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Overview

Introduction to Bremerton, Washington

Bremerton is situated along the Kitsap Peninsula in the Puget Sound area in Kitsap County. Seattle can be reached by an hour long ferry ride that transports vehicles as well as walking passengers. The town is divided by the Port Washington Narrows. The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard is located in Bremerton. The fine arts scene is recognized as one of the biggest and most noteworthy in the Northwest Region. The Gold Mountain Golf Complex has been rated as one of the premier public golf courses in the United States.

History

During the mid-1880s the logging and timber industry was the primary factor for the economy. In 1888 the U.S. Navy concluded that Point Turner, situated between the waters of Sinclair and Dyes Inlets would be a great location for the shipyard they planned to build in the Pacific Northwest. The Navy purchased land and constructed the Puget Sound Navy Yard. Due to the Bremerton waterfront being filled with prostitution, sailors being robbed, opium houses and saloons, Navy Secretary Charles Darling moved the shipyard to California in 1902. After the city revoked the liquor licenses Darling decided to return the shipyard to Bremerton.

During World War I the manufacturing of submarines and the construction of another dry dock significantly expanded the workforce in the area. The large increase in population during World War II can be attributed to the vast amount of shipbuilding and repair and maintenance services that were provided. However, a vast number of the workers were living there on a temporary basis and vacated the region by 1950.

Transportation

The city is served by Kitsap Transit.

Attractions

  • Evergreen Waterfront Park
  • Nearby Manette feature numerous antique shops and waterfront dining opportunities
  • Evergreen Children's Theatre & Aurora Valentinetti Puppet Museum showcases a wide variety of theatrical puppets
  • Aircraft Carrier Row
  • Jarstad Park
  • Kitsap County Historical Museum
  • Bremerton Harborside & Louis Mentor Waterfront Boardwalk
  • The Bremerton Naval Museum features Japanese sword collections and Russian uniforms
  • USS Turner Joy Historic Ship Tours
  • Elandan Gardens features a prominent Bonsai Garden
  • Suquamish Clearwater Casino
  • Harborside Fountain Park
  • Admiral Theatre
  • Kitsap Conference Center Plaza
  • Bainbridge Island Winery
  • Kitsap Classic Cycling Museum showcases famous bicycles from the sport of cycling

Events

  • First Friday Arts Walk
  • Armed Forces Festival
  • All City Arts Walk
  • Kitsap County Fair and Stampede Rodeo
  • Bremerton Blackberry Festival
  • Winterfest
  • Lighted Boat Parade

People

Total Population 39,017
Male Share of the Population 53.7%
Female Share of the Population 46.3%
Senior Citizens 12.4%
Employed Population 16+ 19,186
Age of the Population 32

Families

% of people married 35.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $55,533
% Above Poverty Level 78.5%
% Below Poverty Level 21.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 7.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 15.6%
% Using Public Transportation 9.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 39.2%
Median Gross Rent $870
Median House Value $178,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 34.9%
US/American 0.2%
English 9.1%
Irish 14.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Bremerton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 14 miles W of Seattle, Washington
County Kitsap
Standard Zip Codes 98310, 98311, 98312, 98337
Company Zip Codes 98314
Phone Area Codes 360
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 47.567
Longitude -122.631

Bremerton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station BREMERTON
Distance 2.4 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 45 F
Apr Temp 41 to 59 F
Jul Temp 54 to 75 F
Oct Temp 44 to 60 F
Annual Precip 53.9 inches
Station SEATTLE TACOMA AP
Distance 16.3 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 46 F
Apr Temp 42 to 58 F
Jul Temp 55 to 75 F
Oct Temp 46 to 60 F
Annual Precip 37 inches
Station KENT
Distance 20.7 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 47 F
Apr Temp 42 to 61 F
Jul Temp 55 to 77 F
Oct Temp 44 to 62 F
Annual Precip 39.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Bremerton, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Brem (98312)

Brownsville (98310)

Camp Union (98312)

Chico (98312)

Crosby (98310)

East Bremerton (98310)

Enetai (98312)

Erlands Point (98312)

Gilberton (98310)

Gorst (98337)

Holly (98312)

Kitsap Lake (98312)

Meadowdale (98310)

Rocky Point (98312)

Sheridan Park (98311, 98310)

West Hills (98312)

West Park (98312)

Wildcat Lake (98312)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bainbridge Island 23,343 $121,940
Burien 49,785 $64,546
Normandy Park 6,568 $114,875
Port Orchard 13,004 $76,067
Poulsbo 9,588 $74,309
Seattle 653,017 $102,832

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Bremerton Hospitals

HARRISON MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
2520 CHERRY AVENUE
(360) 377-3911
Emergency Service: Yes

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BREMERTON HIGH SCHOOL
1500 13TH STREET
360-478-6033
A Title I School.
Serves 1,195 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.1

OLYMPIC HIGH SCHOOL
7070 STAMPEDE BLVD NW
360-692-3180
Serves 1,137 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.7

RENAISSANCE HIGH SCHOOL
3400 1ST STREET
360-478-5187
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Serves 217 students.

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7050 TIBARDIS RDNW
360-692-3258
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Serves 69 students.

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1500 13TH STREET
360-478-5135
Serves 2 students.

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