Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Whatcom County, WA

Goal 5: Cultivate an economy that values diversity, equity, and inclusion for all.


Working poor in Whatcom County

This series of four graphics shows the percent of working poor. The first two show the percentage of all working poor and full time working poor ($25,000). The second set show all working poor and full time working poor at 2x the rate of the federal level ($50,000).

Figure 4 shows that in 2019, among all workers in all racial/ethnic groups, 19% of Native American workers were working full-time and living below 200% of the poverty level compared to 6% of white workers.

The percentage of all workers ages 25-64 who are "working poor," defined as both (1) working full-time and (2) having a family income below the indicated federal poverty threshold based on family size and composition. The federal poverty threshold in 2019 for a family of four with two children was about $25,000 per year (thus, 200% of the federal poverty threshold was about $50,000).

ALICE Households

Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) families continue to face serious economic burdens, with two of the highest costs being housing and childcare.

Homeownership by race in Whatcom County

Differences in homeownership between groups is also a source of inequality. In 2019, Latino households had the lowest homeownership rate at 38% and white households had the highest homeownership rate at 64%.

The percentage of households that are owner-occupied. Data for 2010 and 2019 represent five-year averages (e.g. 2015-2019).

Racial equity in income in Whatcom County

Racial equity in income would benefit the entire county. If there had been no racial gaps in income, the Whatcom, WA GDP would have been about $691 million larger in 2019 alone.

Actual and projected income and gross domestic product (GDP) gains under a scenario of racial equity in income and employment for the population age 16 or older. Data for 2010 and 2019 represent five-year averages (e.g. 2015-2019).

About the Data

All data come from the National Equity Atlas and IPUMS USA.