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Bainbridge Island

City of Bainbridge Island

  •   State: 
    Kitsap County
    Bainbridge Island
      County FIPS: 
    47°39′19″N 122°32′6″W
      Area total: 
    65.08 sq mi (168.55 km²)
      Area land: 
    27.61 sq mi (71.52 km²)
      Area water: 
    37.46 sq mi (97.03 km²)
    200 ft (60 m)
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Bremerton-Silverdale-Port Orchard, WA
    Pacific Standard Time (PST) UTC-8:00; Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) UTC-7:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Bainbridge Island, Kitsap County, Washington, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    916.13 residents per square mile of area (353.72/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 

Bainbridge Island is a city and island in Kitsap County, Washington. The population was 23,025 at the 2010 census and an estimated 25,298 in 2019. The island is separated from the Kitsap Peninsula by Port Orchard, with Bremerton lying to the southwest. The city has occupied the entire space of Bainbridge Island since February 28, 1991, when the 1.5-square-mile (3.9 km²) city of Winslow annexed the rest of the island. The first generation of Japanese immigrants, the Issei, came in 1883. During World War II, Japanese-American residents were the first to be sent to internment camps, an event commemorated by the Bainbridge island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, which opened in 2011. The U.S. Navy established a High-frequency direction finding (HFDF) station here by the Navy during the war. It was used to track Japanese warships and merchant marine vessels as far away as the Western Pacific. Since the 1960s, Bainbridge has become an increasingly affluent bedroom community of Seattle, a 35-minute ride away on the Washington State Ferries. It is located within the Puget Sound Basin, east of the KitsAP Peninsula, directly east of. the Manette Peninsula and west of the city Seattle. The Island is approximately 5 miles (8 km) wide and 10 miles (27.16 km) long encompassing nearly 17,778 acres (71 sq mi; 71 km²), and is one of the main islands in Pugetsound.


Bainbridge Island is the primary city name, but also Bainbridge Is, Seattle are acceptable city names or spellings. The official name is City of Bainbridge Island. In 1792, English explorer Captain George Vancouver spent several days with his ship HMS Discovery anchored off Restoration Point at the southern end of Bainbridge Island. In 1841, US Navy Lieutenant Charles Wilkes named the island after Commodore William Bainbridge, commander of the frigate USS Constitution in the War of 1812. The first generation of Japanese immigrants, the Issei, came in 1883. During World War II, Japanese-American residents were the first to be sent to internment camps. The island has become an increasingly affluent bedroom community of Seattle, a 35-minute ride away on the Washington State Ferries. The 1.5-square-mile (3.9 km²) city of Winslow (incorporated on August 9, 1947), annexed the rest of the island in 1990. It officially remained the city of. Winslow for several months, until November 7, 1991 at which time the city. of WinsLow was renamed the cityof Bainbridge. Island. The city has occupied the entire space of Bainbrid Island since February 28, 1991, when the. 1.4-square mile (2.7-km²) island was annexed by Winslow. It is located in the eastern part of Puget Sound, between Port Madison and Eagle Harbor. There were nine villages on the island; these included winter villages at Port Madison, Battle Point, Point White, Lynwood Center, Port Blakely, and Rolling Bay, as well as summer villages at Manzanita, Fletcher Bay, and rolling Bay.


Bainbridge Island was formed during the last ice age 13,000 to 15,000 years ago. The island is approximately 5 miles (8 km) wide and 10 miles (16 km) long, encompassing nearly 17,778 acres (27.778 sq mi; 71.95 km²) The high point is 425-foot (130 m) Toe Jam Hill. Bainbridge Island can be accessed by motor vehicle, bicycle, or foot through two access points, both on Washington State Route 305. It is connected to the Kitsap Peninsula by the Agate Pass Bridge, carrying SR 305 over Agate Passage at the island's northwest corner. The only other way off the island is by the Seattlebainbridge ferry, the Washington State Ferries service from the dock at Winslow in Eagle Harbor to Colman Dock (Pier 52) in Seattle. Most of these locations are still referred to by name on the island, and maintain their own local character within the city. The city of Winslow annexed the entirety of the island in 1991, it absorbed numerous named unincorporated communities, most of which are still known by their former names. It hosts the Chilly Hilly bicycle ride every February, which takes place in the early morning hours of the third day of February. The highest point on Bainbridge is 425 feet (130 meters) to the north of the city of Seattle. The town of Port Orchard lies across Rich Passage to the south, and Bremerton and Poulsbo to the west.


