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 8,753 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 89.54% 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 (13.12%), sales jobs (11.69%), and management occupations (9.99%).
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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.10% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.
The education level of Gig Harbor ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Gig Harbor, 47.34% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in Gig Harbor in 2010 was $43,857, which is wealthy relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $175,428 for a family of four. However, Gig Harbor contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Gig Harbor is a very 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 English, Irish, Scottish, and Norwegian.
The most common language spoken in Gig Harbor is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Russian.