Port Orchard, WA
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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 13,607 people and 12 constituent neighborhoods, Port Orchard is the 75th largest community in Washington.

Port Orchard is a military town: the armed forces employs 8.09% of the workforce, making the military a major focus of life in the city. In the civilian sector, Retail and Healthcare are important in the local economy and are the city’s largest civilian employers, employing 18.37% and 17.42% of the civilian workforce respectively.

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

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.

Despite being a small city, Port Orchard has a lot of people using the bus to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the bus are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

The population of Port Orchard overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Port Orchard, 24.74% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Port Orchard in 2010 was $27,877, which is upper middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $111,508 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. Important ancestries of people in Port Orchard include Irish, English, Norwegian, and European.

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