Kitsap County is located on the western side of Puget Sound. The county is named after Chief Kitsap of the Suquamish tribe. The population is approximately 250,000. The county seat is Port Orchard, and the largest city is Bremerton.
Kitsap County was formed out of King County and Jefferson County in 1857. The United States Navy is the largest employer in the county, with installations at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport, and Naval Base Kitsap.
Kitsap County is connected to the eastern shore of Puget Sound by Washington State Ferries routes, including the Seattle-Bremerton Ferry, Southworth to West Seattle via Vashon Island, Bainbridge Island to Downtown Seattle, and from Kingston to Edmonds, Washington. Kitsap County is located on the Olympic Peninsula. The state highway system skirts the waterways and connects with the more populous regions in Tacoma.