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.
Unlike some cities, Port Orchard isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Port Orchard are a mix of both white- and blue-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%).
There are many members of the armed forces living in Port Orchard. You will notice when you visit or live here that some of the people you meet or see around town are employed by the armed services - even if they are not always in uniform.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.26% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
Despite being a small city, Port Orchard has a lot of people using a ferryboat to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on a ferryboat are using it to get to good jobs in other 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.