Port Orchard is the county seat of Kitsap County, Washington. It is located 13 miles due west of West Seattle and connected to Seattle and Vashon Island via the Washington State Ferries run to Southworth. It is named after Port Orchard, the strait that separates Bainbridge Island from the Kitsap Peninsula.
As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 7,693.
==History== Port Orchard was officially incorporated on August 19, 1893.
Port Orchard is located at 47°31'54" North, 122°38'18" West (47.531563, -122.638405).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.7 km˛ (4.9 mi˛). 10.4 km˛ (4.0 mi˛) of it is land and 2.3 km˛ (0.9 mi˛) of it is water. The total area is 17.92% water.
== Demographics == As of the census of 2000, there are 7,693 people, 2,901 households, and 1,772 families residing in the city. The population density is 738.9/km˛ (1,912.1/mi˛). There are 3,178 housing units at an average density of 305.2/km˛ (789.9/mi˛). The racial makeup of the city is 82.22% White, 4.00% African American, 1.49% Native American, 3.69% Asian, 1.05% Pacific Islander, 1.38% from other races, and 6.16% from two or more races. 5.13% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 2,901 households out of which 34.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.5% are married couples living together, 16.0% have a female householder with no husband present, and 38.9% are non-families. 30.6% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.0% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.40 and the average family size is 2.99.
In the city the population is spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 13.2% from 18 to 24, 33.3% from 25 to 44, 16.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 31 years. For every 100 females there are 105.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 105.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $34,020, and the median income for a family is $41,946. Males have a median income of $33,610 versus $25,739 for females. The per capita income for the city is $16,382. 12.9% of the population and 10.9% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 17.2% of those under the age of 18 and 9.1% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
Web Sites and Links
City of Port OrchardOfficial municipal homepage. City officials, departments, agendas past and present, employment, quarterly newsletter, and links.
Community of Port OrchardOnline guide and information for Port Orchard. Part of the Kitsap Family of Virtual Communities.
Kitsap County Fire District 7Host to 16 fire stations. Community history, photo gallery, links to related fire organizations and departments.
Rodeo Drive In TheatreFamily-owned outdoor theater. Offers movie rates, show times, and synopses.