small cities in
America in which to locate a business, raise a family or retire.