Whittier, Alaska

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Population in 2013: 222 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: +22.0%
Males: 118  (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 (it was $25,700 in 2000)

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 2009: 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 - 166 (69.2%)
  • Two or more races - 32 (13.3%)
  • Hispanic - 13 (5.4%)
  • American Indian alone - 10 (4.2%)
  • Asian alone - 10 (4.2%)
  • Black alone - 3 (1.3%)
  • 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: 97.2%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 24.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.3%
  • Unemployed: 15.9%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 12.6 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Whittier city:

  • Never married: 25.8%
  • Now married: 37.7%
  • Separated: 1.5%
  • Widowed: 2.5%
  • Divorced: 32.4%

17 residents are foreign born (3.9% Europe, 3.9% Asia).

This city:  7.5%
Alaska:  6.7%

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

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

Whittier tourist attractions:

Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

6.5%
Alaska:

6.7%

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%)

Average climate in Whittier, Alaska

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

Whittier-area historical earthquake activity is above Alaska state average. It is 804% 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 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 193.7 miles away from Whittier center
On 8/27/1904 at 21:56:06, a magnitude 8.3 (8.3 UK) earthquake occurred 235.2 miles away from the city center
On 10/9/1900 at 12:28:00, a magnitude 8.3 (8.3 UK) earthquake occurred 306.9 miles away from the city center
On 11/30/1987 at 19:23:19, a magnitude 7.9 (6.7 MB, 7.6 MS, 7.9 MW, 7.1 ML, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 250.4 miles away from Whittier center
On 3/6/1988 at 22:35:38, a magnitude 7.8 (6.8 MB, 7.6 MS, 7.8 MW, 7.4 ML) earthquake occurred 321.5 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), energy magnitude (ME), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Airports located in Whittier:

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

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Whittier:

  • University of Alaska Anchorage (about 49 miles; Anchorage, AK; Full-time enrollment: 12,483)
  • Charter College-Anchorage (about 49 miles; Anchorage, AK; FT enrollment: 2,983)
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (about 284 miles; Fairbanks, AK; FT enrollment: 6,397)
  • Whatcom Community College (about 1318 miles; Bellingham, WA; FT enrollment: 3,265)
  • Western Washington University (about 1322 miles; Bellingham, WA; FT enrollment: 13,875)
  • Peninsula College (about 1328 miles; Port Angeles, WA; FT enrollment: 2,012)
  • Skagit Valley College (about 1343 miles; Mount Vernon, WA; FT enrollment: 3,803)

Public high school in Whittier:

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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: 650, Groundwater):
Past 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

Whittier compared to Alaska state average:

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

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012

Whittier travel time to work - commute Whittier mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (68%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (18%)
  • Electricity (10%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (3%)

2008 Presidential Elections Results

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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%
Here: 22.5%
USA: 50.2%

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 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 4$18,750$56,2500$0
Police Protection - Officers 3$15,750$63,0000$0
Streets and Highways 3$12,033$48,1320$0
Water Transport and Terminals 7$26,535$45,4890$0
Health 1$5,920$71,0400$0
Sewerage 1$7,401$88,8120$0
Water Supply 1$7,404$88,8480$0
Totals for Government 20$93,793$56,2760$0

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

  • Current Operations - Sea and Inland Port Facilities: $636,000 ($2864.86)
    General - Other: $564,000 ($2540.54)
    Police Protection: $248,000 ($1117.12)
    Health Services - Other: $162,000 ($729.73)
    Water Utilities: $117,000 ($527.03)
    Sewerage: $43,000 ($193.69)
    Fire Protection: $16,000 ($72.07)
    Parks & Recreation: $2,000 ($9.01)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $964,000 ($4342.34)

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

  • Charges - Sea and Inland Port Facilities: $719,000 ($3238.74)
    All Other: $57,000 ($256.76)
    Sewerage: $43,000 ($193.69)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Support: $22,000 ($99.10)
    Highways: $2,000 ($9.01)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $5,000 ($22.52)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $80,000 ($360.36)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Support: $123,000 ($554.05)
  • Tax - Total General Sales: $197,000 ($887.39)
    Property: $190,000 ($855.86)
    Other Selective Sales: $94,000 ($423.42)
    NEC: $9,000 ($40.54)
    Motor Vehicle License: $4,000 ($18.02)

10.01% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($49,572 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

10.01%
Alaska average:

8.87%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Anchorage Municipality, AK  1.92% ($53,795 average AGI)
from Matanuska-Susitna Borough, AK  0.60% ($55,870)
from Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK  0.47% ($51,278)


10.55% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($46,337 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

10.55%
Alaska average:

8.83%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Anchorage Municipality, AK  2.25% ($54,198 average AGI)
to Matanuska-Susitna Borough, AK  0.63% ($39,875)
to Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK  0.44% ($44,235)

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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