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The City of Port Townsend had a population of 10,452 as of July 1, 2022. 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 48.117 and longitude -122.7604 in Jefferson County. The formal boundaries for the City of Port Townsend 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 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Port Townsend: Port Townshend.

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Port Townsend, WA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2022)


Total Population 10,452 (100%)
Population in Households 10,185 (97.4%)
Population in Families 6,729 (64.4%)
Population in Group Quarters1 267 ( 2.6%)
Population Density 1,506
Diversity Index2 30


Median Household Income $62,822
Average Household Income $107,384
% of Income for Mortgage4 31%
Per Capita Income $53,975
Wealth Index5 119


Total HU (Housing Units) 5,779 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,172 (54.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,074 (35.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 533 ( 9.2%)
Median Home Value $373,463
Average Home Value $441,940
Housing Affordability Index3 79


Total Households 5,246
Average Household Size 1.94
Family Households 2,630
Average Family Size 3.00
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2020-2022 2022-2027
Population 1.32% 0.72%
Households 1.07% 0.70%
Families   0.76%
Median Household Income   3.93%
Per Capita Income   2.77%
Owner Occupied HU   1.27%

Port Townsend, WA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Port Townsend to the other 639 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Washington by rank and percentile using July 1, 2022 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 # 126 80th
Population Density # 208 68th
Median Household Income # 434 32nd
Housing Affordability Index # 150 23rd
Per Capita Income # 111 83rd
Diversity Index # 535 16th

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