Gig Harbor : Washington

 

What it's Like to Retire in Gig Harbor

Gig Harbor is a pretty and scenic town on Puget Sound, in Washington state. It has an interesting history dating back to the mid-1800’s, and started as a commercial fishing and boat building community. Today, the town with a population of a little over 8,000, is home to many retirees and has become a popular tourist destination. Because Scandinavians and Croatians were among the first settlers to arrive, the quaint harbor town has always been influenced by their cultural heritage and its fishing village appeal. Gig Harbor is easily accessible from Tacoma via the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, and Seattle is just an hour away. Picture of Gig Harbor courtesy of Wikipedia and Ken Lund; picture of tacoma Narrows Bridge courtesy of Wikipedia and Kimon Berlin; picture of Entering Gig Harbor courtesy of Wikipedia and Blazeblaze.

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Where to Retire in Gig Harbor and Home Prices

Zillow calls Gig Harbor a "Very Hot" market and reported the median home value to be $500,700 in mid-2019.
 

What is special about Gig Harbor

Other than the great fishing and boating, Gig Harbor is home to locally owned shops and galleries, 3 book stores, city and State Parks for shelling, kayaking, scuba diving, crabbing, and camping.
 

What is not special about Gig Harbor

High cost of living, above average crime rate, winters are wet and chilly.
 

Who will like retirement in Gig Harbor

About 25% of the population is above the age of 65, as it is a popular place for retirees who enjoy boating and the outdoors. There are marinas, parks, great restaurants, shops and a new hospital.
 

Local economy is driven by

Commercial fishing is not as important to the town's economy as it once was, and many white collar workers commute to Tacoma. Health care, education and tourism are important economic drivers in Gig Harbor.
 

Climate and Physical Environment

January's average temperature is 41 degrees, with July's average at 64 degrees. The annual rainfall here is about 37 inches.
 

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Gig Harbor has many great restaurants and pubs, many of course offering seafood and waterfront dining. The harbor town is in a beautiful setting for boating, hiking and many types of outdoor activities. But for the cultural scene you can head to Tacoma or Seattle.
 

Crime

The crime rate is above the national average and is mainly theft and property damage, not violent crime.
 

Medical facilities

St. Anthony Hospital is located here, offering many types of health care.
 

Transportation

The shopping area of Gig Harbor is walkable and many areas are bike friendly. During the summer months there is a trolley that goes between the waterfront district and the uptown shopping area. The Tacoma Narrows Bridge is a toll bridge between Tacoma and Gig Harbor.
 

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