Profile for Port Townsend, Washington, WA
Custom House, Port Townsend, WA
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Port Townsend is a city in Jefferson County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named for Townsend Bay, which was named for the Marquis of Townshend.
The latitude of Port Townsend is 48.117N. The longitude is -122.759W.
It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 131 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 8,685.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Port Townsend demographic reports
Port Townsend is on the Olympic Peninsula.
Locals refer to a sculpture behind the police station as "The Tidy Bowl."
Ranked No. 1 in the state, June 2001, in the ePodunk Historic Small Towns Index
Ranked No. 9 on 50 Best Places to Live list by Men's Journal magazine, 2002
Filming location for:
· 1999 movie, "Snow Falling on Cedars"
· 1982 movie, "An Officer and a Gentleman"
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
- Country Blues Festival - July 29-Aug. 5, 2007
- Jefferson County Fair - August 10-12, 2007
- Blues & Heritage Festival - Aug. 3-4, 2007
- Wooden Boat Festival - Sept. 7-9, 2007
- Victorian Festival - March 16-18, 2007
- Rhododendron Festival - May 14-21, 2007
- Film Festival - Sept. 28-30, 2007
Dates often change. Check Port Townsend web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation:
Anderson Lake State Park, Fort Worden State Park, Old Fort Townsend State Park
Historic sites and museums: Rothschild House, Museum of the Jefferson County Historical Society, Port Townsend Marine Science Center
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
The substantial Victorian homes of its lumber, fishing, and mercantile barons preside at the top of its sharp cliffs, looking down on the restored hotels and commercial buildings of its waterfront business street.
-- Around America
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Ancestry & family history
19% of Port Townsend residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Port Townsend ancestry & family history guide.
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Recommendations: Gallery Walk, sponsored by local galleries, studios and shops, takes place on the first Saturday evening of each month
Disability access & rights
At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Port Townsend was $22,395, compared with $21,587 nationally.
33% of Port Townsend residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Port Townsend festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Victorian Festival - M
- Jefferson County Fair - A
- Rhododendron Festival - M
- Blues & Heritage Festival - A
- Film Festival - S
- Wooden Boat Festival - S
- Country Blues Festival - J
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Historic districts in Port Townsend include Fort Flagler, Fort Worden, Irondale Historic District, Port Townsend Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Port Townsend, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $522. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,022.
Libraries in Port Townsend include Port Townsend Public Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Port Townsend include Port Townsend Leader
Jefferson County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Port Townsend political report.
The average commute time for Port Townsend workers is 18 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
Hotels in Port Townsend include Aladdin Inn Port Townsend, Palace Hotel.
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“ The substantial Victorian homes of its lumber, fishing, and mercantile barons preside at the top of its sharp cliffs, looking down on the restored hotels and commercial buildings of its waterfront business street. ”
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