Most Bellingham residents work in sales, office, or administration support occupations. Known for being lush and green, Bellingham is still a lumber and paper mill town but has been transitioning towards new economy industries. Bellingham has sixteen elementary schools, four middle schools, and three high schools, four private schools, and three community colleges. It is also home to Western Washington University, as well as a few for-profit schools. Bellingham gets close to the national average of rainfall at 36 inches of rain per year and 12 inches of annual snowfall. The city sees about 157 sunny days in the year, with the July high temperature at 74 degrees and the average January low temperature at 30 degrees.

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Bellingham, Washington, is the largest city in and the county seat of Whatcom County, Washington. There are mostly residential single family homes, along with a number of condominiums, within a total area of 29 square miles. The city is known for its access to outdoor activities in the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades, as well as its proximity to Seattle and Vancouver, Canada.

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