Best Places to Live

Bellingham, WA

Population: 82,944
LIV
SCORE
617
Brendan Laing

Excellence in education is a hallmark of Bellingham, where thousands of students attend classes at Bellingham Technical College, Trinity Western University, Western Washington University and Whatcom Community College.

The city also earns high marks for arts and entertainment, and Bellingham offers a variety of housing choices within 25 distinct neighborhoods. The community has a well-deserved reputation for pedestrian and bike friendliness, and there are many hiking and mountain biking trails throughout the region. Whatever the season or your interests, there's always lots to do in Bellingham.

The city also hosts a Bellingham Bay Marathon each September that serves as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon — if you're a runner, it's a great way to explore the beauty of the city. 

Find out more about why Bellingham is a Top 100 Best Place to Live.

Bellingham, WA Ranking Data

Civic
45
Demographics
37
Economy
56
Education
73
Health
68
Housing
76
Infrastructure
67