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Living a Boating Lifestyle in Poulsbo, Washington

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Where to Retire in Poulsbo and Home Prices

Zillow reports the median home value to be $664,938 in mid-2022.

What Is Special about Poulsbo

Poulsbo, commonly referred to as "Little Norway on the Fjord", has the old world charm of a Norwegian community, and the vibrant, very walkable downtown has specialty shops and historic attractions. Poulsbo also has its own harbor with boat slips for visitors, and several parks which offer many outdoor activities, including a waterfront park with boating. You would never tire of the panoramic views of Liberty Bay and the Olympic Mountains.

What Is Not Special about Poulsbo

As with many tourist destinations, Poulsbo can become crowded during the summer months; high cost of living, and winters can be long with cool temperatures

Climate and Physical Environment

Poulsbo's average January temperature is 41 degrees, and the average July temperture is about 61 degrees. The city receives approximately 35 inches of rain annually, and just a few inches of snow each winter.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Poulsbo is full of shops, waterfront restaurants and art galleries, and is home to Sluys' Poulsbo Bakery which is known worldwide for it famous Poulsbo Bread. The town is proud of its Norwegian heritage which it celebrates with many festivals throughout the year, including the annual Viking Fest with artisans, food, and a parade. Another popular event is the The Summer Solstice which is celebrated Norwegian style with the St.Hans Mid-Sommerfest that includes folk dances and a bon fire. And the Lighted Boat Parade is a Christmas tradition held each year by the Poulsbo Yacht Club.


The crime rate in Poulsbo is slightly lower than the national average, with most involving theft.

Medical Facilities

Harrison Medical Center is nearby in Bremerton, and Peninsula Cancer Center is located in Poulsbo.


Kenmore Air Harbor Seaplane Base in 33 miles away, the William R. Fairchild International Airport is about 65 miles away, and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is approximately 70 miles away. The town has a marina for visitors who come by boat, and Kitsap Transit offers service, as do several ferries.

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