A lot of people love Bellingham, but if I had known what I know now, I would not have moved here. Too few housing options, way too expensive for what you get. I can't even imagine trying to live here on less than $75,000 a year. (Roomates? No thanks.) As more and more people get sick of Seattle and the Bay Area, prices are only going to go up. A century of extractive industry has been replaced by gentrification. Not sure which is worse. In terms of community, I have found most people to be friendly, if weird at times. I like the emphasis on environmentally conscious living but feel like a lot of it is being cancelled out by the area's high growth rate. I am liberal on many issues but would hesitate to express any conservative opinions in Bellingham. For all the talk of diversity, it is incredibly lacking in racial diversity or diversity of thought. Western Washington University has a pretty campus but is a fairly undistinguished regional school without much ambition. Incredibly dreary weather. If you're thinking about moving here, be aware that Seasonal Affective Disorder is a very real problem. I can handle the winters myself, but what I didn't realize I'd have to deal with is other people feeling down for six months out of the year. I get really tired of that. The summers, I'll admit, are awesome. Fantastic hiking and kayaking. And there are some great breweries. Are those things worth paying double or triple for mediocre housing? For me, they aren't.