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Halibut Cove, Alaska
The harbor at Halibut Cove
The harbor at Halibut Cove
Location of Halibut Cove, Alaska
Location of Halibut Cove, Alaska
Country United States
State Alaska
Borough Kenai Peninsula
 • Total 11.49 sq mi (29.76 km2)
 • Land 8.32 sq mi (21.55 km2)
 • Water 3.17 sq mi (8.21 km2)
20 ft (6 m)
 • Total 60
 • Density 7.21/sq mi (2.78/km2)
Time zone UTC-9 (Alaska (AKST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-8 (AKDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 907
FIPS code 02-31270

Halibut Cove is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska, United States. The population was 76 at the 2010 census, up from 35 in 2000.

Originally a fishing village, Halibut Cove is now home to several artists and businesses. One of the only floating U.S. post offices is there. A popular tourist destination, the cove offers several lodges and cabins and the only way to get around the cove is by boat.


Halibut Cove is located at 59°35′51″N 151°14′5″W / 59.59750°N 151.23472°W / 59.59750; -151.23472 (59.597549, -151.234607).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 11.4 square miles (30 km2), of which, 8.1 square miles (21 km2) of it is land and 3.2 square miles (8.3 km2) of it (28.61%) is water.

Visitors reach Halibut Cove by private boat from Homer; by the locally operated ferry, the Danny J.; or by float plane. There is no road access; the primary modes of transportation within the cove are by foot, skiff, or ATV.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1940 23
1960 25
1970 44 76.0%
1980 47 6.8%
1990 78 66.0%
2000 35 −55.1%
2010 76 117.1%
2020 60 −21.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

Halibut Cove first appeared on the 1940 U.S. Census as an unincorporated village. It did not appear on the 1950 census, but returned again in 1960, and in every successive census to date. It was made a census-designated place (CDP) in 1980.

The cove seen from atop the Arch Trail

As of the census of 2010, there were 76 people, 34 households, and 21 families residing in the CDP. There were 161 housing units, of which 127, or 78.9%, were vacant. 99 of the vacant housing units were for seasonal or vacation use. The racial makeup of the CDP was 86.8% white, 6.6% Alaska Native American, and 6.6% from two or more races.

Of the 34 households, 17.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.9% were headed by married couples living together, and 38.2% were non-families. 32.4% of all households were individuals, and 14.7% were someone living alone age 65 years or older. The average household size was 2.24, and the average family size was 2.57.

In the CDP, 10.5% of the population were under the age of 18, 13.1% were from 18 to 24, 23.6% were from 25 to 44, 38.1% were from 45 to 64, and 14.5% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47.5 years. For every 100 females, there were 117.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 119.4 males.

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