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Port Townsend, Washington

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Welcome to Port Townsend ...

The coastal city of Port Townsend is located at the north end of the Olympic Peninsula (on the Juan De Fuca Strait).

Port Townsend is located in Jefferson County<1> and is the County Seat for Jefferson County.

A typical abbreviation for Port Townsend: Prt. Townsend

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Port Townsend has a population of 9,867 people<2> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Port Townsend.

The community of Port Townsend is 30 feet [9 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Port Townsend lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

Port Townsend lies within the (360) area code.

The ZIP code for Port Townsend: 98368<4>

Websites for Port Townsend ...

Official Website:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Port Townsend had an population of 9,867 people. This is an increase of 8.27% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 18.39% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Port Townsend had a population of 9,113 people (which is 30.51% of the total population of Jefferson County). This makes Port Townsend the county's most populous community.

The population of Port Townsend represents 0.14% of the total population of Washington (which has 6,724,540 people), making it the state's 84th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 9,113 people, the population of Port Townsend increased 9.35% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 8,334 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Port Townsend.

Communities near Port Townsend ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Port Townsend.

  • Oak Harbor [Island County]
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    • Oak Harbor [Island County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<5> to the northeast of Port Townsend
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 23,643 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oak Harbor
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Oak Harbor<6>
  • Sequim [Clallam County]
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    • Sequim [Clallam County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<5> to the west of Port Townsend
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,780 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sequim<6>
  • Stanwood [Snohomish County]
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    • Stanwood [Snohomish County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the northeast of Port Townsend
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,571 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Stanwood<6>
  • Coupeville [Island County]
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    • Coupeville [Island County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<5> to the northeast of Port Townsend
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,994 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Coupeville<6>
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    • Langley [Island County]
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      • Langley [Island County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the east of Port Townsend
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,148 people
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Langley<6>
    • Adelma Beach [Jefferson County]
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      • Adelma Beach [Jefferson County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<5> to the southwest of Port Townsend
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    • Irondale [Jefferson County] - Historic
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      • Irondale [Jefferson County] was located 5 miles [8 km]<5> to the south of Port Townsend
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Irondale have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Marrowstone [Jefferson County]
    • Nordland [Jefferson County]
    • Port Hadlock-Irondale [Jefferson County]
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      • Port Hadlock-Irondale [Jefferson County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<5> to the south of Port Townsend
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To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Port Townsend. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Port Townsend.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Port Townsend. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Port Townsend.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Port Townsend. Our list includes 45 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Port Townsend.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Port Townsend ...

Looking for more information about Port Townsend? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Port Townsend, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Port Townsend.

Adding Port Townsend to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Port Townsend in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Port Townsend was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Port Townsend on a map titled Auto Trails Map of Washington (1925).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Port Townsend on our Genealogy Page.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Washington

About Jefferson County

About Washington

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Port Townsend:

The official website for Jefferson County:

The official website for State of Washington:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Washington's counties, including Jefferson, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Port Townsend.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Port Townsend - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Port Townsend). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Port Townsend or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Port Townsend) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Port Townsend. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Port TownsendOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Port Townsend. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 48.1195, Longitude: -122.7627    
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






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