Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK

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2022 Population
59,235
0.893% 1-year growth
US Senator
Lisa Murkowski
Republican Party
US Senator
Dan Sullivan
Republican Party
US Representative
Mary Peltola
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
41.2
0.483% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
12.5%
5.86% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$76,272
8.02% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$280,900
12.8% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
25,227
2.22% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK had a population of 59.2k people with a median age of 41.2 and a median household income of $76,272. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK grew from 58,711 to 59,235, a 0.893% increase and its median household income grew from $70,609 to $76,272, a 8.02% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK are White (Non-Hispanic) (78%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (7.38%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (6.83%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.71%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (1.64%).

None of the households in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

98.5% of the residents in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK are Alaska Vocational Technical Center (92 degrees awarded in 2022) and Alaska Christian College (9 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK was $280,900, and the homeownership rate was 76.8%.

Most people in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 19.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK is home to a population of 59.2k people, from which 98.5% are citizens. As of 2022, 3.67% of Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK residents were born outside of the country (2.18k people).

In 2022, there were 10.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (46.2k people) in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.37k American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) and 4.05k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.5%
2022 Citizenship
98.8%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98.5% of Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK was 98.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    46.2k ± 355
  2. American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic)
    4.37k ± 377
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    4.05k ± 454
4.43%
Hispanic Population
2.62k people

In 2022, there were 10.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (46.2k people) in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.37k American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) and 4.05k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

4.43% of the people in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK are hispanic (2.62k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Philippines
    20,850 ± 3,494 people
  2. Korea
    3,574 ± 1,464 people
  3. Mexico
    3,318 ± 1,411 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Alaska was Philippines, the natal country of 20,850 Alaska residents, followed by Korea with 3,574 and Mexico with 3,318.

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Foreign-Born Population

3.67%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
2.18k people
3.23%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
1.89k people

As of 2022, 3.67% of Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK residents (2.18k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK was 3.23%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,874 ± 212
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,155 ± 216
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    682 ± 164

Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.62 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK employs 25.2k people. The largest industries in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,298 people), Retail Trade (2,468 people), and Public Administration (2,344 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($113,309), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($81,075), and Utilities ($78,841).

Males in Alaska have an average income that is 1.25 times higher than the average income of females, which is $65,037. The income inequality in Alaska (measured using the Gini index) is 0.436, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

25.2k
2022 Value
± 1,071
2.22%
1 Year growth
± 5.94%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK grew at a rate of 2.22%, from 24.7k employees to 25.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK, are Management Occupations (3,144 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,421 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (2,078 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

25.2k
2022 Value
± 1,071
2.22%
1 Year growth
± 5.94%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK grew at a rate of 2.22%, from 24.7k employees to 25.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK, are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,298 people), Retail Trade (2,468 people), and Public Administration (2,344 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK, though some of these residents may live in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$58,624
Median earning men ± $2,005
$40,429
Median earning women ± $2,459

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($91,420), Wholesale Trade ($82,216), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($78,824).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($66,284), Construction ($59,613), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($55,379).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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3.6%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 317k people employed in Alaska. This represents a 3.6% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 13.7%.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 821
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 425
    Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services
  3. 339
    Retail Trade

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Civics

Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan are the senators currently representing the state of Alaska. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK is currently represented by Mary Peltola in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Alaska

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Lisa Murkowski
Senator from Alaska3
Assumed office on December 20, 2002
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of her father Frank Murkowski, who was elected List of governors of Alaska|Governor of Alaska.
Dan Sullivan
Senator from Alaska2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan are the senators currently representing Alaska.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK

Mary Peltola
Alaska at-large Representative
Democratic Party

Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK is currently represented by Mary Peltola (Democratic Party).

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Education

In 2022, universities in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK awarded 101 degrees. The student population of Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK in 2022 is skewed towards men, with 169 male students and 110 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK are White (48 and 47.5%), followed by American Indian or Alaska Native (25 and 24.8%), Two or More Races (11 and 10.9%), and Unknown (11 and 10.9%).

The largest universities in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK by number of degrees awarded are Alaska Vocational Technical Center (92 and 91.1%) and Alaska Christian College (9 and 8.91%).

The most popular majors in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK are Diesel Mechanics Technology (16 and 15.8%), Construction Engineering Technology (12 and 11.9%), and General Administrative Assistant & Secretarial Science (12 and 11.9%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 279 students enrolled in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK, 60.6% men and 39.4% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in American Indian or Alaska Native with 151 records, of which 53% were women and 47% men.

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Concentrations

In 2022, the most common concentation for 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK was Diesel Mechanics Technology with 16 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 92 degrees awarded
  2. 9 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Alaska Vocational Technical Center with 92 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 65 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK, which is 1.81 times more than the 36 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 48 degrees mean that there were 1.92 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, American Indian or Alaska Native, with 25 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Private not-for-profit, 2-year ($8,500) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 2-year ($194) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 2-year ($80) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.495% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.397% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (168k), Some college (147k), and Bachelors Degree (98.8k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK was $280,900 in 2022, which is 0.996 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $249,100 to $280,900, a 12.8% increase. The homeownership rate in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK is 76.8%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK have an average commute time of 19.7 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK is $76,272. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK was Census Tract 3 with a value of $102,321, followed by Census Tract 9 and Census Tract 4, with respective values of $91,635 and $83,313.

In 2022, 18.6% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 1.17%.

Property

$280,900
Median Property Value 2022
±$7,887
$17,808
Median Property Taxes
±$858

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

76.8%
Homeownership
2022
69.8%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 76.8% of the housing units in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 76.5%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 3
  2. Census Tract 9
  3. Census Tract 4

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK was Census Tract 3 with a value of $102,321, followed by Census Tract 9 and Census Tract 4, with respective values of $91,635 and $83,313.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$76,272
Median Household Income
± $3,470
23.2k
Number of Households
± 1,005

In 2022, the median household income of the 23.2k households in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK grew to $76,272 from the previous year's value of $70,609.

The following chart displays the households in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK is from Alaska.
0.436
2022 Wage GINI in Alaska
0.437
2021 Wage GINI in Alaska

In 2022, the income inequality in Alaska was 0.436 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.308% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Alaska was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Alaska in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (68.2%)
  2. Carpooled (10.9%)
  3. Worked At Home (9.33%)

In 2022, 68.2% of workers in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10.9%) and those who worked at home (9.33%).

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Commute Time

19.7 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK have a shorter commute time (19.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.66% of the workforce in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 18.6% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 1.17%.

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Poverty & Diversity

12.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK (7.27k out of 57.9k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 55 - 64, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 35 - 44.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK is White, followed by Native American and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 14.7% of the children was living in poverty in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 0.1%.

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Health

87.3% of the population of Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK has health coverage, with 38.1% on employee plans, 20.6% on Medicaid, 12.9% on Medicare, 13% on non-group plans, and 2.71% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK see 1305 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.88% decrease from the previous year (1330 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1449 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 311 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 51.4% were men and 48.6% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,305 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK

Primary care physicians in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK see an average of 1,305 patients per year. This represents a 1.88% decrease from the previous year (1,330 patients).

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 23.6% under 18 years, 18.7% between 18 and 34 years, 39.1% between 35 and 64 years, and 18.6% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 51.4% were men and 48.6% were women.

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Uninsured People

12.7%
Uninsured
38.1%
Employer Coverage
20.6%
Medicaid
12.9%
Medicare
13%
Non-Group
2.71%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK declined by 1.33% from 12.8% to 12.7%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 60.4 in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK.

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Health Behaviors

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In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 27.4% in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 13.8% in Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK.

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