Poulsbo is a somewhat small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Washington. With a population of 11,891 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Poulsbo is the 85th largest community in Washington.
Housing costs in Poulsbo are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Washington.
Poulsbo is home to a number of people employed in the armed forces. When you visit or walk around Poulsbo, some of the people you will bump into will be military people In and out of uniform, jogging, shopping and generally out and about town.
Of important note, Poulsbo is also a city of artists. Poulsbo has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Poulsbo’s character.
Also of interest is that Poulsbo has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 13.76% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.
Poulsbo is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
Even though Poulsbo 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.
Poulsbo is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 43.10% of adults in Poulsbo have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.
The per capita income in Poulsbo in 2018 was $42,950, which is upper middle income relative to Washington, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $171,800 for a family of four. However, Poulsbo contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Poulsbo is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Poulsbo home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Poulsbo residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Poulsbo also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.41% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Poulsbo include German, Irish, English, Norwegian, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Poulsbo is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Scandinavian languages.