Bellingham is the most populous city in, and county seat of Whatcom County in the U.S. state of Washington. It lies 21 miles south of the U.S.–Canada border in between two major cities of the Pacific Northwest: Vancouver, British Columbia and Seattle. The city of Bellingham was incorporated in 1903 through the consolidation of Bellingham, Whatcom, Fairhaven, and Sehome into the city of Bellingham. Located on Bellingham Bay, which had been named by George Vancouver in 1792, for Sir William Bellingham, the Controller of Storekeeper Accounts of the Royal Navy during the Vancouver Expedition.
Today, Bellingham is a popular tourist destination known for its easy access to outdoor recreation in the San Juan Islands and North Cascades. Bellingham is undergoing redevelopment on more than 100 acres (40 ha) of former industrial land in its Waterfront District, with a hotel, conference centre, condos, retirement living, retail and commercial development planned for the site.
Among the largest employers in Bellingham are: PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center; Western Washington University; Bellingham School District; Whatcom County; City of Bellingham; Haggen; Fred Meyer; Whatcom Educational Credit Union; Bellingham Technical College; Zodiac Aerospace.
Bellingham was ranked #902 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Bellingham has a population of over 90,670 people.