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Bellingham falls in the middle of the pack in this ranking

You know how Bellingham always seems to do well on those top 10 rankings that rate cities as most livable, most bicycle friendly, most subdued, etc.?

Well, the website - two bloggers who crunch a wide variety of data about U.S. cities - has rated the worst cities in Washington state. And Bellingham came in at No. 53, right between Lacey (52) and Lake Stevens (54).

The site ranked cities with a population of more than 10,000 people, so only two other Whatcom County cities made the list - Ferndale is ranked No. 69, and Lynden is No. 79, out of a total of 110.

To create the rankings, came up with several criteria, then ranked cities according to which ones had the least amount of several factors: good education, lots of jobs, low crime rates, great weather, high incomes, high population density (which they translate as “lots of things to do”), short work commutes and houses that aren’t vacant and boarded up.

The following are the worst, not-so-evergreen places in Washington:

1. Centralia

2. Bremerton

3. Kelso

4. Port Orchard

5. Aberdeen

6. Port Angeles

7. Longview

8. Parkland

9. Lakewood

10. Bainbridge Island