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Ketchikan, Alaska - Basic Facts

The City of Ketchikan had a population of 7,979 as of July 1, 2016. Ketchikan ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Alaska. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Ketchikan is located at latitude 55.3572 and longitude -131.6749 in Ketchikan Gateway Borough. The formal boundaries for the City of Ketchikan (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.35 sq. miles and a water area of 1.54 sq. miles. Ketchikan Gateway Borough is in the Alaska time zone (GMT -9). The elevation is 20 feet.

The City of Ketchikan (GNIS ID: 2419408) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Ketchikan is located within the Ketchikan Census Subarea of Ketchikan Gateway Borough. Census subareas are statistical subdivisions of the county equivalents used in Alaska (boroughs, city and boroughs, municipalities, and census areas) and are the statistical equivalent of Micro Civil Divisions (MCDs) used in other states.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Ketchikan population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Ketchikan: Kichikan, Kitchikan, Kitskan.

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Ketchikan, AK Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 7,979
Population in Households 7,755
Population in Familes 5,611
Population in Group Qrtrs 224
Population Density1 1,833
Diversity Index2 65


Total Households 3,179
Average Household Size 2.44
Family Households 1,792
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 3,772 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,532 (40.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,647 (43.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 593 (15.7%)
Median Home Value $250,287
Average Home Value $256,637


Median Household Income $48,462
Average Household Income $67,433
Per Capita Income $26,853
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.14% -0.08%
Households -0.4% -0.11%
Families -0.81% -0.38%
Median Household Income   -0.18%
Per Capita Income   0.99%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Ketchikan, AK - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Ketchikan to the other 354 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Alaska by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 13 97th
Population Density1 # 2 100th
Diversity Index2 # 34 91st
Median Household Income # 169 53rd
Per Capita Income # 161 55th

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