Some bits and pieces about Kitsap coming from the 2010 U.S. Census …

Readers,

Here’s what I’ve picked up so far from the 2010 U.S. Census. More to come as more becomes available. Rachel Pritchett, reporter

Kitsap County’s race makeup remained virtually unchanged in the past decade.
According to the 2010 census, 85 percent of Kitsap residents were Caucasian; 5 percent Asian; 3 percent African American; 2 percent Native American; 1 percent Pacific Islander; and the remainder were other races or a combination.

The proportions were almost identical to those in the 2000 census.

Bremerton was the most racially diverse city. Seventy-seven percent of the population was Caucasian, 7 percent Asian, 7 percent Hispanic, and 4 percent African American.
Bainbridge Island was the county’s whitest city. Ninety-one percent of its population was Caucasian, 4 percent Hispanic, 3 percent Asian and .4 percent African American.
“The cost of housing affects the diversity on the island, because there’s a connection between income, race and ethnicity,” said Ken Balizer, executive director of the Housing Resources Board, a group that works toward greater diversity by providing and maintaining affordable housing opportunities.
Here’s another tidbit:
Kingston proportionally has the most empty living units. Fifteen percent of all living units in Kingston were empty.
In Port Orchard, only 7 percent of all its homes had no one living in them, according to the census.
“In a lot of ways, this area up here is a second-home market,” explained Carter Dotson, broker/owner of the Windermere office in Kingston. The tough housing market has meant that fewer people can buy those second homes, he said. Many of them are waterfront homes.

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