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Ketchikan Gateway Borough
City (left) and former borough governments
City (left) and former borough governments
Map of Alaska highlighting Ketchikan Gateway Borough
Location within the U.S. state of Alaska
Map of the United States highlighting Alaska
Alaska's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Alaska
Incorporated September 6, 1963
Seat Ketchikan
Largest city Ketchikan
 • Total 6,654 sq mi (17,230 km2)
 • Land 4,858 sq mi (12,580 km2)
 • Water 1,795 sq mi (4,650 km2)  27.0%%
 • Total 13,948
 • Density 2.09618/sq mi (0.80934/km2)
Time zone UTC−9 (Alaska)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−8 (ADT)
Congressional district At-large

Ketchikan Gateway Borough is a borough located in the U.S. state of Alaska. As of the 2020 census its population was 13,948, up from 13,477 in 2010. The borough seat is Ketchikan. The borough is the second most populous borough in Southeast Alaska, the first being Juneau Borough.

Ketchikan Gateway Borough comprises the Ketchikan, AK Micropolitan Statistical Area.


The borough has a total area of 6,654 square miles (17,230 km2), of which 4,858 square miles (12,580 km2) is land and 1,795 square miles (4,650 km2) (27.0%) is water. On May 19, 2008 a large part of the former Prince of Wales-Outer Ketchikan Census Area was annexed, including the remainder of Misty Fjords National Monument that was not already in the borough, making the current figures much larger than these. A map of the current area can be seen here:

Adjacent boroughs and census areas

National protected areas


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 10,070
1970 10,041 −0.3%
1980 11,316 12.7%
1990 13,828 22.2%
2000 14,070 1.8%
2010 13,477 −4.2%
2020 13,948 3.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2020

According to the 2010 census, there were 13,477 people, 5,305 households, and 3,369 families residing in the borough. The population density was 11 people per square mile (4/km2). There were 6,166 housing units at an average density of 5 per square mile (2/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 68.7% White, 0.7% Black or African American, 14.3% Native American, 7.1% Asian (5.8% Filipino, 0.3% Chinese, 0.2% Japanese), 0.2% Pacific Islander (0.1% Hawaiian), 0.7% from other races, and 8.3% from two or more races. 4.3% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 3.31% reported speaking Tagalog at home, while 1.65% speak Spanish.

The median income for a household in the city was $61,695, and the median income for a family was $45,417. Males had a median income of $35,139 versus $37,500 for females. The per capita income for the city was $29,520. About 8.3% of the population were below the poverty line.

In 2000, there were 5,399 households, out of which 36.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.50% were married couples living together, 11.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.70% were non-families. 26.10% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56, and the average family size was 3.10.

In the borough, the population was spread out, with 28.20% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 31.40% from 25 to 44, 25.10% from 45 to 64, and 7.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 104.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.30 males.


Ketchikan City Hall, Alaska
Headquarters of Ketchikan's city government (right) and former headquarters of the borough government (left)



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