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Port Townsend, Washington - Basic Facts

The City of Port Townsend had a population of 9,638 as of July 1, 2016. Port Townsend ranks in the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Washington. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Port Townsend is located at latitude 48.1288 and longitude -122.7975 in Jefferson County. The formal boundaries for the City of Port Townsend (see map below) encompass a land area of 6.98 sq. miles and a water area of 2.48 sq. miles. Jefferson County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 131 feet.

The City of Port Townsend (GNIS ID: 2411468) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Washington is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Port Townsend is located within Discovery Bay-Port Townsend Division of Jefferson County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Port Townsend population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Port Townsend: Port Townshend.

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Port Townsend, WA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 9,638
Population in Households 9,479
Population in Familes 6,319
Population in Group Qrtrs 159
Population Density1 1,381
Diversity Index2 24


Total Households 4,722
Average Household Size 2.01
Family Households 2,405
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 5,534 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,902 (52.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,821 (32.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 812 (14.7%)
Median Home Value $311,705
Average Home Value $353,927


Median Household Income $43,628
Average Household Income $61,018
Per Capita Income $30,209
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.9% 0.86%
Households 0.62% 0.72%
Families 0.56% 0.68%
Median Household Income   2.66%
Per Capita Income   1.69%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Port Townsend, WA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Port Townsend to the other 627 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Washington by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 122 81st
Population Density1 # 219 65th
Diversity Index2 # 481 24th
Median Household Income # 459 27th
Per Capita Income # 229 64th

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