On the shores of Bellingham Bay with Mount Baker as its backdrop, Bellingham is the last major city before the Washington coastline meets the Canadian border with a population of 82,234 (2012 city-data). The City of Bellingham, which serves as the county seat of Whatcom County, is at the center of a uniquely picturesque area offering a rich variety of recreational, cultural, educational and economic activities.
Bellingham, Washington is about 90 miles north of Seattle, 21 miles south of the Canadian border and about 52 miles south of Vancouver, B.C. The city encompasses about 28 square miles, with north Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands to the west and snow-capped Mount Baker and the North Cascade mountains to the east.
Bellingham residents are passionate about community life. Strategic investments in parks, trails and preserved open spaces offer recreation and help the community grow gracefully as the population increases. Bellingham’s active waterfront hosts a range of marine activities.