Ketchikan, Alaska

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Location of Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan is a Alaska's fifth-largest city (in terms of population), and is located in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Alaska. Ketchikan, whose economy is based upon tourism and fishing, is known as the "King Salmon Capital of the World." The Misty Fjords National Monument is one of the area's major attractions.

Ketchikan is named after Ketchikan Creek, which flows through the town. Ketchikan comes from the Tlingit name for the creek, Kitschk-hin. Ketchikan also has the world's largest collection of standing totem poles located at three major locations: Saxman Village, Totem Bight, and the Totem Heritage Center.

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Geography

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A view of downtown Ketchikan on a typical rainy day in May, 2002.

Ketchikan is located at 55°20'52" North, 131°39'51" West (55.347669, -131.664253)Template:GR.

Ketchikan is located on Revillagigedo Island, 90 miles north of Prince Rupert, British Columbia and 235 miles south of Juneau, Alaska.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.7 km² (4.1 mi²). 8.7 km² (3.4 mi²) of it is land and 2.0 km² (0.8 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 18.60% water.

  • Average annual rainfall is 151 inches; annual average snowfall is 37 inches.
  • The average high temperature in July is 58 degrees Fahrenheit, and the average low temperature in January is 33 degrees Fahrenheit.


Demographics

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Looking downCreek Street in Ketchikan, Alaska. Salmon travel up the creek during spawning season to lay their eggs.

As of the censusTemplate:GR of 2000, there are 7,922 people, 3,197 households, and 1,956 families residing in the city. The population density is 907.6/km² (2,348.6/mi²). There are 3,645 housing units at an average density of 417.6/km² (1,080.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 67.41% White, 0.74% Black or African American, 17.60% Native American, 6.85% Asian, 0.20% Pacific Islander, 0.52% from other races, and 6.68% from two or more races. 3.38% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 3,197 households out of which 33.9% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.6% are married couples living together, 13.9% have a female householder with no husband present, and 38.8% are non-families. 31.7% of all households are made up of individuals and 7.9% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.42 and the average family size is 3.07.

In the city the population is spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 30.9% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 9.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 101.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 103.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $45,802, and the median income for a family is $52,529. Males have a median income of $41,926 versus $30,411 for females. The per capita income for the city is $22,484. 7.6% of the population and 4.9% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 8.3% of those under the age of 18 and 4.8% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

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Ketchikan's "Liquid Sunshine Gauge." The town experienced record annual rainfall in 1949, with 202.55 inches measured.

Trivia

  • One of Ketchikan's landmarks is Creek Street, a former red light district.
  • Ketchikan claims to have the heaviest average rainfall in North America, and therefore measures its rainfall in feet, not inches. Like many towns in Alaska, Ketchikan refers to precipitation as "Liquid Sunshine."
  • Half of the town is constructed on solid ground, while the other half sits over water, supported by piles.

See also

External links

  • Ketchikan (http://www.city.ketchikan.ak.us/) official website

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Alaskan Bush | Interior | North Slope | Panhandle | South Central | Tanana Valley
Largest cities
Anchorage | Barrow | Bethel | Fairbanks | Homer | Juneau | Kenai | Ketchikan | Kodiak | Kotzebue | Nome | Palmer | Petersburg | Seward | Sitka | Unalaska | Valdez | Wasilla
Boroughs and census areas
Aleutians East | Aleutians West | Anchorage | Bethel | Bristol Bay | Denali | Dillingham | Fairbanks North Star | Haines | Juneau | Kenai Peninsula | Ketchikan Gateway | Kodiak Island | Lake and Peninsula | Matanuska-Susitna | Nome | North Slope | Northwest Arctic | Prince of Wales - Outer Ketchikan | Sitka | Skagway-Hoonah-Angoon | Southeast Fairbanks | Valdez-Cordova | Wade Hampton | Wrangell-Petersburg | Yakutat | Yukon-Koyukuk


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