Whatcom County

Whatcom County, Washington

311 Grand Ave Rm 301
Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: (360) 676-6777
Fax: (360) 676-6693

On the northwestern border of WA, bordered on west by Georgia Strait; organized Mar 9, 1854 (prior to statehood) from Island County. Name Origin: From the Lummi Indian word what-coom or whuks-qua-koos-ta-qua, said to mean 'noisy, rumbling water,' referring to Whatcom Falls on Bellingham Bay.

Area (sq mi):: 2503.55 (land 2119.53; water 384.02) Population per square mile: 86.60
Population 2005: 183,471 State rank: 9 Population change: 2000-20005 10.00%; 1990-2000 30.50% Population 2000: 166,814 (White 86.20%; Black or African American 0.70%; Hispanic or Latino 5.20%; Asian 2.80%; Other 8.10%). Foreign born: 9.80%. Median age: 34.00
Income 2000: per capita $20,025; median household $40,005; Population below poverty level: 14.20% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $24,241-$26,617
Unemployment (2004): 5.70% Unemployment change (from 2000): -1.10% Median travel time to work: 20.80 minutes Working outside county of residence: 9.10%
Cities with population over 10,000:
  • Bellingham County seat (72,992)
  • Lynden (10,456)

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    The multi-million-dollar cannabis industry continues to evolve in Whatcom County and its impacting the local economy.
    (AP) -- Students at Bellingham Technical College were given one of the more unusual, hands-on assignments so far this school year: Outfit the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office's new 18-ton, mine-resistant truck.
    Joe Rutan, Whatcom County engineer and assistant public works director, was named the Washington State Association of County Engineers (WSACE) urban engineer of the year for 2011 by Jay Weber, executive director of the state's County Road Administration Board.
    The new ATM is at the credit union's Sunset branch at 3061 Orleans Street in its hometown of Bellingham, one of 11 branches and 20 ATMs the credit union operates around Whatcom County in Washington State.
    The Whatcom County Council will decide on new requirements for building projects near underground oil pipelines at its Tuesday meeting.
    Jeff Parks, Whatcom County Sheriff's Department chief criminal deputy, yesterday said search efforts in the northern Cascades to locate missing climber Kevin Lafleur, who lives in Lyndon, Wash., were suspended late Tuesday because of poor weather and dangerous snow conditions.
    Lead poisoning was 24 times more likely to be the cause of death in swans found in Whatcom County compared to swans found in other locations in northwestern Washington State (95% CI, 12.7-47.0).
    In Washington state, the 5-year Nooksack Salmon Enhancement project improves salmon habitat in Whatcom County by planting more than 7,000 spruce, willow, dogwood, hawthorn, alder, cedar, and maple.
    He bought 16 acres in a rural area of Whatcom County, which butts up against the Canadian border.
    Scrimsher is Integrated Vegetation Management Specialist and Crew Leader with the Whatcom County Public Works Department, Division of Maintenance and Operations, Bellingham, Washington.
    Whitacre has resided in Whatcom County since 1990 after moving to Bellingham to attend Western Washington University.