Census 2010: Washington › Bellingham

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Square miles: 28.9 Population per sq. mile: 2,987.0

  • 2010 population: 80,885
  • 2000 population: 67,171
  • Total change: 13,714 (20.4%)

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2010 population by race/ethnicity

Diversity Index: 33.4%
The USA TODAY Diversity Index represents the probability that two people from this area will have different ethnic backgrounds. A higher number reflects a more ethnically diverse population.

Age breakdown Median: 31.3 years old

Bellingham population

Race/ethnicity2010 population2010 percentage2000 population2000 percentage2000-2010 change
American Indian/Alaska Native1,0881.3%9971.5%9.1%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander2140.3%1160.2%84.5%
Other race2,2442.8%1,4502.2%54.8%
Two or more races3,4844.3%2,0693.1%68.4%
*Hispanic origin5,6657.0%3,1114.6%82.1%

*Residents of Hispanic origin can be of any race.

Ages 0-17

Population: 12,591 (15.6%)

Diversity Index: 57.2%

Ages 18+

Population: 68,294 (84.4%)

Diversity Index: 32.5%

Race/ethnicityAges 0-17% of 0-17 totalAges 18+% of 18+ total
American Indian/Alaska Native2241.8%8641.3%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander520.4%1620.2%
Other race7495.9%1,4952.2%
Two or more races1,2299.8%2,2553.3%
*Hispanic origin1,88515.0%3,7805.5%

*Residents of Hispanic origin can be of any race.

Population39,484 (48.8%)
Median age30.3
Population41,401 (51.2%)
Median age32.5
Age breakdown by gender
AgePopulation% of totalMale% of male totalFemale% of female total
Under 107,2128.9%3,7379.5%3,4758.4%
10 to 19 years10,51713.0%5,02512.7%5,49213.3%
20 to 29 years21,20226.2%10,81827.4%10,38425.1%
30 to 39 years9,50211.7%4,91812.5%4,58411.1%
40 to 49 years8,64610.7%4,31810.9%4,32810.5%
50 to 59 years9,14711.3%4,30910.9%4,83811.7%
60 to 69 years7,1898.9%3,4098.6%3,7809.1%
70 to 79 years3,7584.6%1,6404.2%2,1185.1%
80 and older3,7124.6%1,3103.3%2,4025.8%

*Residents of Hispanic origin can be of any race.

Household types
Families 2010
Avg. size 2.8
Households 16,129 (46.5%)
Non-families 2010
Avg. size 2.2
Households 18,542 (53.5%)
Family composition
Households ‡ 2010 % of households % of families
Husband-wife family, without children 7,543 21.8% ...
Husband-wife family, with children under 18 years 4,299 12.4% ...
Single male, no children (with other family) 586 1.7% ...
Single male, with children under 18 years 611 1.8% ...
Single female, no children (with other family) 1,198 3.5% ...
Single female, with children under 18 years 1,892 5.5% ...
Single male living alone 5,362 15.5% n/a
Single female living alone 6,870 19.8% n/a
Other non-family households (ex.: roommates) 6,310 18.2% n/a
Total 34,671 100% n/a
Family households 16,129 46.5% 100%
Families with children under 18 years 6,802 19.6% ...
Non-family households 18,542 53.5% n/a
All households with individuals 65 years and over 7,554 21.8% n/a

‡ United States Census Bureau definitions:

Household — A household includes all of the people who occupy a housing unit. People not living in households are classified as living in group quarters. (Ex: college residence halls, skilled-nursing facilities, military barracks, …)
Family — A family includes a householder and one or more people living in the same household who are related to the householder by birth, marriage, or adoption.
Non-family Household — A householder living alone or with nonrelatives only.

Note: Family households and husband-wife-couple families do not include same-sex married couples even if the marriage was performed in a state issuing marriage certificates for same-sex couples. Same-sex-couple households are included in the family households category if there is at least one additional person related to the householder by birth or adoption. Same-sex-couple households with no relatives of the householder present are tabulated in nonfamily households.

Housing Units
Avg. household size2.3
Avg. household size2.1
Vacancy Rate2010
Owner-occupied properties1.9%
Renter-occupied properties4.7%
Overall vacancy rate5.7%
Housing Units2010% of total
Vacant2,089 5.7%
For rent9412.6%
Rented, but unoccupied630.2%
For sale3120.8%
Sold, but unoccupied940.3%
Seasonal use only3230.9%
Other vacant units3561.0%

Credits: Ryan Pitts, Mike Tigas Special thanks: USA Today Census team