As of the census of 2010, there were 23,025 people, 9,470 households, and 6,611 families residing in the city. In 2010, the census block group in which Winslow is located had a median household income of $42,000. The socioeconomic profile varies significantly between the rural parts of the island and Winslow, its urban center. More than half of Winslow households live in rental units, compared to 20% of households across the island. The median income for a household in Winslow in 2007 was $88,243. The per capita income for the city was $37,482. About 3.0% of families and 4.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.8% ofThose under age 18 and 3.3% of those age 65 or over. In the city, the average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was2.88. The city's median age was 47.7 years, with 23.7% of residents under the age of 18; 4.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 17.5% were from 25 to 44; 38%. were from 45 to 64; and 16.4%. were 65 years of age or older. The racial makeup of the city is 92.88% White, 0.28% African American, 0.62% Native American, 2.40% Asian,0.11% Pacific Islander, and 2.96% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos, of any race, were 2.17%.


Bainbridge Island has four centers of commerce: Winslow, Lynwood Center, Fletcher Bay (also referred to as Island Center), and Rolling Bay. Winslow is the downtown core and has most of the shopping and dining. Rolling Bay is located on the east side of the island. The local newspapers are the weekly Bainbridge Island Review, Kitsap Sun, and the Bainbridge islander. The Buy Nothing Project was founded on the island in July 2013. It is a non-profit that aims to help people on Bainbridge get off their butts and do nothing. The island has a population of about 2,000 people. The average household income is about $30,000. The median household income in Bainbridge is $35,000, the highest in Kitsap County, Washington. Bainbridge has a high school graduation rate of about 80%. The island's unemployment rate is about 4%. The average income in the island is around $25,000; the lowest rate is around 5%. The median house price is $1,200; the highest rate is $2,200. The highest rate of unemployment is about 5%. the island has an average income of about $26,500; the average household wealth is $28,500. the island's median house value is $31,000 and the average income is $27,000 . The lowest rate of Unemployment is around 2%. the average house price in the Island is $3,000 but the average home value is just over $1.5 million.


Bainbridge Island is served by the Bainbridge Island School District. Public schools include Johnston Blakely Elementary School and Ordway Elementary School. Private schools include Montessori Country School and St. Cecilia Catholic School. The Puget Sound Naval Academy, formerly the Moran School, operated on the island from 1914 to 1933, and then again from 1937 to 1951. BISD also offers home-based and student-directed educational programming under the umbrella of the Commodore Options School: Mosaic Home Education Partnership (K-8) and Eagle Harbor High School (9-12) The island is home to the Washington State Maritime Museum, which is located on the north side of the island. It is also home to Washington State's only submarine base, the USS Bainbridge, which was built in the early 20th century. The island has a population of about 2,000 people, most of whom live on the east coast of Washington state. It also has one of the highest rates of asthma in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The island also has the highest levels of obesity in the state, with 1.7% of the population living in the summer and 2.4% in the winter. It has a high level of obesity, with 2.6% of residents in the spring and 4.3% in January. The highest rate of obesity is in the fall, with 3.7%. The island's highest-earning residents are the residents of the town of Bainbridge.

Sports and recreation

Bainbridge Island's high school lacrosse team has won state titles. Pickleball was invented by the family of congressman Joel Pritchard at their summer home on Bainbridge Island in 1965. In 2009, the Bainbridge High School Fastpitch team won the Washington 3A State Title. In 2011, 2012 and 2018, the High School Girls Lacrosse Team won the state championship. The island's Little League team was represented in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania at the Little League World Series in 2001. The Island Land Trust, city and park district maintain "island open space" for residents and visitors to enjoy the island's natural beauty. It is home to a number of outdoor sports, including pickleball, badminton and tennis. The Bainbridge Land Trust is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the island as a haven for its residents, visitors and wildlife. It was founded by former Bainbridge resident and U.S. Rep. Joel Pribchard in 1964. The Trust is run by members of the Pribchars' family, including their son, congressman Joel, and their son-in-law, Rep. David Pribach. The Land Trust has a board of directors that meets regularly to discuss issues affecting the island. It also has a committee that monitors development on the island, including the development of new homes and businesses. The land trust has a goal of keeping the island open to the public and preserving its natural beauty for future generations.

