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Population in 2012: 220 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: +20.9%
Males: 116  (53.2%)
Females: 104  (46.8%)

Median resident age:  48.0 years
Alaska median age:  35.3 years

Zip code: 99693

Estimated median household income in 2012: $44,791 (it was $47,500 in 2000)
Whittier:

$44,791
AK:

$67,712
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $30,995

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $58,725 (it was $39,000 in 2000)
Whittier:

$58,725
AK:

$245,100
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $121,418; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $112,310; Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $267,140

Median gross rent in 2012: $675.

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  • White alone - 163 (70.0%)
  • Two or more races - 30 (12.9%)
  • Hispanic - 13 (5.6%)
  • American Indian alone - 10 (4.3%)
  • Asian alone - 10 (4.3%)
  • Black alone - 4 (1.7%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone - 3 (1.3%)

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Whittier: 126.2 (high, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: Irish (16.2%), English (10.0%), German (9.3%), Swedish (4.8%), Scottish (3.4%), Greek (1.7%).

Current Local Time: AKST time zone

Incorporated in 1969

Land area: 12.5 square miles.

Population density: 18 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).




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For population 25 years and over in Whittier:

  • High school or higher: 97.8%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 25.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.0%
  • Unemployed: 8.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 12.6 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Whittier city:

  • Never married: 24.4%
  • Now married: 39.5%
  • Separated: 2.0%
  • Widowed: 2.4%
  • Divorced: 31.7%

17 residents are foreign born (4.1% Europe, 4.1% Asia).

This city:  7.7%
Alaska:  6.4%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $363 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $242 (0.5%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Anchorage, AK (46.5 miles , pop. 260,283).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (2285.8 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities: Sunrise, AK (5.1 miles) , Moose Pass, AK (5.6 miles ), Crown Point, AK (5.8 miles) , Hope, AK (5.8 miles) , Primrose, AK (6.1 miles) , Cooper Landing, AK (6.5 miles ), Anchorage, AK (6.8 miles ), Bear Creek, AK (6.9 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 1 building, cost: $21,000
  • 1998: 0 buildings
  • 1999: 0 buildings
  • 2000: 0 buildings
  • 2001: 0 buildings
  • 2002: 0 buildings
  • 2003: 0 buildings
  • 2004: 0 buildings
  • 2005: 0 buildings
  • 2006: 0 buildings
  • 2007: 0 buildings
  • 2008: 0 buildings
  • 2009: 0 buildings
  • 2010: 0 buildings
  • 2011: 0 buildings
  • 2012: 0 buildings

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Latitude: 60.77 N, Longitude: 148.68 W

Area code: 907

Whittier household income distribution Whittier home values distribution

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 4 (4 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

17.70
Alaska average:

1.76

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Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

5.9%
Alaska:

5.9%

Unemployment by year (%)


Population change in the 1990s: -74 (-28.9%).

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Transportation and warehousing (26%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (20%)
  • Construction (12%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (12%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Public administration (27%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (22%)
  • Accommodation and food services (20%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Retail trade (7%)
  • Health care and social assistance (5%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (11%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (7%)
  • Rail and water transportation workers (7%)
  • Postsecondary teachers (5%)
  • Carpenters (5%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (5%)
  • Woodworkers (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (14%)
  • Life, physical, and social science technicians (14%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (11%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (11%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (9%)
  • Child care workers (9%)
  • Top executives (6%)


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Earthquake activity:

Whittier-area historical earthquake activity is above Alaska state average. It is 1392% 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 39.2 miles away from the city center, causing $1,020,000,000 total damage
On 7/12/1983 at 15:10:03, a magnitude 6.4 (6.1 MB, 6.4 MS, 6.3 MS, 6.4 ML, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 44.9 miles away from Whittier center
On 9/7/1983 at 19:22:05, a magnitude 6.2 (6.2 MB, 6.2 MS, 6.2 MS) earthquake occurred 40.0 miles away from the city center
On 1/1/1975 at 03:55:12, a magnitude 5.9 (5.9 MB, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 83.7 miles away from the city center
On 7/22/1999 at 05:35:18, a magnitude 5.6 (5.0 MB, 4.5 MS, 5.6 ML, 5.3 MW, Depth: 28.3 mi) earthquake occurred 43.2 miles away from Whittier center
On 8/14/1984 at 01:02:08, a magnitude 5.7 (5.7 MB, 5.2 MS, 5.4 MS, 5.7 ML) earthquake occurred 73.0 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Political contributions by individuals in Whittier, AK

