The natural beauty and geography that make Port Townsend a unique place to live are the ones we need to protect in order to share it with our children. This is a both a working and retirement community and tourist destination, and so is tightly knit and very social. Because of a smaller population, many groups and organizations have sprouted and there is something going on for just about any interest.
You'll find a high number of remote employees, self-employed and small businesses in the area. Retirees here become involved in both paid employment and as volunteers. Families have wonderful parks and a number of educational options.
Average median home value is $278,000, but sale prices are higher (The median price of homes currently listed in Port Townsend is $359,500 according to Zillow). There are very limited rental properties that average $1000-$1600 per month. If you make less than about $50,000/year finding affordable housing is tough. Do not go by zip code - 98368 does not reflect properties accurately (the zip code covers everything south to Discovery Bay at Highway 101 - which is over 13 miles away).
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Home Builders and Construction - New construction, remodels, excavation, services.
Maps - East Jefferson County, Olympic Peninsula and Port Townsend area.
Transportation - Options available.
Education - Schools and opportunities for learning in the area.
Utility Inspections - City of Port Townsend.
Utilities: Electrical, Water and Sewer
City of Port Townsend
Form for "Authorization to Bill for Utility Services"
Finance Department 360-385-2700
Jefferson County PUD
Customer Service 360-385-5800
Utilities: Oil and Gas Companies
Mountain Propane is a locally owned and operated, full service propane store with many years of experience in the propane industry among the staff.
Pacific Oil Products
Residential curbside collection and commercial garbage pickup is available throughout Port Townsend & Jefferson County. Call these numbers for information on rates and schedules and to get service:
Jefferson County Public Works
Recycling, Garbage & Hazardous Waste
Jefferson County Solid Waste Transfer Station/Landfill
325 County Landfill Rd. Jacob Miller Road, 3/4 mile off Highway 20, south of Port Townsend. Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except public holidays.
Quilcene Dropbox Site
295312 Highway 101, South of Quilcene. Monday, Wednesday and Friday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Recycling in Jefferson County
Polystyrene - Call Christopher Overman 360-301-5895
Glass, cardboard, mixed paper, newspaper - Transfer Station/Port Townsend Recycle Center (see Recycling)
Curbside Recycling - DM Disposal Co. Inc. in Port Townsend every other week.
Oil and Antifreeze - Port Townsend Recycle Center
Electronics - Transfer Station/Port Townsend Recycle Center
For other locations go to E-Cycle Washington.
Jefferson County residents can recycle TVs, computer CPUs and monitors for FREE at Goodwill, Monday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., located at 602 Howard St.
Making sure electronics like televisions do not end up in the garbage, in landfills and ultimately in the environment, is the one way to protect people from the serious health effects of toxic chemicals and heavy metals. If your old TV still works and is in good condition, someone else may be able to use it. There are several other ways to pass on electronic items for reuse:
- Contact charities or non-profits
- Sell or recycle your item
- Use an online website such as FreeCycle
Whatever you decide to do with your computer, it is recommended that you remove all information before recycling, donating, or selling it.
Compost Availability and Pickup Days
City of Port Townsend Biosolids/Compost Facility
Curbside Pickup Services, Rates, Schedules for City of Port Townsend and Jefferson County
DM Disposal 360-385-6612
City of Port Townsend utility billing 360-385-2700
Drug Take-Back Program
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the Port Townsend Police Department have begun programs to take back and safely dispose of unwanted or expired medications. This program helps keep such items out of landfills and our water supply. Personal information is not collected from those individuals disposing of items.
The Port Townsend drop off location is 1925 Blaine Street, Port Townsend. The hours are Monday -Friday, 8:00-5:00. Please call 360-385- 2322 if you have questions.
The Jefferson County drop off location is 79 Elkins Road, Port Hadlock. The hours are 8:30-4:00, Monday-Friday. Please call 360-385-3831 if you have questions.