Bellingham, the largest city in Whatcom County, is home to approximately 75,000 of the county’s 191,000 people. Our parks system, the lakes, the mountains and the waterfront draw you to the outdoors. From the snow capped peak of Mount Baker, to the serene setting of the San Juan Islands, to the many cultural events of the community a quality of living is created attracting people looking to relocate to this area.
Whatcom County is located in the furthest northwest corner of Washington State and the continental United States. Whatcom, the 12th largest county in Washington is situated between two international, metropolitan cities. Vancouver, British Columbia lies 60 miles north of Bellingham, and Seattle lies 89 miles south of Bellingham. Vancouver and Seattle are linked by I-5 which runs through Bellingham.
Whatcom County offers 143 miles of shoreline, 3,000 miles of rivers and streams, and Mount Baker, a very popular destination for skiers and hikers. Throughout the year, there are many outdoor activities to take advantage of including: kayaking and sailing in the San Juan Islands, hiking and mountain biking, diving in the Puget Sound, and rock climbing. Twenty-nine miles of trails thread through town, enjoyed by walkers, runners, and bicyclists. Bellingham is also only an hour or two away from the remote alpine lakes of North Cascade National Park. There are endless activities year round to satisfy outdoor lovers.
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