Kitsap County is located in Western Washington on the Kitsap Peninsula. It is bordered by Jefferson County to the northwest, Mason County to the southwest, Pierce County to the south/southeast, King County to the east/southeast and Snohomish County to the east. Kitsap County is connected to the eastern shore of the Puget Sound via multiple Washington State Ferry routes. It is made up of multiple cities including Bremerton and Silverdale (central), Port Orchard (south), and Poulsbo (north). It also includes Bainbridge and Blake Islands. According to the United States Census Bureau its population as of 2010 was 251,133 with a total land area of 394.94 square miles, and 170 square miles of water. The population per square mile of land is approximately 635. Geographically the county has over 250 miles of saltwater shoreline, with multiple inlets and bays. (http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/53/53035.html)
The United States Navy is the largest employer in the county with multiple bases or installations including the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Naval Base Kitsap (Naval Submarine Base Bangor) and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport. The Naval facilities compromise 35.7 % of the workforce totaling 50% of the wages. The total number of firms including private, farming and non-farming is greater than 20,000. The education breakdown of the county contains 93% high school graduates and 28.7% have a Bachelor’s degree or higher. The per capita income is $30,913, with the average persons per household at 2.51 and a medial household income of $61,112. The unemployment rate is 6.8% and 9.8% at or below poverty level.
The housing market has accumulated an estimated 108,364 units, including 96,683 households. The homeownership rate is 67.7% with a median value of owner occupied housing units of $284,300. (, 2013, p. 2)
Kitsap County is relatively homogenous in race, 84% White alone, 3 %...