Airports located in Whittier:

  • Whittier Airport (Runways: 1, Air Taxi Ops: 20, Itinerant Ops: 50, Local Ops: 700)

Local government website: www.ci.whittier.ak.us

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Whittier:

  • University of Alaska Anchorage (about 49 miles; Anchorage, AK; Full-time enrollment: 7,786)
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (about 284 miles; Fairbanks, AK; FT enrollment: 4,287)
  • Whatcom Community College (about 1318 miles; Bellingham, WA; FT enrollment: 2,471)
  • Western Washington University (about 1322 miles; Bellingham, WA; FT enrollment: 12,991)
  • Skagit Valley College (about 1343 miles; Mount Vernon, WA; FT enrollment: 2,820)
  • Everett Community College (about 1368 miles; Everett, WA; FT enrollment: 3,612)
  • Edmonds Community College (about 1375 miles; Lynnwood, WA; FT enrollment: 4,635)

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Notable locations in Whittier: Whittier Volunteer Fire Department (A), Whittier Breakwater Light (B), Eastern Aleutian Tribes Whittier Community Health Center (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

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

Hotels: The Inn at Whittier (Harbor Loop Road) (1), Caribou Inn (501 L Street) (2). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

 
Valdez-Cordova Census Area has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Whittier and their reported violations in the past:

WHITTIER WATER SYSTEM (Population served: 730, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • CCR Complete Failure to Report - Between JUL-01-2005 and NOV-07-2005, Consumer Confidence Rule. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (NOV-07-2005)
  • CCR Complete Failure to Report - Between OCT-19-1999 and NOV-02-1999, Consumer Confidence Rule. Follow-up actions: Fed Compliance achieved (NOV-02-1999)
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
  • One regular monitoring violation

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 14.0%
(9.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 66.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 45.5% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 10.0% for two or more races residents)

Average household size:
This city:  1.9 people
Alaska:  2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  42.1%
Whole state:  66.2%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  12.3%
Whole state:  8.6%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.0% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.9% of all households

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Whittier, AK

Whittier compared to Alaska state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Renting percentage above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
  • Number of rooms per house below state average.
  • House age significantly above state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.


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Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


Whittier travel time to work - commute


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Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (69%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (19%)
  • Electricity (9%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (3%)

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Religion statistics for Whittier city (based on Valdez-Cordova Census Area data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 22.53%
Here22.5%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchOrthodox Church in America: Territorial DiocesesLDS (Mormon) ChurchSouthern Baptist ConventionEvangelical Lutheran Church in America
Adherents29.0%16.2%15.1%8.4%8.4%
Congregations13.6%9.1%13.6%13.6%4.5%
NameAssemblies of GodChurch of the NazareneAmerican Baptist Churches in the USASeventh-Day Adventist ChurchOther
Adherents6.4%6.4%5.0%2.7%2.4%
Congregations13.6%9.1%4.5%9.1%9.1%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 8
Valdez-Cordova Census Area:

8.43 / 10,000 pop.
Alaska:

3.30 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Valdez-Cordova Census Area:

1.05 / 10,000 pop.
Alaska:

0.52 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 7
Valdez-Cordova Census Area:

7.38 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.30 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 12
Here:

12.65 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.82 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

6.3%
Alaska:

6.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Valdez-Cordova Census Area:

31.8%
Alaska:

27.8%

Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 1$2,885$34,6200$0
Other Government Administration 3$14,721$58,8840$0
Police Protection - Officers 2$9,219$55,3140$0
Streets and Highways 2$9,131$54,7860$0
Water Transport and Terminals 6$19,738$39,4762$3,646
Water Supply 2$9,197$55,1820$0
Totals for Government 16$64,891$48,6682$3,646

Whittier government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Sea and Inland Port Facilities: $636,000 ($2890.91)
    General - Other: $564,000 ($2563.64)
    Police Protection: $248,000 ($1127.27)
    Health Services - Other: $162,000 ($736.36)
    Water Utilities: $117,000 ($531.82)
    Sewerage: $43,000 ($195.45)
    Fire Protection: $16,000 ($72.73)
    Parks & Recreation: $2,000 ($9.09)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $964,000 ($4381.82)

