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Climate and Topography

Whatcom County is the northernmost county in Washington, containing  2,151 square miles that border on British Columbia, Canada to the north, Okanogan County  to the east, Skagit CountyMt. Baker, by Vickie Presler to the south and the Straight of Georgia to the west.

Much of  the county is mountainous (and part of National Forest and National Parks). Fifty miles east of Bellingham lies the highest peak in the North Cascade mountain range, Mount Baker  (10,778 feet), an ice-clad volcano, providing the state's longest ski season, and great snow-boarding.  The volume  of snow and ice on Mount Baker is greater than that of all the other Cascade Mountain  volcanoes (except Mount Rainer) combined.

A Boats at the Harbor, by Vickie Preslerdeep water port, Bellingham's Squalicum Harbor is the second  largest harbor in Puget Sound. Bellingham is located 90 miles north of Seattle and 23  miles south of the international border. A trip to Point Roberts, the county's most northernly  community, requires a crossing through Canada.


  • Temperature Range:
    • Winter 30 to 50 degrees
    • Spring 40 to 67 degrees
    • Summer 48 to 75 degrees
    • Fall 40 to 59 degrees
  • Annual precipitation: 36 inches
  • Annual Snowfall: 8.60 inches

Demographic Characteristics

For a complete demographic profile on Whatcom County, including  useful relocation information, please visit the
Bellingham / Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry