Place:Whatcom, Washington, United States

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Whatcom County is a county located in the State of Washington. As of the 2010 census, the population was 201,140. The county seat and largest city is Bellingham.

Whatcom County was created out of Island County by the Washington Territorial Legislature on March 9, 1854, and originally included present day San Juan and Skagit Counties. Its name ultimately derives from the Lummi word Xwotʼqom, meaning "noisy water."

Whatcom County's northern border is the international boundary with the Canadian province of British Columbia; adjoining the county on the north are four of metropolitan Vancouver's suburbs, Delta, White Rock, Surrey, Langley, and, in the central Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, with several shopping malls and other services in Bellingham and elsewhere in the county geared to cross-border shopping and recreation. The five crossing points are two at Blaine (one at the Peace Arch, located on the Interstate 5 crossing, and the other a commercial and passenger crossing on the Pacific Highway at State Route 543, both to Surrey, British Columbia), as well as at Lynden (SR 539, to Aldergrove), Sumas (SR 9, to Abbotsford), and Point Roberts (Tyee Drive, to Tsawwassen).

Whatcom County comprises the Bellingham, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Timeline

Date Event Source
1854 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1854 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1854 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1860 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1872 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1883 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1890 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1891 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1860 352
1870 534
1880 3,137
1890 18,591
1900 24,116
1910 49,511
1920 50,600
1930 59,128
1940 60,355
1950 66,733
1960 70,317
1970 81,950
1980 106,701
1990 127,780

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Washington and Oregon have been subdivided into townships and sections in accordance with the 1785 Continental Congress Public Land Survey. Both Washington and Oregon use the Willamette Meridian and Base Line for determining baseline and range. The entirety of Whatcom County is divided into land survey townships. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century a number of the populated townships were given names. Place pages have been specified for those townships. Unincorporated communities in these named townships are defined in terms of Whatcom County, but get "also located" listings in the township. Cemeteries located in these named townships and not in incorporated cities and towns will be defined in terms of these townships. Cemeteries in parts of the county not included in named townships will be defined in terms of the county.