Bellingham is on the edge of Puget Sound & San Juan Islands, Mt. Baker & other mountains, with breathe-taking scenery. In addition to those who love to look at nature, Bellingham is attracting a lot of active people who want to bike, hike, boat and ski.
Bellingham attracts a lot of cultured people, which attracts a lot of cultured events. Check out my webpage Things to Do - Bellingham to get some ideas.
When you look at Bellingham's National Rankings below, notice how Bellingham is ranked highly for both active young adults and for retirees. Not many cities attract that wide an age-range of population. Check out my related blog post regarding Where and When Will Americans Retire.
Bellingham attracts visitors, which means we have more services than you might see in the town of our size. Bellingham has a Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Costco, REI, etc.
Bellingham has a decent-sized airport: you might have to take a flight from Bellingham to Seattle to reach some of your destinations. But Bellingham-based airlines offer many direct flights to warm-weather locations, including several cities in California and Arizona, and occasionally in Hawaii. And there are plenty of other options, with direct national and international flights from Vancouver, Seattle & Paine Field in Everett.
Many people love the energy that comes from living in a town with a school of higher education. In addition, a wide age-range of the population enjoys cultural and sports events and some even attend classes on campus.
Bellingham is close to both Vancouver and Seattle. People love the idea of living in a smaller town, while having relatively easy access to the attractions and amenities of a larger town.
If you talk to anyone who has lived in Bellingham for more than 5 years, they will likely whine about the traffic. But the reality is our traffic is trivial, compared to cities to our south and north.
Bellingham has an impressive regional hospital, for three reasons. First, we have a lot of retirees in Bellingham, who need more medical services. Second, Canadians come down to Bellingham when their socialized medicine means they will have to wait longer than they want for care. Third, medical providers also want to live in Bellingham, so we are attracting medical talent.
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