Ferndale, Washington

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Ferndale is a city in Whatcom County, Washington, United States. The population was 8,758 at the 2000 census.



Ferndale was officially incorporated on March 19, 1907. It is so called because of the ferns that once grew around the original school house. Ferndale was originally called Jam because the town was located next to a log jam on the Nooksack River. The original schoolteacher decided it needed a more picturesque name.


Ferndale is located at 48°50′48″N 122°35′23″W / 48.84667°N 122.58972°W / 48.84667; -122.58972 (48.846670, -122.589720).[5]

The city has a total area of 6.3 square miles (16.2 km²), of which 6.2 square miles (16.1 km²) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) (0.80%) is water.



As of the census[2] of 2009, there were 11,681 people, 3,901 households, and 2,303 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,409.1 people per square mile (543.6/km²). There were 3,292 housing units at an average density of 529.7/sq mi (204.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 84.85% White, 0.82% African American, 2.56% Native American, 2.43% Asian, 0.25% Pacific Islander, 5.31% from other races, and 3.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.02% of the population.

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