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.

Unlike some cities, Poulsbo isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Poulsbo are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. 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 sales jobs (13.55%), office and administrative support (10.20%), and management occupations (9.17%).

There are quite a few people in the armed forces living in Poulsbo, and when you visit or drive around town, you will see military people in and out of uniform, shopping, enjoying life, and being part of the community.

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.

One of the nice things about Poulsbo is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

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%): 34.54% of adults in Poulsbo have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Poulsbo in 2010 was $27,714, which is upper middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $110,856 for a family of four. However, Poulsbo contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Poulsbo is a very 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 13.61% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Poulsbo include Irish, English, Norwegian, and Swedish.

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