Gig Harbor Real Estate Information
Gig Harbor refers to both a body of water and city near Puget Sound in the state of Washington. Gig Harbor is a highly scenic and desirable community situated in the central western portion of the state. Gig Harbor has a population of approximately six thousand five hundred residents, with the “best” properties found on the coastal portion of the city. Gig Harbor is approximately four and a half square miles in size, and is known as the “gateway to the Olympic Peninsula”. Gig Harbor is one of the most affluent communities in the entire state of Washington, ranking in the top ten percent of measured areas based off of per capita income. Gig Harbor is located across from the Tacoma area by way of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, which recently underwent a nearly one billion dollar renovation to add a second lane.
Gig Harbor is named after the captain's boat (gig) of Charles Wilkes, which sailed into the as-yet unnamed harbor in the year eighteen forty. Charles Wilkes was also the person that mapped the entire Oregon Territory a year later and gave Gig harbor its current name. Settlers began to trickle into the Gig Harbor area approximately twenty five years later, when Swedish, Norwegian, and Eastern European fishermen and families started to arrive in the region. Gig Harbor remained an unincorporated community until the year nineteen forty six, when the city was officially incorporated on July the Twelfth. Gig Harbor is located in Pierce County, which is also home to two of the largest cities in the state of Washington – Tacoma and Seattle. Gig Harbor was historically known for the boat building industry, but currently relies more on fishing and tourism in the modern day.
The tourist industry of Gig Harbor is home to a number of fascinating and entertaining destinations, ranging from the cultural to the recreational. Some of these include the Maritime Village, which is noted for its scenery, fine dining, upscale shopping, and greenery. Gig Harbor is also known for the Tides Tavern, a notable restaurant, the Russell Foundation Building, Jerisich Park, and the Skansie Brothers Park.