Located in Central Puget Sound, Kitsap offers the perfect combination of small town community and easy access to Seattle’s urban culture and commerce – without the gridlock and high prices!
An active community of 253,900 located six miles west of Seattle across Puget Sound, Kitsap County covers most of the scenic Kitsap Peninsula and boasts 236 miles of saltwater shoreline, towering forests and scenic views of the Cascade and Olympic Mountains.
Vibrant communities brimming with tempting boutiques, restaurants and art galleries, combined with award-winning golf courses, parks and botanical gardens, marinas and beaches, world-class kayaking, cycling, running and mountain biking trails and popular community events give Kitsap a distinct personality that’s nothing short of irresistible!
Kitsap enjoys top-rated health care, excellent educational, a major retail hub, rich and varied cultural and recreational opportunities, low crime rates, incredible waterfront estates, and distinct communities tucked into the numerous waterfront ‘landings’.
Proud Navy heritage
Kitsap was an evergreen forest notched by a few waterfront sawmills until Puget Sound Naval Shipyard was founded and Bremerton was incorporated next door, in 1891. That established a pattern of development: naval bases and waterfront villages. Kitsap boomed during World War II, then boomed again in the 1970’s as Submarine Base Bangor (now part of Naval Base Kitsap) was established on the western shore of the peninsula. Migration to Kitsap County remains steady with a 8.3% population increase from 2000—2010.
Outdoor recreation a part of the lifestyle
Perhaps a clean environment and an active, outdoors-oriented lifestyle have something to do with that. Meet a Kitsap resident, and you probably are meeting a backpacker, angler, skier, boater, sea kayaker, mountain climber, bicyclist, golfer, sailor, camper, gardener, or participant in some other fresh-air pastime. With the waters of Puget Sound at every turn and the million-acre Olympic National Park an easy drive to the west, outdoor recreation is simply a part of the lifestyle.
Cultural life varied
The strong cultural influences of the Suquamish and Port Gamble S’Klallam tribes is integral to the Kitsap Peninsula. Suquamish is the ancestral home of the great Chief Seattle and hosts the annual Chief Seattle Days festival in his honor. Another cultural highlight is the annual Tribal Canoe Journey, a gathering of 90 Northwest Native tribes with scheduled landings in Suquamish and Port Gamble. The Suquamish Clearwater Casino and Resort and The Point Casino offer a wide variety of entertainment options and are major economic drivers in the County.
Artists, artisans, authors and musicians, many with international reputations, enrich the community. Community theater is a strong force, as is the Bremerton Symphony Orchestra. The remodeled 1940’s art-deco Admiral Theatre has pumped even more entertainment opportunities into the area. Kitsap is home to numerous art galleries, two beautiful new museums, The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art and the Suquamish Museum and Cultural Center, and the Naval Undersea Museum.
A relaxing 30- to 55- minute ferry ride away, Seattle is one of America’s liveliest playgrounds. Kitsap residents have a special advantage when they entertain themselves in Seattle; at the end of the day, they can sail home to a tranquil Kitsap County. For more information on recreational opportunities in Kitsap go to: www.visitkitsap.com.