Kitsap County’s business climate is as healthy as our environment. Local chambers of commerce, economic development officials, and local leaders in government work diligently with key agencies to
ensure permitting, processing, licensing, and taxes are minimal, expedited, and equitable. Our county has a skilled workforce of approximately 125,000, of whom roughly 35% commute to jobs in the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan centers. Local jobs are found in approximately 119,000 non-agricultural positions covered by unemployment insurance, and in thousands of other sole proprietorships.
About 1/2 of these non-agricultural jobs are military, federal civil service, and private sector defense contractor primary jobs* or secondary support services jobs. They directly or indirectly support major Navy installations, including the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) and IMF (Intermediate Maintenance Facility), Naval Base Kitsap, Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Keyport, and Naval Hospital Bremerton.
|Eagle Harbor, Bainbridge with Mt Rainier shown in background|
Simply put, Kitsap County is a better way to work. We have cutting edge fiber optic telecommunications, providing easy data delivery, telecommuting, VOIP and more. Our location in the central Puget Sound allows easy access to air, shipping, and rail lines. Kitsap has a great workforce, uncongested internal roadways, and desirable locations and communities for businesses and individuals to call home.
*Economist definition of a primary job: A job, the predominant output of which, in terms of product or service, is consumed outside the county.