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Overview

Introduction to Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan, Alaska, in Prince Of Wales Outer Ketchikan county, is 620 miles NW of Bellingham, Washington (center to center) and 689 miles NW of Seattle, Washington. The city contains a population of approximately 7,922.

Ketchikan History

Mike Martin purchased 160 acres of land from Chief Kyan in 1885, and this area later became the township of Ketchikan. The Cape Fox Tlingits and Tongass used Ketchikan Creek as a fish camp. They called the area 'kitschk-hin' which meant 'thundering wings of an eagle.' The large resources of timber and fish attracted the non-natives to Ketchikan. In 1892, the Ketchikan Post Office was established. Seven canneries were in operation by 1936. Later on, several lumber mills opened in the city.

Ketchikan and nearby Attractions

  • Tongass Historical Museum
  • Dolly's House Museum
  • Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary
  • Ketchikan Public Library
  • Fawn Lake

Things To Do In Ketchikan

The city of Ketchikan has several museums including the Totem Heritage Center, Dolly's House Museum, and Tongass Historical Museum. While in the city, one can also visit the Ketchikan Public Library. There are a number of lakes, including Fawn Lake and Scout Lake, which are popular tourist haunts of the city. In addition, the city organizes several recreational events such as the annual Blueberry Festival.

Ketchikan Transportation

The Ketchikan International Airport provides facility for air transportation.

Ketchikan Higher Education

Peninsula College, Whatcom Community College, Western Washington University, Skagit valley College, and Olympic College offer facilities for higher education.

People

Total Population 8,197
Male Share of the Population 51.1%
Female Share of the Population 48.9%
Senior Citizens 11.9%
Employed Population 16+ 3,869
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 41.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.2%
Median Earnings25+ $33,302
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,452
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,735

Wealth

Median Family Income $70,000
% Above Poverty Level 83.4%
% Below Poverty Level 16.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 10 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 15.2%
% Using Public Transportation 4.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 35.7%
Median Gross Rent $966
Median House Value $224,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 46.2%
US/American 0.1%
English 8.6%
Irish 11%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Ketchikan Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 620 miles NW of Bellingham, Washington (center to center)
Nearest Large City 689 miles NW of Seattle, Washington
County Prince of Wales-Outer Ketchikan
Standard Zip Codes 99901
P.O. Box Zip Codes 99903, 99918, 99919
Phone Area Codes 907
Time Zone Alaska (-9 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 55.6
Longitude -131.98

Ketchikan Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station KETCHIKAN
Distance 20.1 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 49 F
Jul Temp 51 to 64 F
Oct Temp 41 to 51 F
Annual Precip 137.4 inches
Station BEAVER FALLS
Distance 25.1 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 36 F
Apr Temp 36 to 50 F
Jul Temp 52 to 65 F
Oct Temp 41 to 50 F
Annual Precip 149.3 inches
Station ANNETTE AP
Distance 41.4 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 40 F
Apr Temp 38 to 50 F
Jul Temp 52 to 64 F
Oct Temp 42 to 51 F
Annual Precip 100.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Coffman Cove 150 $77,969

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Ketchikan Public Libraries

Library
Ketchikan Public Library
629 DOCK STREET
Ketchikan, Alaska
(907) 225-3331
Library Web Site

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Ketchikan Hospitals

KETCHIKAN GENERAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
3100 TONGASS AVE
(907) 225-5171
Emergency Service: Yes

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Ketchikan High Schools

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KETCHIKAN HIGH SCHOOL
2610 4TH AVE.
907-225-9815
Serves 647 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.9

REVILLA JR/SR HIGH SCHOOL
3131 BARANOF AVE.
907-225-6681
A Non-traditional School
Serves 163 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 40.8

KETCHIKAN CORRESPONDENCE
2931 BARANOF AVE.
907-225-6226
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 26 students.

NAUKATI SCHOOL
NAUKATI
907-629-4121
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 17 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.8

PORT PROTECTION SCHOOL
PORT PROTECTION
907-489-2228
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 15 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.5

WHALE PASS SCHOOL
WHALE PASS
907-846-5320
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 11 students.

KASAAN SCHOOL
BOX KXA
907-542-2217
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 11 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11

KETCHIKAN REGIONAL YOUTH FACILITY
3058 5TH AVE.
907-225-8900
A Non-traditional School
Serves 2 students.

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