LIVING IN PORT ORCHARD
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 13,997 people and 12 constituent neighborhoods, Port Orchard is the 75th largest community in Washington.
The armed forces are a huge part of the life in Port Orchard, employing 6.14% of the workforce. While it is a military town, the civilian sector still plays an important role in the local economy, where the Retail and Healthcare industries employ 22.38% and 15.51% 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.
One of the nice things about Port Orchard 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.
Even though Port Orchard is a smaller city, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly a ferryboat for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.
The percentage of people in Port Orchard who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 26.53% of adults in Port Orchard have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Port Orchard in 2010 was $30,519, which is upper middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $122,076 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 German, Irish, English, European, and Norwegian.
The most common language spoken in Port Orchard is English. Other important languages spoken here include Tagalog and Spanish.
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