Port Orchard Independent

Port Orchard Independent

The Port Orchard Independent was founded in August of 1890, absorbing two other local newspapers: The Broad Ax in 1891 and the Kitsap County Pioneer in 1893. Just as it has for the last 100 years, today’s Independent continues to provide the South Kitsap area with relevant and timely news and reaches 18,232 households weekly. Already the home of county government, Port Orchard has been on a growth spurt in recent years with aggressive annexation initiatives in its goal of becoming the largest city in the county. Port Orchard is home to Washington State’s largest high school and prides itself on its quality of local education provided by the South Kitsap School District.  Featuring several festivals throughout the year, Port Orchard and surrounding communities are a popular tourist destination.

Winner of 16 industry awards in 2017!

The Port Orchard Independent received 16 awards from the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association, including six awards for First Places.

In all, Sound Publishing took home 275 WNPA awards. Ninety-four of those were 1st place, including the coveted General Excellence. Sound also scooped up nine Local Media Association awards. At Sound, we remain dedicated to covering local stories that affect each of our communities. No other news source reports down to the neighborhood level like we do.


are female


ages 25 to 54 years


family households


have college


median household

Source: U.S. Census: 2016 American Community Survey (5-year)


Circulation Comparison

ZipZip NameNielsen Occupied HouseholdsPort Orchard IndependentSound Publishing, Inc. CoverageKitsap Sun (Sun)Kitsap Sun Coverage (Sun)
Total38,918 17,57945%5,838 15%
98312Bremerton12,7012652%1,881 15%
98359Olalla1,9061,19663%84 5%
98366Port Orchard13,8609,10966%2,277 17%
98367Port Orchard10,451 6,95167%1,596 15%
Sources: AAM / CAC Consolidated Media Report (Q2, 2018), U.S. Census: 2016 American Community Survey (5-year), 2017 Pulse Research readership survey

Sound Publishing clearly values vibrant communities. Their focus on local stories that matter to the people who live here keeps readers informed about who we are, what we do and how with help, people can recover from mental illness. Plus Sound Publishing’s long time sponsorship of our annual charity event, the KMHS Golf Classic, is terrific.
We appreciate Sound Publishing’s commitment to partnering with us for the benefit of people living in our community.”
Joe Roszak
Kitsap Mental Health Services, Executive Director