Stats and Demographics


Government

The City of Gig Harbor is governed by an elected mayor and seven-member council, and managed by a city administrator.  The surrounding Peninsula area is governed by the Pierce County Council under the direction of a county executive.

Emergency Services
Emergency services are provided through 9-1-1. The Gig Harbor Police Department has 24-hour patrol. the Pierce County Sheriff's Department maintains a full detachment station in Gig Harbor.  In addition, the Washington State Patrol maintains a precinct on the Peninsula.  Pierce County Fire District No. 5 and No. 16 have full-time employees and many volunteers.

Climate
Gig Harbor is located on Puget Sound in the northwest pacific coast of Washington.  The Cascade Range and the Olympic Mountains serve as barriers to easterly and northerly weather systems. Weather is moderate the year round with delightful summers. Winters are very moderate with occasional snow. Gig Harbor averages 32 days at a temperature below 32 degrees, and 2 days per year above 90 degrees.  The county Growing seasons is 145-228 days.  Precipitation avg. is 37.6 in. (less than St. Louis or New York).

Population
Incorporated in 1946, the City of Gig Harbor experienced it's most notable population growth in the mid-1990's.  

Census Table 2009


Temperature (average seasonal / degrees F)

  • 55-65 / Spring
  • 70-80 / Summer
  • 55-65 / Fall
  • 40-50 / Winter
  • JUL / Driest Month
  • DEC / Wettest Month
  • 37-inch / Average Rainfall

Population (2012)

  • 7,670 in City Limits
  • 66,000 Gig Harbor / Key Peninsula Area
  • 753,787 Pierce County

City Statistics (5-2009) 

  • 6.13 Square Miles
  • 3,924 Acres
  • 3,301 Housing Units

Averages (12-2008)

  • $299,900 / Median Home Price
  • $1,095 - 3 Bdrm / Apartment Rent
  • $56,547 / Household Income

The People (includes urbanized area outside city limits)

  • 95% Caucasian / Ethnic Makeup
  • 44.6 / Median Age
  • 1,071 (K-12) Enrolled in Public School
  • 30.9% Completed 4-year College or Higher

Recreation

  • 3 State Parks
  • 20 City Parks & Open Spaces
  • 3 Swimming Pools
  • 3 Public Golf Courses
  • Soccer & Ball Fields, Tennis Courts, Skateboard Park, Sailing Club, 2-hours from Snow Skiing, Scuba Diving, Sailing, Kayaking, Power Boats, Jet Skis, Wind Surfing, Water Skiing, Marinas

Distances

  • 11 miles / Tacoma
  • 30 miles / Bremerton
  • 33 miles / Sea-Tac International Airport (45 minute drive)
  • 45 miles / Olympia (State Capital)
  • 49 miles / Seattle
  • 65 miles / Olympic National Park (Staircase Rapids Area)
  • 83 miles / Mt. Rainier (Paradise Area)
  • 141 miles / Mt. St. Helens (Johnstons Ridge Area)
  • 146 miles / Portland

Zip Codes

  • 98335 / 98332 -- Gig Harbor City Limits
  • 98332 / 98335 / 98329 -- Unincorporated Pierce County
  • 98333 -- Fox Island


Tax Structure

Real property taxes fund local schools, fire and library districts.  For current rates, please contact the Pierce County Assessor at (253) 798-6111.

City of Gig Harbor Taxes 

  • 0% Income Tax
  • 0% Transient Occupancy Tax
  • 5% Utility Tax
  • 8.5% Sales Tax (inside city limits) 
  • 8.8% County Sales Tax


More details can be found at U.S. Census and Demographic Information