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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
Gig Harbor is a suburb of Seattle with a population of 8,651. Gig Harbor is in Pierce County and is one of the best places to live in Washington. Living in Gig Harbor offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Gig Harbor there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many retirees live in Gig Harbor and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Gig Harbor are above average.
About Gig Harbor...
Population
8,651

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$378,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,274
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    40%
  • Own
    60%
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Gig Harbor Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    141.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    40.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    474.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    4,450.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    232.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    5%
  • 25-34 years
    8%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    24%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    20%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    31%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    13%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in Gig Harbor

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$74,159
National
$55,322
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Gig Harbor Reviews

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I am speaking of around the Gig Harbor downtown waterfront to Raft Island. It's a wonderful place full of wonderful people who live here year round. There is plenty of diversity and different income levels here in Gig! The tourists are welcome and everyone enjoys the waterfront restaurants and shops. However, there are always a few negative types that are always in a rush and ruin it for others with their impatient horn blaring or ignoring speed limits. Gig Harbor is a slow pace lifestyle. People walk their dogs, ride bikes, and jog on the roads. People wave to each other and smile here no matter who your are! Conservatives and Liberals live together here. If you are in a hurry, you won't be happy here. People who don't like diversity end up moving. So come and embrace the slow living lifestyle of Gig Harbor and you will enjoy your time here.
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An excellent community to retire. We are very close to great boating,(ocean and lakes) winter sports, and beautiful mountains. The winters locally are very mild and the summers are normally in the seventies and lower eighties. For the younger people, we have an excellent school system. It's a great place to live!
The waterfront is absolutely gorgeous in the spring and summer! The downtown bay area has several local shops that are cute and vintage. Several of the restaurants have a waterfront view, and there is kayaking and canoeing available to the public. The schools perform relatively well on the academic skill level. The are several restaurants and shops in Uptown Gig Harbor, too. Most of the shops close at sunset. The community is pretty safe, and there is a low crime rate.