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Overview

Introduction to Kenai, Alaska

Kenai, Alaska, in Kenai Peninsula county, is 63 miles SW of Anchorage, Alaska.

Kenai History

The Kachemak people were the earliest inhabitants of the place now known as Kenai, and had settled in the area around 1000 BC. The Dena'ina Athabaskan people removed them around 1000 A.D. Kenai is named after Kenai Peninsula. It is possibly derived from the Russian word "Kenayskaya," which means "flat barren land." However, according to other sources, the place was named after the local Athabaskan tribe. Russian fur traders first reached Kenai in 1741. Alexander King, a prospector, discovered gold in the region in 1888. In 1940, a number of farmhouses were opened in Kenai, and in 1951 the first dirt road was constructed. A military base opened in 1953, and it served as a major post for communication. Oil was discovered near Kenai in 1957, and, with this discovery, Alaska witnessed a period of major growth.

Kenai earby Attractions

  • Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center
  • Pratt Museum
  • Beaver Creek
  • Alaska SeaLife Center
  • Captain Cook State Recreation Area

Things To Do In Kenai

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center houses museum exhibits and features Russian, Athabaskan, and Aleut cultural artifacts. Located in the Kenai Peninsula county, the city of Kenai also offers easy access to the Pratt Museum. The Kenai Fine Arts Center offers studio space and hosts art exhibitions. The Kenai Community Library provides more information on the historical and cultural heritage of the region. The Alaska SeaLife Center features exhibits related to the marine ecosystems of Alaska. In addition, the 3,460-acre Captain Cook State Recreation Area offers facilities for boating, canoeing, and fishing.

Kenai Transportation

Air transportation is provided by Kenai Municipal Airport.

Kenai Higher Education

Residents of Kenai have easy access to the University of Alaska - Anchorage, and the Alaska Pacific University.

Demographics

People

Total Population7,551
Male Share of the Population48.4%
Female Share of the Population51.6%
Senior Citizens12.1%
Employed Population 16+3,244
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married48.8%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher22.7%
Median Earnings25+$41,140
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$40,165

Wealth

Median Family Income$75,931
% Above Poverty Level86.8%
% Below Poverty Level13.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home4.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.5%
% Using Public Transportation2.3%

Housing

People Living Alone37.4%
Median Gross Rent$899
Median House Value$209,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)35.8%
German20.1%
Irish13.7%
English11.4%
Polish5.5%
Norwegian4.3%
Scottish3%
Swedish2.2%
Dutch1.9%
Italian1.8%
Czech1.7%
French Except Basque1.5%
Russian1.2%
Danishn1.1%
Finnish0.8%
Trinidad Tobago0.7%
West Indian0.7%
Hungarian0.7%
Swiss0.6%
Canadian0.6%
Portuguese0.5%
Welsh0.5%
Arab0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Syrian0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Romanian0.2%
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Kenai Almanac

CategoryValue
County Kenai Peninsula Borough
Standard Zip Codes99611
P.O. Box Zip Codes99635
Phone Area Codes907
Time ZoneAmerica/Anchorage
Approximate Latitude60.66
Approximate Longitude-150.9

Kenai Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationKENAI MUNICIPAL AP
Distance2.2 miles
Jan Temp6 to 21 F
Apr Temp27 to 43 F
Jul Temp48 to 62 F
Oct Temp27 to 41 F
Annual Precip18.9 inches
StationBIG RIVER LAKES
Distance39.7 miles
Jan Temp10 to 24 F
Apr Temp28 to 44 F
Jul Temp48 to 68 F
Oct Temp29 to 43 F
Annual Precip54.9 inches
StationCOOPER LANDING 5 W
Distance44.2 miles
Jan Temp7 to 23 F
Apr Temp24 to 46 F
Jul Temp44 to 68 F
Oct Temp24 to 42 F
Annual Precip21.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Soldotna4,471$69,138

Kenai Public Libraries

Kenai Community Library
163 MAIN STREET LOOP
Kenai, Alaska
(907) 283-4378

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Kenai Public Schools

Aurora Borealis Charter School
705 Frontage Rd Suite A
ZIP: 99611
Primary
Total Enrollment 188
Kaleidoscope School Of Arts & Sciences
549 N Forest Dr
ZIP: 99611
Primary
Total Enrollment 253
Kenai Alternative High School
705 Frontage Road #c
ZIP: 99611
High
Total Enrollment 76
Kenai Central High School
9583 Kenai Spur Hwy
ZIP: 99611
High
Total Enrollment 501
Kenai Middle School
201 Tinker Lane
ZIP: 99611
Middle
Total Enrollment 381
Marathon School
405 Marathon Road
ZIP: 99611
High
Total Enrollment 9
Mt. View Elementary
315 Swires Road
ZIP: 99611
Primary
Total Enrollment 450

Kenai Private Schools

Grace Evangelical Lutheran School
47585 Ciechanski Rd
ZIP: 99611
Elementary
Total Enrollment 35
Wings Christian Academy
39030 Kalifornsky Beach Rd
ZIP: 99611
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 17
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