Ask the Mayor

Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2002

Borough numbers: it's big, residents are getting older'

Editor's Note: The following weekly column is designed to help answer residents' questions about the Kenai Peninsula Borough and its government.

Question: How big is the Kenai Peninsula Borough and what is the population?

Answer: The Kenai Peninsula Borough covers a total of 24,737 square miles with 16,220 square miles of land. This also includes property on the west side of Cook Inlet. The borough is larger than 10 states:

State Square Miles

1 Rhode Island 1,045

2 Delaware 1,955

3 Connecticut 4,845

4 Hawaii 6,423

5 New Jersey 7,419

6 Massachusetts 7,838

7 New Hampshire 8,969

8 Vermont 9,249

9 Maryland 9,775

10 West Virginia 24,087

The Kenai Peninsula Borough's population has grown from 40,802 to 49,691 in the last 10 years, an increase of 21.8 percent. There are five first-class cities in the borough: Kenai (population, 6,942) increased 9.7 percent; Homer (population, 3,946) increased 7.8 percent; Seldovia (population, 286) decreased 9.5 percent; Seward (population, 2,830) increased 4.9 percent; and Soldotna (population, 3,759) increased 8 percent. There is also a second-class city, called Kachemak City ( population, 431), which increased 18.1 percent. The population of the borough shifted from 59 percent of the population living outside the cities to 63 percent living outside the cities. This will have an impact on assembly redistricting.

Another interesting statistic in the recent Census data was a large change in the median age of borough residents -- from 31 years old in 1990 to 36.3 years old in 2000.

You may send your questions to:

Mayor Bagley

144 N. Binkley

Soldotna, AK 99669

Fax: (907) 262-8616

e-mail: bdove@borough.kenai.ak.us



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