Bellingham, Washington has unbelievable natural scenery from Puget Sound on the west and Mount Baker to the east. Bellingham was rated the #2 City & Metropolitan area in the country in "Cities Ranked and Rated." Located on the northwestern coast of Washington, this city of 79,000 (180,000 in the Metro area) has several colleges and Western Washington University with 14,000 students. Bellis Fair Mall is a large mall that attracts many shoppers from Canada. There is a functional downtown and an active redevelopment plan for the waterfront.