Government and politics

Bainbridge Island is a stronghold of the Democratic Party. Jay Inslee, the 23rd governor of Washington, is a local resident. In the 2004 Presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 72.87% of the vote to Republican George W. Bush's 25.58%. In 2008, Barack Obama defeated John McCain by a margin of 77.79% to 20.79%. In the 2009 election, Bainbridge Island passed Referendum 71, the "Everything but Marriage" gay rights bill, with 79.40%. It received 53.15% statewide. Bainbridge is in Washington State's 23rd District and as of January 2020 is represented by Democratic state representatives Sherry Appleton (Democrat) and Representative Drew Hansen and Democratic state senator Christine Rolfes. It is part of Washington's 6th congressional district and represented by Democrat Derek Kilmer in the U.S. Congress. It has a seven-member city council. The members are elected to staggered four-year terms and appoint a city manager. The city manager is appointed by the city council for a term of four years. The mayor is a Democrat, as is the mayor of Bainbridge, who is a Republican. The island's mayor is Republican, and the mayor is Democrat, who was elected to a four-term term in 2010. The council is made up of three Republicans and three Democrats. It was one of the few municipalities in the state where the measure outperformed Obama in the 2008 Democratic primary (which was not used for delegate appointment).

Arts and culture

The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art opened in June 2013 near the Winslow ferry terminal. The museum cost $15.6 million to construct and includes a 99-seat auditorium, a classroom, and other spaces. Seabird was named one of the "Best New Restaurants in America" in 2022, a list curated by Esquire. The establishment focuses on seafood and vegetarian dishes, using staples and ingredients from local sources. The building has 20,000 square feet (1,900 m2) of space and was designed to resemble the bow of a ship. During its first weeks, the museum averaged 150 daily visitors and included an exhibition of works by Roger Shimomura. The restaurant, Seabirds, is located on the island's north shore and is open seven days a week, seven nights a week. It is open to the public and offers a wide range of food and drink options, including sushi, burgers, wings, and more.

In popular culture

The fictional San Piedro Island in the 1994 novel Snow Falling on Cedars is based on Bainbridge Island. The epilogue of the 1996 film That Thing You Do! reveals that main characters Guy Patterson and Faye Dolan moved with their four children to Bainbridge. A local restaurant, the Big Star Diner, is featured in the tenth episode of the first season of the Food Network series Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. The island is the main setting of the 2021 novel You Love Me, the third installment in the You series by novelist Caroline Kepnes. The novel's author, David Guterson, lives on the island and worked for ten years as a teacher at Bainbridge High School. In Michael Crichton's 1994 novel Disclosure, protagonist Tom Sanders lives with his wife and two children on Bain Bridge Island. Some scenes from the film adaptation later that year were filmed on the Island, including at Bain Bridge Ferry Terminal and Capt. Johnston Blakely Elementary School. The fictional Puget Sound Conservatory of Music is located on the isle. The Island Life reality television series features a local restaurant called the Madison Diner in the first episode of its fifteenth season. It is featured on the HGTV reality television show Island Life, which airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET. It also appears in the second season of Island Life: The Real Story, which premieres on May 8, 2013, on HGTV. The series also features a character from Bainbridge who lives in the town.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Bainbridge Island, Kitsap County, Washington = 55.8. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 40. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 10. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Bainbridge Island = 2.7 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 3,346 individuals with a median age of 47.2 age the population grows by 10.62% in Bainbridge Island, Kitsap County, Washington population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 916.13 residents per square mile of area (353.72/km²). There are average 2.51 people per household in the 8,908 households with an average household income of $89,808 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 7.10% of the available work force and has dropped -4.84% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 23.22%. The number of physicians in Bainbridge Island per 100,000 population = 204.1.


The annual rainfall in Bainbridge Island = 51.6 inches and the annual snowfall = 7.8 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 160. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 150. 75 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 34.1 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 71, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Bainbridge Island, Kitsap County, Washington which are owned by the occupant = 71.23%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 26 years with median home cost = $488,660 and home appreciation of -8.65%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $12.32 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $4,357 per student. There are 20.5 students for each teacher in the school, 492 students for each Librarian and 432 students for each Counselor. 5.37% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 34.55% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 25.38% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Bainbridge Island's population in Kitsap County, Washington of 1,917 residents in 1900 has increased 1,75-fold to 3,346 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 51.96% female residents and 48.04% male residents live in Bainbridge Island, Kitsap County, Washington.

    As of 2020 in Bainbridge Island, Kitsap County, Washington are married and the remaining 33.77% are single population.

  • 46.5 minutes is the average time that residents in Bainbridge Island require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    45.61% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 7.05% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 27.88% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 11.97% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Bainbridge Island, Kitsap County, Washington, 71.23% are owner-occupied homes, another 20.29% are rented apartments, and the remaining 8.48% are vacant.

  • The 26.60% of the population in Bainbridge Island, Kitsap County, Washington who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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