Port Orchard, WA

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Living in Port Orchard

Port Orchard 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 14,597 people and 12 constituent neighborhoods, Port Orchard is the 75th largest community in Washington.

Port Orchard is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Port Orchard is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Port Orchard who work in management occupations (9.20%), sales jobs (9.15%), and food service (8.12%).

Port Orchard is home to a number of people employed in the armed forces. When you visit or walk around Port Orchard, 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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.26% 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.

Port Orchard 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 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 is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 27.14% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Port Orchard in 2018 was $30,532, 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 $122,128 for a family of four. However, Port Orchard contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Port Orchard is an extremely 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 11.31% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Port Orchard include German, Irish, English, Norwegian, and French.

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