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'''Gig Harbor''' is a city in [[Pierce County, Washington|Pierce, [[Washington]], [[United States]]. The population was 6,465 at the 2000 census.
Gig Harbor is known as the gateway to the [[Olympic Peninsula]]. 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. Gig Harbor is located along [[Washington State Route 16]], about four miles from its origin at [[Interstate 5]], over the [[Tacoma Narrows Bridge]]. An $849 million project to add a second span to the bridge is currently underway. During off-peak traffic times, Tacoma can be reached in 20 minutes and Seattle in less than an hour.
Based on [[Washington locations by per capita income|per capita income]], Gig Harbor ranks 49th of 522 areas in the state of Washington to be ranked.
There are a number of attractions for locals and tourists alike to enjoy in Gig Harbor.
As the first destination on the Kitsap Peninsula after crossing the Narrows Bridge, this quaint Maritime Village is a favorite destination for people all over the world. This is a city that has preseved its history but also has many events that make this a vibrant community with incredible scenery, galleries, upscale shops, restaurants, beautiful gardens and many recreational activities.
Perhaps the most well known is The Tides Tavern. Located at the South end of downtown on Harborview Drive, this tavern has been around for decades. It stands on pilings built over the waters of Gig Harbor Bay and provides outdoor, as well as indoor seating for patrons. Enjoying a meal on the waterside deck is a great opportunity to watch boats enter and leave the harbor. On summer days, there is a non-stop parade of boats passing in front of the deck. The Tides Tavern also has its own private (but for public use) dock so that patrons may arrive by boat. In the summer, many boats will spend their entire day tied alongside the dock while their owners socialize with other boaters and bar patrons. The waterside deck also provides an excellent vantage point to observe the sometimes inebriated boat owners on the dock.
Immediately adjacent to the Tides Tavern is the Russel Foundation Building. The building is built mostly below street level, so from the street you can walk directly onto its parklike public roof space which provides views of the harbor and educates visitors about Gig Harbor's history.
A couple blocks north on Harborview Drive is Jerisich Park. This park, combined with the adjacent Skansie Brothers Park, is a large, open, waterfront space with grass, decks, benches, and a covered Pavilion for community events. It is also home to the Fisherman Memorial, one of Gig Harbor's popular landmarks. This large bronze statue, which depicts a fisherman hauling in his catch, was commissioned in memory of Gig Harbor's fishermen, with special gratitude to those who lost their lives at sea. The parks often play host to fairs and events ranging from the annual Holiday tree lighting ceremony and Blessing of the Fleet, to musical concerts and art festivals. There is also a public use moorage dock where boaters can stay, free of charge, for a limited time.
At the mouth of the harbor a short sandspit is open to the public and houses a small lighthouse. The beach is public, but access is difficult and parking is limited.
If you like to BMX or need to go for a walk then go to gig harbor city park
As of the [[census]] of [[2000]], there are 6,465 people, 2,880 households, and 1,765 families residing in the city. The [[population density]] is 573.8/km² (1,485.2/mi²). There are 3,085 housing units at an average density of 273.8/km² (708.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 94.17% White, 1.11% [[African American]], 0.63% [[Native Americans in the United States|Native American]], 1.53% [[Asia|Asian]], 0.22% Pacific Islander, 0.54% from other races, and 1.79% from two or more races. 3.03% of the population are [[Hispanic]] or [[Latino]] of any race.
There are 2,880 households out of which 25.1% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% are married couples living together, 9.0% have a female householder with no husband present, and 38.7% are non-families. 33.2% of all households are made up of individuals and 16.4% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.16 and the average family size is 2.75.
In the city the population is spread out with 20.3% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, and 23.4% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 45 years. For every 100 females there are 83.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 78.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $43,456, and the median income for a family is $57,587. Males have a median income of $46,250 versus $28,487 for females. The per capita income for the city is $28,318. 5.9% of the population and 3.5% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 7.8% are under the age of 18 and 4.1% are 65 or older.