Ketchikan, AK Profile: Facts & Data


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Ketchikan, Alaska - Basic Facts

The City of Ketchikan had a population of 8,073 as of July 1, 2018. 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.

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

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Ketchikan, AK Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 8,073
Population in Households 7,851
Population in Familes 5,694
Population in Group Qrtrs 222
Population Density2 1,855
Diversity Index3 65


Median Household Income $51,123
Average Household Income $67,612
Per Capita Income $27,029


Total Housing Units 3,798 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,616 (42.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,614 (42.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 568 (15.0%)
Median Home Value $268,774
Average Home Value $268,847


Total Households 3,230
Average Household Size 2.43
Family Households 1,819
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.03% 0.0%
Households -0.11% -0.06%
Families -0.43% -0.23%
Median Household Income   2.17%
Per Capita Income   2.41%

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, 2018 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 # 12 97th
Population Density # 2 100th
Diversity Index # 34 91st
Median Household Income # 163 54th
Per Capita Income # 167 53rd

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