Kenai Peninsula Facts

Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2003

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

Approximate population of the peninsula: 50,000

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: 7,000

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.

Per capita income is $20,949 a year.

The average family monthly income is $4,508.

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 first cannery was built on peninsula: 1882

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

Year Alaska became 49th state: 1959

Year Kenai Peninsula Borough was incorporated: 1964

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

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

Number of city-sponsored fishing derbies on peninsula: 6

Total amount of estimated prizes awarded from these derbies: More than $100,000

Estimated number of former Peninsula Oilers baseball players and coaches who have made it to Major League Baseball: more than 100

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: Around 30

Average January temperature: 17 degrees Fahrenheit

Average July temperature: 55 degrees Fahrenheit

Average annual precipitation: 32 inches.

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

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