Bellingham, Wash.

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Bellingham has been described as a smaller, slightly less-eccentric Portland, Ore. The little city maintains a laid-back, environmentally conscious vibe. The beautiful area is rich in arts and entertainment venues, with an abundance of downtown eateries, coffee shops, food co-ops, and outdoorsy activities complete with intra-urban trails. The labor market conditions are far from ideal, and rents are high. Bellingham’s double-digit youth unemployment rates are the highest of our entire top 75 metros.

#20 Bellingham, Wash.

POPULATION: 208,832
STUDENTS: 24,926
RANKING DETAIL:
#16 COLLEGE EDUCATED
#9 DIVERSITY

Quality of life

#10 CITY ACCESS
#4 ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
#14 BARS AND RESTAURANTS

Economics

#20 YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
#11 LABOR FORCE
#15 INNOVATION
#20 RENT

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