Port Townsend, WA


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Port Townsend 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 9,335 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Port Townsend is the 90th largest community in Washington.

Housing costs in Port Townsend are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Washington.

Port Townsend is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.62% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Port Townsend is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Port Townsend who work in management occupations (11.22%), office and administrative support (10.93%), and sales jobs (8.56%).

Of important note, Port Townsend is also a city of artists. Port Townsend has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Port Townsend’s character.

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

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 12.16% 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 Townsend 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.

One of the benefits of Port Townsend is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.46 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

The education level of Port Townsend ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Port Townsend, 46.13% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Port Townsend in 2010 was $28,965, which is upper middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $115,860 for a family of four. However, Port Townsend contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Port Townsend home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Port Townsend residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Port Townsend include English, Irish, Swedish, and Norwegian.

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

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