As the county seat of Whatcom County, Bellingham is the cultural, governmental and recreational hub of the area that includes Mt. Baker, Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands.
The area offers breathtaking natural scenery and endless recreational opportunities. Mt. Baker offers snow skiing and snowboarding, hiking and biking and the bay area has waterfront adventures galore.
Among GreatPlacesToRetire cities, Bellingham ranks high in climate, air quality and proximity to nearest big city. Bellingham ranks low in taxes and crime.
For more detailed city facts -- including data on home prices, population demographics, medical care, air quality, water quality and more -- click on the City Report graphic below:
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