Poulsbo, WA
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Poulsbo 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 10,041 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Poulsbo is the 88th largest community in Washington.

Housing costs in Poulsbo 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.

Poulsbo is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 88.17% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Poulsbo is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Poulsbo who work in office and administrative support (13.56%), sales jobs (9.83%), and food service (9.80%).

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

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

Poulsbo 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, Poulsbo 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 education level of Poulsbo citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 35.23% of adults in Poulsbo have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Poulsbo in 2010 was $27,989, which is upper middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $111,956 for a family of four. However, Poulsbo contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Poulsbo is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Poulsbo home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Poulsbo residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Poulsbo also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.00% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Poulsbo include German, English, Norwegian, and Swedish.

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