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.

Bremerton is a military town: the armed forces employs 12.42% of the workforce, making the military a major focus of life in the city. In the civilian sector, Healthcare and Public Service are important in the local economy and are the city’s largest civilian employers, employing 14.00% and 11.98% 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 7.31% 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.

One of the nice things about Bremerton 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.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Bremerton is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking a ferryboat. For Bremerton, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

The education level of Bremerton citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 20.49% of adults 25 and older in Bremerton have a college degree.

The per capita income in Bremerton in 2010 was $25,561, 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 $102,244 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 10.67% 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.