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Port Orchard, WA
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Port Orchard profile

Living in Port Orchard

Port Orchard is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Washington. With a population of 17,089 people and 13 associated neighborhoods, Port Orchard is the 71st largest community in Washington. Port Orchard has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Port Orchard, where the median household income is $82,650.00.

Port Orchard is a military town: the armed forces employs 6.18% of the workforce, making the military a major focus of life in the city. In the civilian sector, Healthcare and Manufacturing are important in the local economy and are the city’s largest civilian employers, employing 17.34% and 16.26% of the civilian workforce respectively.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.72% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

One of the nice things about Port Orchard is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

Even though Port Orchard is a smaller city, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly a ferryboat for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

The overall education level of Port Orchard citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 31.69% of adults in Port Orchard have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Port Orchard in 2022 was $38,364, which is middle income relative to Washington, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $153,456 for a family of four. However, Port Orchard contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Port Orchard is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Port Orchard home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Port Orchard residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Port Orchard also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.24% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Port Orchard include German, English, Irish, European, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Port Orchard is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.