About Gig Harbor

Gig Harbor - The Maritime City

Incorporated in 1946, Gig Harbor is one of the most picturesque small cities in America. The city was named by members of the Wilkes Expedition who, in 1840, 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: 10,320

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. The words to the song can be found here.

City Mission Statement

Dedicated to our community through teamwork, public service, safety, and respect.