Kenai Peninsula Facts

Posted: Saturday, May 26, 2001

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.

The majority of the population is between the ages of 25 and 49.

The average family monthly income is $2,544.

Percentage of peninsula residents who hold at least a bachelor's degree: 17.9

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: Six

Total amount of estimated potential prizes from these derbies: $100,000

Number of former Peninsula Oiler minor league baseball players who now play in the majors: 26

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

Estimated number of unincorporated cities on the Kenai Peninsula: 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 and Peninsula Clarion

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