About Gig Harbor

Gig Harbor - The Maritime City

Discovered in 1840 and incorporated in 1946, Gig Harbor is one of the most picturesque small cities in America. The city was named from the Wilkes Expedition in which the crew entered the harbor in a longboat called a "captain's gig". These three fisherman rowed from British Columbia to Gig Harbor and decided to stay.

Gig Harbor is one of several cities and towns that claim to be "the gateway to the Olympic Peninsula". It is located on Gig Harbor Bay in Puget Sound across the Narrows Bridge from Tacoma. Due to its close access to several state and city parks, and historic waterfront that includes boutiques and fine dining, it has become a popular tourist destination.

Boat docks full in Gig Harbor

Gig Harbor Stats

  • Altitude: Sea level to 440 feet
  • Average Annual Rainfall: 37 inches (Wettest month is December, driest month is July)
  • Average Seasonal Temperatures: Summer 65 degrees Fahrenheit (F) to 80 F / 35 F to 50 F
  • Current Population: 9,065

City Song

On January 11, 2015 the City Council passed a resolution to adopt Under a Gig Harbor Moon (MP3) as the official city song.