Founded: January 16, 1857 |
Port Orchard, WA 98366
Kitsap County is named after Chief Kitsap of the
Suquamish tribe. As of 2007, the estimated population was 244,800. Its
county seat is at Port Orchard, and its largest city is
The United States Navy is of great importance to the county
because it is the largest employer in the county, with
installations at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Naval Undersea
Warfare Center Keyport, and Naval Base Kitsap (which
comprises former NSB Bangor, and NS Bremerton).
Kitsap County is connected to the eastern shore of Puget
Sound by Washington State Ferries runs from Bremerton to
Downtown Seattle , Southworth to West Seattle via Vashon
Island, Bainbridge Island to Downtown Seattle, and from
Kingston to Edmonds. In addition to occupying most of the
Kitsap Peninsula, Kitsap County includes both Bainbridge
Island and Blake Island.
Kitsap County was formed out of King County, Washington and
Jefferson County, Washington on January 16, 1857. Originally
named Slaughter County, it was soon renamed.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total
area of 566 square miles, of which, 396 square miles of it
is land and 170 square miles of it (30.04%) is water. The
population density is 585 per square mile.
- Bainbridge Island
- Port Orchard (County Seat)
- Port Orchard