Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska

Kenai Peninsula Borough: Borough in Alaska, United States

About

Kenai Peninsula Borough is a county located in the U.S. state of Alaska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 55,400 and a population density of 1 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 county had an estimated population of 59,414 inhabitants. Its county seat is Soldotna. The county was created 60 years ago in 1963.

The Kenai Peninsula juts out into the Gulf of Alaska south of Anchorage. The borough contains several towns including Soldotna, Homer, Seward and Kenai. Russian fur traders first established settlements in the area in the 1700s. Later, the Kenai Peninsula became known for fishing, oil drilling and coal mining industries. Today it remains an important tourism and recreation destination.

Major Communities on the Peninsula

Some of the main cities and towns on the Kenai Peninsula include:

  • Kenai - One of the oldest communities, established in 1776 as a Russian fur post. Home to the famous Kenai River known for trophy salmon fishing.
  • Soldotna - Located at the intersection of two highways, Soldotna serves as a commercial hub on the central peninsula.
  • Homer - Known as the “Halibut Fishing Capital of the World” and features stunning views across Kachemak Bay.
  • Seward - Picturesque port town and gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park with abundant outdoor activities.

Things to See and Do

Top attractions and activities on the Kenai Peninsula:

  • Embark on a glacier cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park to see whales, sea otters and tidewater glaciers.
  • Catch monster king salmon on a guided sportfishing trip on the Kenai River.
  • Hike through pristine wilderness and camp in Chugach National Forest.
  • Browse the shops and art galleries in the quaint towns of Homer and Soldotna.
  • Learn about indigenous culture and early Russian history at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

With its natural beauty, ancient glaciers, abundant wildlife and world-class fishing, the Kenai Peninsula offers unlimited outdoor adventures and small town Alaskan charm.

Kenai Peninsula Borough locator map
Location of Kenai Peninsula Borough on Alaska map.

Quick Facts about Kenai Peninsula Borough

Population : 59,414 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Alaska (United States)
Area : 64114 km2
Water as percent of area : 35.1%
Land as percent of area : 64.9%
Named for : Kenai Peninsula
Altitude : 72 feet / 22 meters
Capital : Soldotna
Establishment : January 01, 1964
Time Zone : Alaska Time Zone
Local time : 10:12:26 (25th May 2024)
Density : 1 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 6.76% (2010-2020)
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Geography

Kenai Peninsula Borough is located at 60°25'0"N 151°15'2"W (60.4166700, -151.2505600). It has 2 neighbors: Kodiak Island Borough and Matanuska Susitna Borough.

Kenai Peninsula Borough map

The largest city of Kenai Peninsula Borough is Kenai with a population of 7,890. Other cities include, Homer population 6,034, Soldotna population 4,790, Seward population 2,927 and Ridgeway population 2,022. See all Kenai Peninsula Borough cities & populated places.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Populated Places

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Kenai Peninsula Borough.

City Name Population Title
Kenai 7,890 City in Alaska
Kalifornsky 7,850 Census designated place in Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska
Homer 6,034 City in Alaska, USA
Soldotna 4,790 City in Alaska, USA
Nikiski 4,493 Census-designated place in Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska
Seward 2,927 City in Alaska, USA
Ridgeway 2,022 American city in Iowa
Bear Creek 1,956 Town in Marion County, Alabama, USA
Fritz Creek 1,932 Census-designated place in Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska
Anchor Point 1,930 Census-designated place in Alaska, United States
Cohoe 1,364 Census-designated place in Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska
Diamond Ridge 1,156 Census-designated place in Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska
Kachemak 494 City in Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska, United States
Seldovia 278 City in Alaska

Kenai Peninsula Borough has 2 neighbours.

Demographics

The population of Kenai Peninsula Borough increased by 6.76% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 55,400 - census
2011 56,299 1.6% estimation process
2012 56,900 1.06% estimation process
2013 57,014 0.2% estimation process
2014 57,558 0.95% estimation process
2015 58,034 0.82% estimation process
2016 58,458 0.73% estimation process
2017 58,558 0.17% estimation process
2018 58,561 0.01% estimation process
2019 58,708 0.25% estimation process
2020 59,414 1.19% estimation process

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