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Kenai, Alaska - Basic Facts

The City of Kenai had a population of 7,025 as of July 1, 2017. Kenai ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Alaska. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Kenai is located at latitude 60.5623 and longitude -151.208 in Kenai Peninsula Borough. The formal boundaries for the City of Kenai (see map below) encompass a land area of 28.59 sq. miles and a water area of 6.82 sq. miles. Kenai Peninsula Borough is in the Alaska time zone (GMT -9). The elevation is 85 feet.

The City of Kenai (GNIS ID: 2419407) 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 Kenai is located within the Kenai-Cook Inlet Census Subarea of Kenai Peninsula 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 Kenai population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Kenai: De Pawlofsk, Fort Kenai, Fort Nicholas, Kenai Redoute, Kenay, Pavlovskaya, Redaute Saint Nikolaus, Redut Svataya Nikolaya, Saint Nicholas Fort.

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Kenai, AK Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 7,025
Daytime Population: Workers 4,852
Daytime Population: Residents 3,538
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 8,390
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.19
Population in Households 6,971
Population in Familes 5,409
Population in Group Qrtrs 54
Population Density2 246
Diversity Index3 46


Median Household Income $61,162
Average Household Income $78,348
Per Capita Income $31,334


Total Housing Units 3,203 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,626 (50.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,160 (36.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 417 (13.0%)
Median Home Value $197,917
Average Home Value $235,716


Total Households 2,786
Average Household Size 2.5
Family Households 1,741
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.15% -0.05%
Households -0.11% -0.02%
Families -0.37% -0.21%
Median Household Income   1.31%
Per Capita Income   1.95%

Kenai, AK - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Kenai to the other 354 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Alaska by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 16 96th
Population Density # 35 90th
Diversity Index # 119 67th
Median Household Income # 86 76th
Per Capita Income # 104 71st

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