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Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska
Map
Map of Alaska highlighting Kenai Peninsula Borough
Location in the state of Alaska
Map of the USA highlighting Alaska
Alaska's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded January 1, 1964
Seat Soldotna
Largest City Kenai
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

24,752 sq mi (64,107 km²)
16,075 sq mi (41,634 km²)
8,677 sq mi (22,473 km²), 35.1%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

58,059
3.4/sq mi (1/km²)
Time zone Alaska: UTC-9/-8
Website: www.borough.kenai.ak.us
Named for: Kenai Peninsula

Kenai Peninsula Borough is a borough of the U.S. state of Alaska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 55,400. The borough seat is Soldotna.

The borough includes the Kenai Peninsula and adjacent areas of the mainland of Alaska.

Geography

The borough has a total area of 24,752 square miles (64,110 km2), of which 16,075 square miles (41,630 km2) is land and 8,677 square miles (22,470 km2) (3.4%) is water.

Adjacent boroughs and census areas

National protected areas

  • Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge (part of Gulf of Alaska unit)
    • Chiswell Islands
    • Tuxedni Wilderness
  • Chugach National Forest (part)
  • Katmai National Park and Preserve (part)
    • Katmai Wilderness (part)
  • Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
    • Kenai Wilderness
  • Lake Clark National Park and Preserve (part)
    • Lake Clark Wilderness (part)

Ecology

Bear Lake, and the Trail Lakes, have been the site of salmon enhancement activities. Both sites are managed by the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association Some of the fish hatched at these facilities are released into the famous Homer fishing hole. Cook Inlet Keeper and the Cook Inlet Regional Citizen's Advisory Council are groups that attempt to influence public policy on the use of the areas resources.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 6,097
1970 14,250 133.7%
1980 25,282 77.4%
1990 40,802 61.4%
2000 49,691 21.8%
2010 55,400 11.5%
Est. 2015 58,059 4.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

As of the census of 2000, there were 49,700 people, 18,400 households, and 12,700 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1/km² (3/sq mi). There were 24,900 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 86% white, 7% Native American, 2% Hispanic or Latino (any race), and 4% from two or more races. Black or African Americans, Asians, and Pacific Islanders each were less than 1% of the population. Just under 1% were from other races combined. 1.92% reported speaking Russian at home, while 1.74% speak Spanish.

There were 18,400 households out of which 38% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55% were married couples living together, 9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31% were non-families. 25% of all households were made up of individuals and 5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.6 and the average family size was 3.2.

In the borough the population was spread out with 30% under the age of 18, 7% from 18 to 24, 30% from 25 to 44, 26% from 45 to 64, and 7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 109 males; for every 100 females age 18 and over there were 110 males.

Communities

Kenai Peninsula Borough Building
The George A. Navarre Building on Binkley Street in downtown Soldotna serves as the administrative headquarters for the borough and its school district. Navarre moved to Kenai in 1957, owned and operated a variety of Kenai-based businesses, and served as an early mayor of the borough. His son, Mike Navarre, is the borough's current mayor.

Cities

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities


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