Whittier government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sea and Inland Port Facilities: $719,000 ($3268.18)
    All Other: $57,000 ($259.09)
    Sewerage: $43,000 ($195.45)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Support: $22,000 ($100.00)
    Highways: $2,000 ($9.09)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $5,000 ($22.73)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $80,000 ($363.64)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Support: $123,000 ($559.09)
  • Tax - Total General Sales: $197,000 ($895.45)
    Property: $190,000 ($863.64)
    Other Selective Sales: $94,000 ($427.27)
    NEC: $9,000 ($40.91)
    Motor Vehicle License: $4,000 ($18.18)

9.68% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($41,139 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.68%
Alaska average:

9.33%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Anchorage Municipality, AK  1.62% ($46,417 average AGI)
from Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK  0.75% ($51,571)
from Matanuska-Susitna Borough, AK  0.46% ($52,647)


11.33% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($39,243 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

11.33%
Alaska average:

9.43%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Anchorage Municipality, AK  2.51% ($38,811 average AGI)
to Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK  0.90% ($44,471)
to Matanuska-Susitna Borough, AK  0.77% ($43,379)

Strongest AM radio stations in Whittier:

  • KENI (650 AM; 50 kW; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KFQD (750 AM; 50 kW; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • 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)
  • KCHU (770 AM; 10 kW; VALDEZ, AK; Owner: TERMINAL RADIO, INC.)
  • KSLD (1140 AM; 10 kW; SOLDOTNA, AK; Owner: KSRM, INC)
  • KBBI (890 AM; 10 kW; HOMER, AK; Owner: KACHEMAK BAY BROADCASTING INC)
  • KSRM (920 AM; 5 kW; SOLDOTNA, AK; Owner: KSRM, INC.)
  • KJNP (1170 AM; 50 kW; NORTH POLE, AK; Owner: EVAN. ALASKA MISSIONARY FELLOWSHIP)
  • KGTL (620 AM; 5 kW; HOMER, AK; Owner: PENINSULA COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KSWD (950 AM; 1 kW; SEWARD, AK; Owner: NORTHERN RADIO, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Whittier:

  • K202BT (88.3 FM; WHITTIER, AK; Owner: TERMINAL RADIO, INC.)
  • KFAT (92.9 FM; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: NEW NORTHWEST BROADCASTERS, LLC)

TV broadcast stations around Whittier:

  • K09UB (Channel 9; WHITTIER, AK; Owner: STATE OF ALASKA)
  • K02IM (Channel 2; WHITTIER, AK; Owner: WHITTIER HISTORICAL&FINE,ARTS MUSEUM)

National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 7
Total length: 441 meters (1,447ft)
Total average daily traffic: 4,196
Total average daily truck traffic: 119

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Whittier)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

11 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

2
  • At Entrance To Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel (Lat: 60.776917 Lon: -148.693167), Type: Pole, Structure height: 8.6 m, Overall height: 15 m, Call Sign: WPTR456
    Assigned Frequencies: 0.53000 MHz
    Grant Date: 10/04/2011, Expiration Date: 11/29/2021
    Registrant: State Of Alaska, Doa/Itg, 5900 E. Tudor Road, Anchorage, AK 99507, Phone: (907) 269-5749, Fax: (907) 269-5562, Email:
  • Whittier, Mow Facility (Lat: 60.766667 Lon: -148.666667), Type: Bant, Structure height: 7.6 m, Overall height: 10.7 m, Call Sign: WPXE686
    Assigned Frequencies: 37.4400 MHz, 44.0400 MHz
    Grant Date: 03/18/2003, Expiration Date: 03/18/2013, Certifier: Bart Browning
    Registrant: Alaska Railroad Corporation, 1224 Whitney Road, Anchorage, AK 99510-7500, Phone: (907) 265-3901, Fax: (907) 265-2685, Email:

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)

FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers:

11 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

3
  • Call Sign: KB7PHT, Licensee ID: L00430444
    Grant Date: 10/22/2002, Expiration Date: 01/12/2013, Cancellation Date: 06/03/2003, Certifier: Kristoffer P Kerce
    Registrant: Kristoffer P Kerce, Phase #2 Block 12 Lot 3 Salmon Run Road, Whittier, AK 99693
  • Call Sign: NI7X, Licensee ID: L00612084
    Grant Date: 01/31/2008, Expiration Date: 03/12/2018
    Registrant: Richard G Cushing, Whittier, AK 99693
  • Call Sign: KL1MX, Previous Call Sign: KB7PHT, Licensee ID: L00430444
    Grant Date: 10/22/2002, Expiration Date: 01/12/2013, Cancellation Date: 04/15/2004, Certifier: Kristoffer P Kerce
    Registrant: Kristoffer P Kerce, Whittier, AK 99693-0790


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