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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Port Townsend is located in Washington with a population of 9,315. Port Townsend is in Jefferson County and is one of the best places to live in Washington. Living in Port Townsend offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Port Townsend there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many retirees live in Port Townsend and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Port Townsend are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$298,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$917
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    39%
  • Own
    61%
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Port Townsend Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    197.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    31.2
    6.1
  • Rape
    52
    40.7
  • Robbery
    20.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    343.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,383.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    135.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    9%
  • 10-17 years
    7%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    8%
  • 35-44 years
    9%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    20%
  • 65+ years
    30%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    21%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    30%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in Port Townsend

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$50,330
National
$55,322

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Port Townsend Reviews

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CONSERVATIVE???? That is hilariously incorrect. Very much a lefty liberal community. Excellent member owned Food Co-op, excellent art scene, music, nature and library. Lots of access to organic food at the Farmer's Market too. Not diversified and an older community. Very warm, well educated community. Fabulous views and great access to beaches. Terrible place to find an affordable rental or well paying job. Wealth off retirees do well in this town especially if they like biking,golfing, music, art, writing, sailing, kayaking and hiking. Many festivals keep things lively.
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We visited this beautiful town last week while traveling in our RV. We enjoyed a great meal at Doc's and a walk thru the historic district....beautiful buildings and homes! We decided to take a golf cart tour to see more and learn more about the area. My husband was wearing an Alabama crimson tide shirt and we were greeted by 2 others by the, " ugh, they are from Alabama" ....we shrugged it off BUT what was truly infuriating was the local who was doing our tour had to make a political dig when my husband ask a question about a sign on a home....we were quickly told " this is not a Trump friendly town".... he hadn't indicated anything about our political views...I don't care who your political affiliation is, someone in tourism, representing your town shouldn't make guest feel uncomfortable and bring politics into a tour!!
This site claims that Port Townsend is "conservative" - WOW! I live here and it is not. It is so liberal that the County's Democratic Party folded because they were too conservative by wanting Hillary. This community is further to the left than mainstream democrats.