Life in Ketchikan

The USA average is 39 days of solid rain in Ketchikan, AK. There are 100 sunny days in Ketchikan, on average. The population of Ketchikan is 8,272 (2017). Ketchikan’s history dates back to 1882, when a man named Snow built a salmon saltery. Two years later, businessmen from Portland, Oregon hired a man, Mike Martin to investigate possibilities of building a Salmon Cannery on the banks of Ketchikan Creek.

Ketchikan is best known for three things; feisty salmon, idyllic scenery, and incredibly rich Alaska Native Culture. Seattle, Washington is 78.9% more expensive than Ketchikan. The cost of living in Ketchikan is about $249,100.

The five islands of Ketchikan are Revillagigedo, Gravina, Annette, Pennock, and Betton. Ketchikan is named after Ketchikan Creek, which flows through the town. Ketchikan comes from the Tlingit name for Creek. Alaska is one of the only two States that does NOT have counties. Ketchikan is the salmon capital of the world. The current Mayor is Lew Williams III (Since 2009). The current Borough Mayor is David Landis.

– Avaka Arntzen

(In Juneau & Sitka)

If you have additional questions, contact Maude Morse at AHFC:
Maude Morse, CMI
Outreach Specialist II, Mortgage Operations
P.O. Box 101020 | Anchorage, Alaska 99510

Direct: 907-330-8461 | Cell: 907-360-1595 |

Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce
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Ketchikan Gateway Borough Planning Department
Title 18 Zoning Guidelines
Ketchikan Visitors Bureau
Ketchikan Travel Information
Alaska Travelers Accommodations
Independent Accommodations in Ketchikan
Ketchikan Lodging
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Finding a job in Alaska
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Ketchikan Arts and Humanities Council
Local Ketchikan Arts

First City Players
Community Performing Arts

Ketchikan Theater Ballet
Ballet and Dance for all ages

SAIL (Southeast Alaska Independent Living)
Empowering elders and people with disabilities

Community Connections
Supporting Community from early learning through senior services

Ketchikan Youth Initiatives
Local Skatepark and Paintball club

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