Bremerton, WA
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Bremerton 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 39,520 people and 22 constituent neighborhoods, Bremerton is the 26th largest community in Washington.

The armed forces are a huge part of the life in Bremerton, employing 11.34% of the workforce. While it is a military town, the civilian sector still plays an important role in the local economy, where the Healthcare and Retail industries employ 13.34% and 12.64% of the civilian workforce, respectively.

Also of interest is that Bremerton has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

A relatively large number of people in Bremerton telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.90% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

Bremerton 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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Bremerton use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Bremerton‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding a ferryboat. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

In terms of college education, Bremerton is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 19.41% of adults 25 and older in Bremerton have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Bremerton in 2010 was $24,451, which is middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $97,804 for a family of four. However, Bremerton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Bremerton is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Bremerton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Bremerton residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Bremerton also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.69% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Bremerton include Irish, English, Norwegian, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Bremerton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.