Port Orchard, WA Education and City Information

The first city incorporated in Kitsap County, Port Orchard is near a variety of colleges and universities offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Find out more about this city, including its population, attractions and schools.

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About Port Orchard, WA

Port Orchard is located on Sinclair Inlet just west of Seattle. The city has 13,266 residents, as of 2014 U.S. census estimates. It is the county seat of Kitsap County, which is the 3rd most densely populated county in Washington. Port Orchard, WA, has a household median income of $55,521, based on 2010-2014 census data, which is just below the state's median income rate of $60,294.

Port Orchard and the Kitsap peninsula are known for gorgeous waterfront scenery. Kitsap is a choice recreational destination for Seattle and Tacoma residents. The area is filled with waterfront parks and offers plenty of camping and water sports activities.

Port Orchard enjoys a mild climate similar to Seattle's and the whole Puget Sound Region. July highs hover around 75 degrees, while January lows average about 35 degrees. Annual rainfall is nearly 52 inches, and snowfall is about 8 inches per year.


While Port Orchard doesn't have any colleges within its city limits, it is within commuting distance of more than 50 colleges, universities, technical institutes and specialty schools. The Seattle campus of the University of Washington is about 18 miles away. It is ranked the 52nd best national university, according to 2016 rankings from U.S. News & World Report. Nearly 31,000 undergraduate students attend this university.

Other 4-year schools in the area include Olympic College in Bremerton, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University and City University of Seattle. Antioch University is located in Seattle. Primarily a graduate-level school, it offers programs in education, counseling and psychology to about 809 students.

About 10 2-year schools are found in the area around Port Orchard, including Seattle Community College, Seattle Central College, Shoreline Community College and Highline Community College.


Port Orchard is a suburb of Seattle, and many of its residents commute to jobs in the metro area. According to 2012 census data, retail trade had the highest number of employed persons, with 1,181 jobs. Health care and social assistance had 1,061 jobs.

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