Happy Valley, Alaska

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Population in 2010: 593.
Population change since 2000: +21.3%
Males: 311  (52.5%)
Females: 282  (47.5%)
Median resident age:

47.7 years
Alaska median age:

34.5 years

Zip codes: 99639.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $42,768 (it was $30,139 in 2000)
Happy Valley:

$42,768
AK:

$73,181

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $29,264 (it was $19,377 in 2000)

Happy Valley CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $172,725 (it was $86,900 in 2000)
Happy Valley:

$172,725
AK:

$273,100

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $240,355; detached houses: $253,515; mobile homes: $67,050

Median gross rent in 2017: $977.

March 2019 cost of living index in Happy Valley: 107.7 (more than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 16.5%
(14.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 46.4% for American Indian residents)
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  • Races in Happy Valley, AK (2010)
    • 51286.3%White alone
    • 355.9%American Indian alone
    • 315.2%Two or more races
    • 122.0%Hispanic
    • 20.3%Asian alone
    • 10.2%Black alone

Races in Happy Valley detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

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Ancestries: English (26.6%), Irish (10.6%), German (8.2%), American (5.5%), Dutch (5.5%), Italian (3.8%).

Current Local Time: AKST time zone

Land area: 88.6 square miles.

Population density: 6.7 people per square mile   (very low).

Happy Valley, Alaska map

4 residents are foreign born

This place:

0.6%
Alaska:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $1,194 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $1,138 (0.5%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Anchorage, AK (108.7 miles , pop. 260,283).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (2333.6 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities:

Ninilchik, AK (2.6 miles ),
Nikolaevsk, AK (3.1 miles ),
Anchor Point, AK (3.5 miles ),
Diamond Ridge, AK (4.5 miles ),
Kachemak, AK (4.6 miles ),
Miller Landing, AK (4.7 miles),
Fritz Creek, AK (4.7 miles ),
Homer, AK (4.7 miles )

Latitude: 59.95 N, Longitude: 151.72 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 907

Distribution of median household income in Happy Valley, AK in 2017
Distribution of house value in Happy Valley, AK in 2017
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

8.6%
Alaska:

7.2%
Most common industries in Happy Valley, AK (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Accommodation & food services (17.6%)
  • Construction (16.5%)
  • Wood products (6.5%)
  • Educational services (6.5%)
  • Public administration (5.9%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (4.7%)
  • Gasoline stations (4.7%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (24.0%)
  • Wood products (9.0%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (8.0%)
  • Public administration (8.0%)
  • Accommodation & food services (8.0%)
  • Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction (5.0%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (5.0%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Accommodation & food services (31.4%)
  • Educational services (11.4%)
  • Food & beverage stores (7.1%)
  • Construction (5.7%)
  • Gasoline stations (5.7%)
  • Health care (5.7%)
  • Food (4.3%)
Most common occupations in Happy Valley, AK (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (7.6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7.6%)
  • Fishing, hunting, and forestry occupations (5.9%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (5.3%)
  • Other food preparation and serving workers, including supervisors (5.3%)
  • Transportation, tourism, and lodging attendants (4.7%)
  • Carpenters (4.1%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Transportation, tourism, and lodging attendants (8.0%)
  • Fishing, hunting, and forestry occupations (8.0%)
  • Carpenters (7.0%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (7.0%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6.0%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.0%)
  • Construction traders workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (5.0%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (15.7%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (11.4%)
  • Other food preparation and serving workers, including supervisors (8.6%)
  • Food and beverage serving workers, except waiters and waitresses (7.1%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (7.1%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5.7%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (4.3%)

Average climate in Happy Valley, Alaska

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

Happy Valley-area historical earthquake activity is above Alaska state average. It is 797% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 3/28/1964 at 03:36:12, a magnitude 9.2 (9.2 UK, Class: Great, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 157.9 miles away from Happy Valley center, causing $1,020,000,000 total damage
On 10/9/1900 at 12:28:00, a magnitude 8.3 (8.3 UK) earthquake occurred 207.7 miles away from the city center
On 11/3/2002 at 22:12:41, a magnitude 8.5 (7.0 MB, 8.5 MS, 7.9 MW, 8.1 ME, Depth: 3.0 mi) earthquake occurred 280.5 miles away from the city center
On 8/27/1904 at 21:56:06, a magnitude 8.3 (8.3 UK) earthquake occurred 281.2 miles away from the city center
On 12/23/1906 at 17:22:00, a magnitude 7.6 (7.6 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 228.4 miles away from Happy Valley center
On 11/7/1912 at 07:40:24, a magnitude 7.5 (7.5 UK) earthquake occurred 206.3 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), energy magnitude (ME), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)
Happy Valley topographic map

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Happy Valley:

  • University of Alaska Anchorage (about 108 miles; Anchorage, AK; Full-time enrollment: 12,483)
  • Charter College-Anchorage (about 108 miles; Anchorage, AK; FT enrollment: 2,983)
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (about 362 miles; Fairbanks, AK; FT enrollment: 6,397)
  • Whatcom Community College (about 1390 miles; Bellingham, WA; FT enrollment: 3,265)
  • Western Washington University (about 1394 miles; Bellingham, WA; FT enrollment: 13,875)
  • Peninsula College (about 1395 miles; Port Angeles, WA; FT enrollment: 2,012)
  • Skagit Valley College (about 1414 miles; Mount Vernon, WA; FT enrollment: 3,803)

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Creeks: Happy Creek (A), Stariski Creek (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Kenai Peninsula Borough has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential
Average household size:
This place:

2.2 people
Alaska:

2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:

61.1%
Whole state:

66.2%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:

7.0%
Whole state:

8.6%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 1.5% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.7% of all households

