Gig Harbor, WA

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Living in Gig Harbor

Gig Harbor is a somewhat small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Washington. With a population of 10,422 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Gig Harbor is the 105th largest community in Washington.

Gig Harbor home prices are not only among the most expensive in Washington, but Gig Harbor real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Gig Harbor is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.27% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Gig Harbor is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Gig Harbor who work in healthcare (13.09%), management occupations (10.74%), and office and administrative support (9.67%).

Also of interest is that Gig Harbor has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

A relatively large number of people in Gig Harbor telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 10.54% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

One of the nice things about Gig Harbor is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

If knowledge is power, Gig Harbor is a pretty powerful place. 50.91% of the adults in Gig Harbor have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Gig Harbor in 2010 was $43,349, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $173,396 for a family of four.

Gig Harbor is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Gig Harbor home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Gig Harbor residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Gig Harbor include German, Irish, English, Norwegian, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Gig Harbor is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.