According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Bellingham has an overall cost of living index of 123 which is 1.2x higher than the national index of 100.
Compared to only Washington, Bellingham has a cost of living index that's 1.0x higher than Washington's index of 119.
The standard of living in Bellingham ranks as #4,956 most affordable out of the 6,418 places we measured in Washington. By definition, that implies Bellingham ranks as the #1,463 most expensive place in the Evergreen State.
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Housing swings affordability the most between places in Washington, so we broke down the statistics around housing costs into more detail. It's also important to consider median household incomes to make apples-to-apples comparisons across locations.
Home and income come data comes from the most recent US Census ACS 2014-2018.