Located 15 miles north of Bellingham and 5 miles south of the Canadian border is Lynden, Washington. Lynden is a large valley, formed by the Nooksack River, and much of the surrounding land includes large dairy and berry farms. In almost every measure, from the topography of the land to the developments, the rural property, to the culture, Lynden offers a completely different lifestyle compared to Bellingham.
Lynden is now best known for its Dutch heritage. Dutch settlers were attracted to Lynden near the turn of the century for its attractive farm land. To this day, many of the most influential families and businesses share Dutch roots.
This is a picturesque town, with old charm on the main street, nice restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, and a small-town feel. Lynden is home to the Northwest Washington Fair, which attracts nearly 200,000 attendees every August.
Lynden’s housing is primarily single-family neighborhoods. From the turn-of-the-century homes near downtown to a mix of planned residential developments that have continued to expand the suburban footprint of Lynden. One of the biggest developments is Homestead, which is home to condos, single-family homes, and the Homestead Golf Course. Moving out from the suburbs, Lynden offers farmland, with a major commercial industry. The Lynden area is one of the top producers of raspberries in the country. Lynden even has a Raspberry Festival every July.
Lynden neighborhoods offer a culture of pride of ownership. The city actually has bylaws that require lawns to be maintained, and so it’s rare to see a front yard that is not in good shape. Another key element of this community is Christianity-most of the city partially shuts down on Sundays. Lynden has one of the highest numbers of churches per capita in the country. Lynden also offers the lowest crime rates of any city in Whatcom County.