Separated by a skinny stretch of Puget Sound called The Narrows, not so long ago, a visit to Gig Harbor from Tacoma required a boat trip. In 1940 the first Narrows Bridge, nicknamed Galloping Gertie, linked Gig Harbor to Tacoma, but it really put the harbor on the map when the bridge collapsed in 1950. These days, two Narrows Bridges span the Sound, providing quick and reliable access for visiting and commuting.
Cross the Narrows from West Tacoma and you're in the Maritime City, historically a fishing village that also offered opportunities for boat building and lumber work. Now its both a quaint tourist destination, and popular place for families and boaters to settle. Known for postcard views of Mt. Rainier, a line-up of cafe's, galleries, pubs, breweries, and local history, Gig Harbor maintains much of its nostalgic charm downtown, while expanding into new inland shopping areas and neighborhoods.
Waterfront sidewalks, populated with walkers and joggers, are also dotted with Heritage Markers illuminating the history of the harbor. Summertime brings free outdoor concerts, movies in the park, and the 7 Seas Brewing Anniversary Bash, while highly rated public schools, as well as Tacoma Community College's Gig Harbor Campus keep students and families in the harbor year round.
Population: Roughly 7,620
Diversity: 86.96% White, 1.05% Black, 3.64% Asian
Median Income: $41,823
Median House Value: $339,200