Kenai Peninsula facts

Posted: Monday, April 10, 2006

· Size of the Kenai Peninsula in square miles: 25,600; of that only 15,600 is land.

· Approximate population of the peninsula: 51,000.

· Average number of square miles per person: 0.3, compared to New York which has 0.003 square miles per person.

· Approximate population of Kenai, the largest city on the peninsula: 7,100.

· Kenai is the sixth largest city in the state of Alaska, while Homer ranks 14th and Soldotna 15th.

· The median age on the peninsula is 36.3 years, compared to a median age of 32.4 for the state.

· Percentage of peninsula residents who hold at least a bachelor’s degree: 20.3 percent.

· Highest point on peninsula: Truuli Peak, 6,612 feet above sea level (midway between Homer and Seward in the Harding Icefield).

· Year the first cannery was built on peninsula: 1882.

· Year oil was first discovered in Alaska: 1957 at Swanson River.

· Year Alaska became the 49th state: 1959.

· Year the Kenai Peninsula Borough was incorporated: 1964.

· Size of the world-record king salmon pulled from Kenai River: 97.25 pounds in 1985.

· Estimated size of the state-record halibut caught in Cook Inlet: 466 pounds in 1989.

· Number of Iditarod Sled Dog Race champions from the Kenai Peninsula: two — Dean Osmar of Clam Gulch, 1984; Mitch Seavey of Sterling, 2004.

· Number of incorporated cities on the Kenai Peninsula: Six — Kenai, Soldotna, Homer, Seward, Seldovia and Kachemak City.

· Estimated number of unincorporated towns and villages on the Kenai Peninsula: 30.

· Average January temperature: 17 degrees.

· Average July temperature: 55 degrees.

· Average annual precipitation: 32 inches.

Sources: Alaska Atlas and Gazetteer, National Weather Service, Kenai Peninsula Borough and Peninsula Clarion.

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