Bremerton is a city in Kitsap County, Washington, United States. The population was 37,729 at the 2010 census and an estimated 41,405 in 2019, making it the largest city on the Kitsap Peninsula. Take a look below for 25 fascinating and crazy facts about Bremerton, Washington, United States.
1. Bremerton is home to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and the Bremerton Annex of Naval Base Kitsap.
2. Bremerton is connected to downtown Seattle by two ferries: a 60-minute ferry that carries both vehicles and walk-on passengers, and a 28-minute Fast Ferry that carries passengers and a limited number of bicycles.
3. Bremerton, the largest city in Kitsap County, is located directly west of Seattle across Puget Sound on the Kitsap Peninsula.
4. It is bounded on the southeast and east by Sinclair Inlet and the strait of Port Orchard respectively.
5. The city is divided by the Port Washington Narrows, a strait spanned by two bridges that connect the eastern and western sides of the city.
6. The part of the city northeast of the narrows is referred to as East Bremerton.
7. The city limits extend to the southwest as far as the Mason County line and include Bremerton National Airport.
8. Bremerton is bordered to the south, across Sinclair Inlet, by the city of Port Orchard.
9. According to the United States Census Bureau, Bremerton has a total area of 32.29 square miles (83.63 km2), of which 28.41 square miles (73.58 km2) are land and 3.88 square miles (10.05 km2) are water.
10. The ferry terminal and waterfront are the heart of downtown. As Bremerton’s historic center, downtown has seen the most dramatic change over the last decade, with blighted blocks being replaced by new apartments, and older buildings being restored.
11. Attractions include Harborside Fountain Park, a boardwalk, and multiple naval history museums.
12. The district is known for breweries, coffeeshops, art galleries, and restaurants showcasing diverse cuisines. The city is in the beginning stages of creating a public square on Fourth Street to honor local music icon Quincy Jones.
13. Across the water from Downtown is Manette, a neighborhood on a separate peninsula that functioned as its own town from 1891 to 1930. It was annexed by Bremerton in 1918, and the first Manette Bridge was completed in 1930.
14. Bremerton is divided among three state legislative districts in Kitsap County, the 23rd legislative district to the north, 35th legislative district in the center and 26th legislative district to the south.
15. Before redistricting in 2012, the line separating the first and sixth Congressional districts ran through East Bremerton.
16. As a result of the 2012 redistricting, all of Bremerton now lies within the sixth Congressional district. The district is represented by Derek Kilmer, who was first elected to that position in 2012. Prior to Kilmer, Norm Dicks served as sixth district Representative from 1977 to 2013.
17. The current mayor is Greg Wheeler. Incorporated as a first-class city, Bremerton has been governed by a nonpartisan strong mayor and seven-member city council since 1985.
18. Each member is elected from one of seven districts who in turn elect one member as President. The current form of government was established by a 1983 charter that eliminated a decades-old city commission composed of a mayor, public works commissioner and finance commissioner.
19. Each member of the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners represents a portion of the city of Bremerton. This arrangement was an attempt to balance Bremerton’s commercial influence with the remainder of the county, though most of its sales tax base has since relocated to unincorporated areas.
20. Bremerton politics can vary in intensity, with some city council positions regularly unopposed and others having as many as four candidates in the 2005 primary election. Redevelopment projects have been a major source of debate, including the 2007 construction of a federally funded tunnel that would route ferry traffic under the downtown core as well as a planned waterfront boardwalk extension.
21. As with most cities in the region, Bremerton precincts have historically been more favorable for Democratic candidates in state and federal elections, contrasting with more conservative-leaning voters in rural areas of the county.
22. Public schools are operated by the Bremerton School District and Central Kitsap School District. College level education is offered by Olympic College.
23. Christ the King Lutheran School is a Pre-K-8 grade school of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod in Bremerton.
24. Bremerton is home to the Kitsap BlueJackets baseball team of the summer collegiate West Coast League. It is also the home of the dissolved Kitsap Pumas soccer team in the USL Premier Development League (PDL). Its basketball team is the Kitsap Admirals in the American Basketball Association (ABA).
25. The Western States Hockey League had a presence in Bremerton as well with the addition of the (now defunct) West Sound Warriors.