Bellingham

88 reviews
  1. Town in Washington
A
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Real Estate
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A+
  12. Commute
    A+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$287,100
National
$176,700
Median Rent
$901
National
$904
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    54%
  • Own
    46%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    120
    264
  • Murder
    1
    5
  • Rape
    66
    37
  • Robbery
    77
    135
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    874
    575
  • Theft
    4,585
    2,114
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    199
    257

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$42,440
National
$53,046
Children
13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    26%
    18%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    18%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    14%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

Reviews

88 reviews
  • Excellent
    21
  • Very Good
    41
  • Average
    25
  • Poor
    1
  • Terrible
    0
This city is truly the city of Subdued Excitement! It has a vibrant culture like what Seattle has, but with less crowdedness. This city is also filled with multiple beautiful places to hike! Particularly Oyster Dome and Mt. Baker. Definitely, recommend to go to college here also because of the college town feel that it has, and you can see a lot of coffee shops around here too! There are some hiccups to it, however, downtimes can be sketchy at night sometimes, so stay safe guys. But nightlife is really nice with all the restaurants, bars, nightclubs around Bellingham.
  • Current Resident
  • 1 day ago
Moving to Bellingham, Washington has been one of the best decisions of my life. I graduated from Western Washington University in Spring 2016 with a Bachelor's degree and am now continuing on to get my Master's in Speech Language Pathology at Western. I just completed my first quarter of the graduate program and I am absolutely loving it. The community of Bellingham is warm and welcoming. It is a small town with a relaxed atmosphere. In addition, it is a beautiful town with a plethora of outdoor places to explore, including Chuckanut Bay and Mount Baker!
  • Current Resident
  • 23 days ago
I love Bellingham! I have lived here my entire life and although I would like to move somewhere else in the future, it is only because I want to travel to new places. Bellingham is absolutely beautiful with mountains, parks, lakes, and the ocean. There are so many things to do in Bellingham in the outdoors and great options in both Downtown Bellingham and Fairhaven. The neighborhoods are also great, safe, and friendly (for the most part). Overall, Bellingham is a great city to both live, and visit.
  • Current Resident
  • 17 days ago