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Living a Boating Lifestyle in Gig Harbor, Washington

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Where to Retire in Gig Harbor and Home Prices

Zillow reported the median home value to be $$686,460 in mid-2021, an increase of over 20% during the past year.

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.

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.


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.


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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