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Poulsbo

Located on beautiful Liberty Bay and known as “Little Norway on the Fjord”, this enchanting Norwegian heritage town (population 11,180), has blossomed into a visitor destination filled with recreation, shopping, and dining opportunities. With its stunning water and mountain views Poulsbo is as rich in natural beauty as it is in authentic Scandinavian charm. Poulsbo’s historic downtown captivates visitors with its wonderful old murals, world famous bakeries, art galleries, boutiques and restaurants and beautiful waterfront park and boardwalk along Liberty Bay. Poulsbo celebrates it's Nordic heritage with the annual Viking Fest, Jule Fest and Tree Lighting celebrations. Poulsbo also hosts an annual Arts Festival, and 3rd of July Celebration over Liberty Bay.

Christmas window display in Poulsbo

Poulsbo’s charm, and natural beauty appeal to many visitors who, tempted by the good schools, distinct neighborhoods, and sense of community, soon become residents. Poulsbo’s leaders are progressive and forward-looking and are conscientiously working to balance the needs of a growing 21st century city while maintaining the Scandinavian heritage that has earned Poulsbo the nickname “Little Norway”.

Poulsbo

Population

Total Population

11,767

Population
Growth Rate

2.13%

Median Age

44

Diversity Index

45.700

Housing & Income

Households

4,986

Total Housing Units

5,191


Owner Occupied

3,549

Renter Occupied

1,437

Vacant

205

Median Home Value

$439,807


Average Home Value

$559,707

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

2.17%


Per Capita Income

2.66%

Income Projection

Median Household

$75,507 $84,568


Average Household

$93,556 $106,546


Per Capita

$39,891 $45,496

Workforce

Total Businesses

821

Total Employed

7,960

Workers 16+

5,014

2021 HealthCare/Social Assist

cp-industries

Businesses

131

Employed

1,591

2021 Retail Trade Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

131

Employed

1,130

2021 Accommodation/Food Service

cp-industries

Businesses

73

Employed

921

2021 Educational Services - Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

26

Employed

895

2021 Prof/Scientific/Tech Service

cp-industries

Businesses

84

Employed

867

2021 Food Service/Drinking Estab

cp-industries

Businesses

70

Employed

836

Some
High School

163

Graduated
High School

1,519

Associates
Degree

805

Bachelor's
Degree

2,246

Graduate
Degree

1,416

Average Commute Time

29 min.



Resident Commuters

4,325

Non-Resident Commuters

631

Drive Alone

3,877

Carpooled

431

Public

381

Work At Home

197