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Silverdale, Washington

Silverdale is a town located in Kitsap County, Washington. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 15,816.

Table of contents
1 Geography
2 Demographics
3 Events


Silverdale is located at 47°39'34" North, 122°40'36" West (47.659410, -122.676630)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 20.4 km² (7.9 mi²). 18.0 km² (6.9 mi²) of it is land and 2.4 km² (0.9 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 11.91% water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 15,816 people, 5,867 households, and 4,059 families residing in the town. The population density is 879.9/km² (2,277.9/mi²). There are 6,246 housing units at an average density of 347.5/km² (899.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 77.18% White, 3.48% African American, 0.83% Native American, 11.00% Asian, 1.06% Pacific Islander, 1.45% from other races, and 5.01% from two or more races. 4.36% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 5,867 households out of which 39.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.6% are married couples living together, 9.3% have a female householder with no husband present, and 30.8% are non-families. 22.7% of all households are made up of individuals and 6.1% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.64 and the average family size is 3.14.

In the town the population is spread out with 28.0% under the age of 18, 12.2% from 18 to 24, 31.1% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 9.0% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 32 years. For every 100 females there are 96.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 97.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $48,164, and the median income for a family is $54,538. Males have a median income of $38,504 versus $28,414 for females. The per capita income for the town is $21,763. 4.8% of the population and 2.8% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 5.1% are under the age of 18 and 6.4% are 65 or older.


The annual Whaling Days takes place the last weekend of July at the waterfront in Old Town. The festivities begin with a parade which starts at the Mall, goes down Silverdale Way, and ends up near Old Town. During the event, there are various craft and food stands, live bands, and speedboat races. One event of note is the duck race. In the weeks prior to Whaling Days, anyone can sign up to reserve a rubber duck for the race. When the ducks are released, they float towards the finish line, or wherever the current takes them. Whoever reserved the duck who gets past the finish line first wins a prize, usually a new truck.