|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|• Mayor||Gary Jensen|
|• City Council||Cathy Watson, Melvin Hansen, Keith Olson, Paul Ingram, Jon Mutchler, Lloyd ZImmerman, Brent Goodrich|
|• Total||6.69 sq mi (17.33 km2)|
|• Land||6.61 sq mi (17.12 km2)|
|• Water||0.08 sq mi (0.21 km2)|
|Elevation||36 ft (11 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||11,998|
|• Density||1,726.9/sq mi (666.8/km2)|
|Time zone||Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|GNIS feature ID||1512205|
First settled in 1872, Ferndale was given its name 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 was officially incorporated on March 19, 1907.
As of 2010 the median household income in the city was $52,831, and the median income for a family was $64,638. Males had a median income of $47,917 versus $37,447 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,837. About 13.3% of families and 16.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.2% of those under age 18 and 7.3% of those age 65 or over.
As of the census of 2010, there were 11,415 people, 4,210 households, and 3,025 families residing in the city. The Washington state Office of Financial Management estimated for its April 1 annual population estimate that Ferndale had grown to 12,290 residents in 2013.
The population density was 1,726.9 inhabitants per square mile (666.8 /km2). There were 4,428 housing units at an average density of 669.9 per square mile (258.6 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 83.1% White, 1.0% African American, 2.6% Native American, 3.6% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 5.2% from other races, and 4.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.0% of the population.
There were 4,210 households of which 40.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.7% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 28.1% were non-families. 22.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.20.
The median age in the city was 34.2 years. 29.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.2% were from 25 to 44; 24% were from 45 to 64; and 10.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.6% male and 51.4% female.
Originally, Ferndale's economy was based on timber, and shortly after, agriculture of the surrounding land. Dairy processing was a significant employer for the town, and the old Carnation dairy plant has since been converted to offices. The construction of the Ferndale Refinery west of town in the 1950s caused a population boom in the town. The Cherry Point Refinery was constructed to the northwest in the 1970s.
- Downtown Trick or Treat in October
- Community Wide Garage Sale (Always the First Saturday of May)
- May 2011 Ferndale Business Expo
- Annual Citywide Cleanup - Headquartered at City Hall, hosted by the Ferndale Downtown Association (a Saturday in May)
- Chamber of Commerce 'Street Festival' & 'Music Festival' (Held the last weekend of August)
- Old Settlers Picnic, Grand Parade, 5k race (last weekend in July every year)
Ferndale has the following sister city relationship:
Notable people from Ferndale
- Doug Pederson - Offensive Coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs
- Michael Koenen - Current punter for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Dennis Erickson - Head football coach at Arizona State
- Daran Norris - actor, most notably for voice work and a recurring role on the television series Veronica Mars
- Jesse Brand - Songwriter for Broadcast Music Incorporated, Nashville Recording Artist, Actor in the ABC musical drama series Nashville
- Richard Bergholtz - Los Angeles Times reporter who was supposedly the object of Richard Nixon’s famous 1962 comment "You won't have Nixon to kick around anymore." Bergholz's first job as a reporter was in Ferndale.
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- Sam Taylor (April 28, 2008). "Ferndale Skatepark lightning rod volunteer also manning anti-school bond campaign". The Bellingham Herald. Retrieved 2008-10-18.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Ferndale - Census 2010". Spokane Spokesman Review. Retrieved 2011-03-05.
- Majors, Harry M. (1975). Exploring Washington. Van Winkle Publishing Co. p. 20. ISBN 978-0-918664-00-6.
- "Ferndale Chamber of Commerce".
- "Ferndale Chamber of Commerce".
- "Ferndale Business Expo".
- "Whatcom County Old Settlers Association".
- "Sister Relationships".
- "Richard Bergholz, target of Nixon's ire, dies at age 83".
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ferndale, Washington.|
- City of Ferndale Website
- Ferndale Chamber of Commerce
- Ferndale School District
- Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism
- Whatcom County Library System, serving Ferndale and surrounding areas