For population 15 years and over in Happy Valley:

Marital status in Happy Valley, AK
  • Never married: 31.9%
  • Now married: 52.9%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 5.3%
  • Divorced: 9.9%

For population 25 years and over in Happy Valley:

  • High school or higher: 89.4%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 12.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 1.5%
  • Unemployed: 16.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 30.1 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.1
Alaska average:

10.6

2008 Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Happy Valley, AK (based on Kenai Peninsula Borough data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant9,68881
Other3,07913
Catholic2,8106
Mainline Protestant1,40715
Orthodox8598
None37,557-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 25
Kenai Peninsula Borough:

4.71 / 10,000 pop.
Alaska:

3.30 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

0.19 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.33 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Kenai Peninsula Borough:

0.19 / 10,000 pop.
Alaska:

0.52 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 16
Kenai Peninsula Borough:

3.01 / 10,000 pop.
Alaska:

2.30 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 71
This county:

13.38 / 10,000 pop.
Alaska:

7.82 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Kenai Peninsula Borough:

6.7%
Alaska:

6.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

29.4%
State:

27.8%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Here:

54.4%
Alaska:

49.9%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Happy Valley:

54.0%
State:

48.3%

Average BMI:
Here:

28.8
Alaska:

28.7

People feeling badly about themselves:
This city:

21.2%
Alaska:

21.6%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Happy Valley:

13.3%
Alaska:

10.0%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.9
State:

6.8

Overweight people:
Happy Valley:

38.1%
Alaska:

33.9%

General health condition:
This city:

60.0%
Alaska:

57.7%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

81.9%
State:

80.9%

More about Health and Nutrition of Happy Valley, AK Residents

6.85% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($57,105 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.85%
Alaska average:

7.70%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Anchorage Municipality, AK  1.35% ($66,051 average AGI)
from Matanuska-Susitna Borough, AK  0.40% ($53,581)
from Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK  0.20% ($78,851)


6.61% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($55,382 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.61%
Alaska average:

8.52%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Anchorage Municipality, AK  1.21% ($56,387 average AGI)
to Matanuska-Susitna Borough, AK  0.46% ($54,318)
to Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK  0.23% ($50,259)

Strongest AM radio stations in Happy Valley:

  • KBBI (890 AM; 10 kW; HOMER, AK; Owner: KACHEMAK BAY BROADCASTING INC)
  • KGTL (620 AM; 5 kW; HOMER, AK; Owner: PENINSULA COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KENI (650 AM; 50 kW; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KFQD (750 AM; 50 kW; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • KSLD (1140 AM; 10 kW; SOLDOTNA, AK; Owner: KSRM, INC)
  • KSRM (920 AM; 5 kW; SOLDOTNA, AK; Owner: KSRM, INC.)
  • KBYR (700 AM; 10 kW; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: COBB COMMUNICATIONS,INC.)
  • KUDO (1080 AM; 10 kW; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: CHINOOK CONCERT BROADCASTERS, INC.)
  • KHAR (590 AM; 5 kW; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • KTZN (550 AM; 5 kW; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KJNP (1170 AM; 50 kW; NORTH POLE, AK; Owner: EVAN. ALASKA MISSIONARY FELLOWSHIP)
  • KCHU (770 AM; 10 kW; VALDEZ, AK; Owner: TERMINAL RADIO, INC.)
  • KDLG (670 AM; 10 kW; DILLINGHAM, AK; Owner: DILLINGHAM CITY SCHOOLS)

TV broadcast stations around Happy Valley:

  • K39AA (Channel 39; NINILCHIK, AK; Owner: STATE OF ALASKA)
  • K15AG (Channel 15; NINILCHIK, ETC., AK; Owner: STATE OF ALASKA)
  • K21AM (Channel 21; NINILCHIK, ETC., AK; Owner: ALASKA PUBLIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • K27AI (Channel 27; NINILCHIK, ETC., AK; Owner: STATE OF ALASKA)
  • K33AF (Channel 33; NINILCHIK, ETC., AK; Owner: STATE OF ALASKA)
  • K59AR (Channel 59; ANCHOR POINT, AK; Owner: STATE OF ALASKA)
  • K62AM (Channel 62; ANCHOR POINT, AK; Owner: STATE OF ALASKA)
  • K51AF (Channel 51; ANCHOR POINT, AK; Owner: STATE OF ALASKA)

Happy Valley fatal accident list:

Dec 25, 2013 01:27 PM, Sr-1 Sterling Highway, Lat: 59.963567, Lon: -151.729381, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1, Drunk persons involved: 1

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • Happy Valley Camp (Lat: 69.151333 Lon: -148.842833), Call Sign: WXT736, Licensee ID: L00002062,
    Assigned Frequencies: 47.3800 MHz, 47.3800 MHz, Grant Date: 06/11/2013, Expiration Date: 08/12/2023, Registrant: State Of Alaska, 5900 E Tudor Rd, Anchorage, AK 99507

FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers:

1
  • Happy Valley Airport (Lat: 69.146611 Lon: -148.832833), Call Sign: WXA5, Licensee ID: L00011273,
    Assigned Frequencies: 130.100 MHz, Grant Date: 10/10/2000, Expiration Date: 09/13/2005, Cancellation Date: 01/07/2006, Registrant: Alaska Aviation Radio Inc, 1776 K St Nw, Washington, DC 20006

Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Happy Valley, AK
  • 55.5%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 29.7%Wood
  • 6.1%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 2.6%Electricity
  • 2.6%Coal or coke
  • 2.2%Utility gas
  • 1.3%Other fuel
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Happy Valley, AK
  • 72.5%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 15.0%Wood
  • 12.5%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


Happy Valley compared to Alaska state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.
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