With national renown as one of America's most livable cities and one of the top five places to raise a family, Bremerton offers affordable, quality living in a spectacular water and mountain setting. Located in Kitsap County in Washington State, the City of Bremerton lies east of the Olympic mountains directly across Puget Sound from Seattle.
The town was spurred in 1891 when William Bremer, a German immigrant and shrewd businessman, encouraged the U.S. Navy to buy 190 acres of his land for a shipyard. Over a century later, Bremerton's Puget Sound Naval Shipyard continues to service U.S. Navy ships and its yard employs 8,000 civilians and as many active duty military work aboard ships or for the yard's attendant commands.
This military influence has fostered a highly technical work force. An effort by the business community to diversify the economy is balancing employment in other sectors such as service, retail, medical, wholesale, manufacturing and public utilities.
Bremerton's downtown core is undergoing a comprehensive revitalization. A sense of optimism resonates among its residents and small business owners. The ferry terminal and Bremerton Transportation Center at the foot of downtown lead visitors into a growing arts community of galleries, theaters and shops. Restaurants, museums and cafes contribute to the eclectic ambiance. And there's much more to come. City officials and business leaders are bringing a new era to Bremerton with plans for mixed-use waterfront development and a new government center adjacent to the ferry terminal.
Bremerton's 36,000 people live among East and West Bremerton, divided by the waters of Port Washington Narrows and connected by the Manette and Warren Avenue bridges. Many distinct neighborhoods comprise the city, such as Manette, with its Bohemian appeal in East Bremerton; Charleston, a quaint section of the city filled with bungalows, and Rocky Point with its rows charming waterfront homes hugging the shoreline.
Nearly unrivaled in the Puget Sound, Bremerton homes carry a median price half that of homes on the Seattle side of the water. Add to that properties that abound with breathtaking water and mountain views, and it's no wonder that Bremerton attracts residents who work in Seattle and take their money further by living well in the West Sound.
Why Bremerton? Quality schools,vast recreation, clean environment, beautiful parks, cultural programs, convenient shopping, low crime and excellent medical facilities, such as Harrison Hospital. Olympic College in Bremerton provides advanced technical degrees and enriches the community with many educational and community services and a Business Relations Center. The Bremerton High School complex boasts a modern performing arts center which provides a venue for opera, dance, theater and the Bremerton Symphony.
Residents of Bremerton have it all. Some take advantage of the amenities of Seattle via a relaxing, scenic ferry ride across Puget Sound. A half hour's drive south of Bremerton sits Tacoma. Close to home on the Kitsap Peninsula, Bremerton's county neighbors offer a variety of things to enjoy as a resident or a visitor, from farm life to retail districts.
Come to Bremerton. Walk along the shore where eagles dive for fish. Watch whales play in the nearby inlet. Cross a bridge and gaze in awe at a postcard caliber vista of the Olympic Mountains or Mount Rainier. Gallery hop, fine dine, or enjoy an evening of top entertainment at the Admiral Theatre. Listen to music at a cozy nightspot. Head for the city, the mountains, the water, or stay right here in Bremerton - the center of it all.