GIG HARBOR — It’s not a surprise to the people who live there, but the city of Gig Harbor was recently named one of the top 10 places to retire in the country.
According to a recent study, Gig Harbor was named the fourth best place to retire in the country. It came in behind Cumming, Ga., Naples, Fla., and Beverly Hills, Calif.
The study, by the financial planning website SmartAsset, looked at the tax burden, number of doctors’ offices per 1,000 people and the number of retirement centers per 1,000 people.
In Gig Harbor, the tax burden is 15.3 percent, there are 11.8 doctors’ offices per 1,000 people, and 3.2 recreation centers per 1,000 people. For the 24.6 percent of the population who are seniors living in the city, these factors were identified as making the area one of the best places to live.
This isn’t the first time Gig Harbor has been recognized as a good place to retire. In 2019, the Pierce County city was named the No. 1 spot to retire in Washington in front of Sequim, Snohomish, and Olympia. In recent years, the city has seen more retirement homes show up in the area, including the $145 million community Heron’s Key, which consists of apartment and cottage-style living units.