2010 Census envelope, Flickr photo by Quinn Dombrowski.
As a real estate broker, one of the questions I hear frequently is: What is Bellingham’s population? Well, it fluctuates, but the official answer from the most recent census is out: 80,885 people. This is up 20.4 % from 67,171 people living in Bellingham in 2000.
Keep in mind that the census counts college students living in Bellingham as residents if they live in Bellingham more time than any other place. However, many people are confused about census rules and the students end up being counted wherever their parents live. 14,575 students attend Western Washington University.
In addition, we have a number of ‘snowbirds’ who live in Bellingham during the summer and somewhere sunny during the winter (a pretty good deal). They may be counted as Bellingham residents or they may not be.
The census tries to address these issues, but no count is perfect. So, ‘around 80,000’ people is a great answer to the Bellingham population question. It may be a bit more at times, or a bit less when many students go home for the summer. I think it’s a great size for a small city/large town!
For more information on the 2010 census results for Bellingham, Whatcom County and Washington State, check out this Bellingham Herald article: ‘2010 Census: Whatcom County grew 20.6 percent over past decade‘.
Saw this video on YouTube and I couldn’t resist posting it. La Conner, WA is my hometown, and this video rings true. In fact, both my former neighbor and my former workplace are featured! (La Conner is a very small town.) So, if you need to get out of the hustle and bustle of Bellingham, take a drive down to La Conner. It has some good restaurants, cute little shops, and makes a great day trip- only about 45 minutes from Bellingham.
Another day, another YouTube video highlighting our lovely little corner of the world. This one comes from Journey of Action and highlights all the things that Bellingham is doing to be locally sustainable. They go as far as to call Bellingham “one of the most sustainable communities in the U.S.” and “the number one small city in urban sustainability.”
Nick Hartrich of Sustainable Connections is the central interviewee. They talk about the local businesses, especially restaurants like Avenue Bread, Mallards, and Nimbus. Whatcom County’s timber and fishing industries get a shout out as well. If you live in Bellingham, it’s probably nothing you haven’t heard before, but it’s nice to be recognized!
Flickr photo by Chad Davis.
Happy Veterans Day everyone- take the time to thank a veteran and appreciate everything they have done for this country.
Downtown La Conner, WA waterfront. Image via Wikipedia
La Conner, WA is hosting its 26th annual Art’s Alive! this weekend. Looking for a nice excursion? Take a drive down Chuckanut to check out this lovely little town (about a 45 minute drive from Bellingham) and see some great art. La Conner is known as an artist community, with beautiful scenery and a quaint downtown. This is their art event of the year, with hundreds of artists participating.
Art’s Alive is “A Celebration of Visual, Literary, Musical & Culinary Arts” that has something for everyone. The main event is an invitational art show at Maple Hall in downtown La Conner. Also at Maple Hall, there is an Emerging Artists Exhibit and an Open Art Show. There’s also an Invitational Jewelry Exhibit at La Conner’s Civic Garden Center. Not to mention art shows and artist demonstrations at over 30 of the local galleries!
From Pat’s comment below: There will be artist doing live demonstrations at the Skagit County Historical Museum on both Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3pm. Also, see our exhibit- “The Way We Played: Early Skagit Recreation” featuring skiing, skating, hiking, camping, picnicking, hunting, fishing and more!
Friday (11/5/2010) hours are noon-4, closed 4-5, 5-9; Opening Reception $5 entry
Saturday (11/6/2010) hours are 10-5 pm
Sunday (11/7/2010) hours are 10-4 pm
Want to see art, but don’t want to leave Bellingham? The monthly downtown Bellingham art walk is going on tonight, 6-10pm!
*Photo from Flickr user Evil Erin from last year’s Northwest Washington Fair.
Well, if you missed the Skagit County Fair, you have a second chance to get in on some fair action this week at the Northwest Washington Fair in Lynden. It’s happening today (Monday August 16th) through Saturday.
It’s the 100 year anniversary of this fair, having been started when Lynden had just 1,200 residents. (Although there was already a train between Bellingham and Lynden- I wish there still was one!) The fairgrounds have a new horse arena and expanded small animal exhibit. There are kids activities, farming exhibits, and of course carnival rides.
Music headliners include Wierd Al Yankovic and Kenny Rogers, although you’ll have to pay extra to see them. There’s also a demolition derby and a motocross daredevil for you thrill-seekers.
Fair hours are 9 am to 11 pm, and Carnival hours are 11 am to 11pm. Admission is $10 for people ages 13 and older, $8 for seniors 62 and older, $5 for ages 6-12, and free for ages 5 and under. You can get an all-day carnival pass for $25 or pay $3 and up per ride. The address is 1775 Front Street, Lynden, WA 98264.
Check out the official website for more information about the Northwest Washington Fair.
Enjoy the fair!
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*Photo from Davis Amusement, which provides the rides for the Skagit County Fair
Today through Saturday is the 2010 Skagit County Fair in Mount Vernon, Washington. There will be rides, lots of music, exhibits, and livestock. Tickets are $7 or $20 for a four-day pass. Kids 6 and under are free, and kids 7-18 and seniors (65+) can get tickets for $6 or $15 for a four-day pass. It’s good clean family fun if you’re going to be in the Skagit Valley!
The fair is located at the Skagit County Fairgrounds in Mount Vernon, at 1410 Virginia St.
More information can be found at SkagitFair.com.