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Gig Harbor - The Maritime City

Discovered in 1840 and incorporated in 1946, Gig Harbor is one of the most picturesque small cities in America. The city was named from the Wilkes Expedition in which the crew 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.

The current population is 9,065 
Average Seasonal Temperatures: Summer 65F to 80F / 35F to 50F
Average Annual Rainfall - 37 inches (wettest / Dec - driest / Jul) 
Altitude: Sea level to 440 feet

On January 11, 2015 the City Council passed a resolution to adopt Under a Gig Harbor Moon as the official city song.  To listen, click here.