Forbes has ranked Bellingham as 3rd on its Best Small Places for Business and Careers list.
In 1903, the towns of Whatcom, Sehome, Fairhaven, and Bellingham, were merged and created the city of Bellingham as it is known today. The city features numerous historic downtown buildings, with 73 locations in the Local, State, and/or National Historic Registers. Bellingham has eight designated National Historic Districts.
The most populated city in Whatcom County, the city of Bellingham is approximately 21 miles from the US-Canada border, 52 miles southeast of Vancouver, and 90 miles north of Seattle.
The climate in Bellingham is typical of the Puget Sound region, with year-long average highs of 59, lows of 44, and an average of 35 inches of rain per year. Bellingham has one of the lowest averages of sunny days in the United States.
Bellingham is the northernmost city with more than 50,000 residents in the contiguous United States. The city is home to approximately 91,000 people, making it the 13th-largest city, and part of the 6th-largest metropolitan area in the state of Washington.
Bellingham is a popular tourist destination, and known for a wealth of outdoor activities. The San Juan Islands and North Cascades draw nature and outdoor enthusiast from all over.
The largest employers in Bellingham are the PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center, Western Washington University, and the Bellingham School District.
Reports from Zillow show that the housing market in Bellingham is hot. The median home value is roughly $455,000, which has increased 6.4% over the past year, and is predicted to increase another 5.2% over the coming year. The median rental in the city is $1,970, and the median rental in the Bellingham Metro area is $1,890.
There are over 61 miles of bike lanes, and over 68 miles of trails in Bellingham. The city has a number of public parks for fishing, swimming, and viewing beautiful landscapes and scenery. The popular Whatcom Falls Park is home to four sets of waterfalls.