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Port Townsend, Washington - Basic Facts

The City of Port Townsend had a population of 9,734 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Port Townsend: Port Townshend.

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Port Townsend, WA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 9,734
Daytime Population: Workers 5,992
Daytime Population: Residents 5,626
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 11,618
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.19
Population in Households 9,611
Population in Familes 6,386
Population in Group Qrtrs 123
Population Density2 1,395
Diversity Index3 24


Median Household Income $46,569
Average Household Income $63,248
Per Capita Income $31,716


Total Housing Units 5,537 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,972 (53.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,875 (33.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 690 (12.5%)
Median Home Value $304,229
Average Home Value $362,197


Total Households 4,847
Average Household Size 1.98
Family Households 2,470
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.91% 0.96%
Households 0.89% 0.97%
Families 0.86% 0.95%
Median Household Income   1.94%
Per Capita Income   1.9%

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, 2017 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 Density # 218 65th
Diversity Index # 491 22nd
Median Household Income # 451 28th
Per Capita Income # 233 63rd

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