Find out what the numbers tell us about Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. The Seattle Times' FYI Guy, Gene Balk, and other contributors comb data sets to look at the numbers behind news topics -- especially those that offer insight into the quality of life and cost of living in the Seattle area.

Forget about the Cougs and Dawgs: Bellingham is our state's best college town, according to this list

The Port of Bellingham waterfront project includes 170 acres of central waterfront to be redeveloped after the Georgia Pacific pulp mill closed down 20 years ago.

Photographed on October 24, 2018. 207561

Bellingham — aka the “City of Subdued Excitement” — not only ranked best in our state; it also placed ninth in the nation, according to the analysis.

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