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Civil Rights and Labor History Consortium / University of Washington

Kitsap County racial restrictive covenants

Restrictive covenants were one of the reasons that people of color found it difficult to live in Kitsap County except in neighborhoods close to the Bremerton Naval Shipyard or on the two Tribal reservations. In 1970, the census counted only 1,451 Black residents. Asian Americans numbered 1,673; Indigenous Americans 913. The county population was 96% white. The tiny numbers speak to something more than racial segregation. Exclusion was the issue. And its history plays out today in homeownership rates, family wealth, and other effects of exclusion and inequality. The links below lead to three resources featuring different kinds of maps, lists, and information showing the neighborhoods impacted by racial restrictive covenants and the history of segregation and exclusion.

2,000 plus restricted parcels

This map shows shows the exact location of more than 2,000 properties that carried racial restrictions.

Restricted subdivisions

This interactive map shows 39 subdivisons with known restrictions. Scroll the list, read the language of restrictions, learn the names of the developers.

Race and segregation maps

Here we map the neighborhood-by-neighborhood distributions of African Americans, Asian Americans, Indigenous Americans, Latinos, and Whites across four decades.