Whittier, Alaska

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Population in 2017: 208 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: +14.3%
Males: 93  (45.1%)
Females: 115  (54.9%)
Median resident age:

41.6 years
Alaska median age:

34.5 years

Zip code: 99693

Estimated median household income in 2017: $67,404 (it was $47,500 in 2000)
Whittier:

$67,404
AK:

$73,181

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $38,813 (it was $25,700 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $77,517 (it was $39,000 in 2000)
Whittier:

$77,517
AK:

$273,100

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $80,211; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $81,708; occupied boats, rvs, vans, etc.: $177,440

Median gross rent in 2017: $834.

March 2019 cost of living index in Whittier: 103.6 (near average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 11.9%
(8.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 14.3% for American Indian residents, 10.3% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Whittier, AK (2017)
    • 19761.8%White alone
    • 3310.3%Asian alone
    • 247.5%Two or more races
    • 247.5%Hispanic
    • 216.6%American Indian alone
    • 123.8%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
    • 61.9%Black alone

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 8 (8 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

38.83
Alaska average:

1.73
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Ancestries: German (5.7%), Scotch-Irish (4.6%), Czech (3.6%), American (1.5%), European (1.5%), Irish (1.5%).

Current Local Time: AKST time zone

Incorporated in 1969

Land area: 12.5 square miles.

Population density: 17 people per square mile   (very low).

Whittier, Alaska map

14 residents are foreign born (2.8% Asia, 0.6% Europe, 0.6% Oceania).

This city:

4.4%
Alaska:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $463 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $507 (0.9%)

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 )

Latitude: 60.77 N, Longitude: 148.68 W

Area code: 907

Distribution of median household income in Whittier, AK in 2017
Distribution of house value in Whittier, AK in 2017

Whittier tourist attractions:

Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

9.9%
Alaska:

7.2%
Most common industries in Whittier, AK (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Public administration (14.4%)
  • Accommodation & food services (12.2%)
  • Construction (11.1%)
  • Water transportation (7.8%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (7.8%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (6.7%)
  • Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction (4.4%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (14.5%)
  • Public administration (10.9%)
  • Water transportation (9.1%)
  • Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction (7.3%)
  • Other transportation, support activities, couriers (7.3%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (7.3%)
  • Accommodation & food services (7.3%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Public administration (20.0%)
  • Accommodation & food services (20.0%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (14.3%)
  • Educational services (11.4%)
  • Social assistance (8.6%)
  • Construction (5.7%)
  • Food & beverage stores (5.7%)
Most common occupations in Whittier, AK (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (12.2%)
  • Life, physical, and social science technicians (7.8%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4.4%)
  • Cashiers (4.4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4.4%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (4.4%)
  • Construction traders workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (4.4%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (10.9%)
  • Construction traders workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (7.3%)
  • Rail and water transportation workers (7.3%)
  • Postsecondary teachers (5.5%)
  • Carpenters (5.5%)
  • Woodworkers (5.5%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (5.5%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Life, physical, and social science technicians (14.3%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (14.3%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (11.4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (11.4%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (8.6%)
  • Child care workers (8.6%)
  • Top executives (5.7%)

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 Whittier 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 the city 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 Whittier center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), energy magnitude (ME), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Valdez-Cordova Census Area (3) is a lot smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Flood: 1, Freeze: 1, Storm: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Airports located in Whittier:

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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Points of interest:

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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
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

For population 15 years and over in Whittier:

Marital status in Whittier, AK
  • Never married: 36.4%
  • Now married: 36.8%
  • Separated: 3.2%
  • Widowed: 5.4%
  • Divorced: 18.2%

For population 25 years and over in Whittier:

  • High school or higher: 85.6%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 20.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.5%
  • Unemployed: 15.9%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 12.6 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.9
Alaska average:

10.6

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Whittier
2008 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

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

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant1,56321
Other4725
Catholic4373
Mainline Protestant3455
Orthodox3284
Black Protestant1841
None6,307-
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: 8
Here:

8.43 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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
Here:

7.38 / 10,000 pop.
Alaska:

2.30 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 12
Valdez-Cordova Census Area:

12.65 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.82 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Valdez-Cordova Census Area:

6.3%
State:

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

31.8%
Alaska:

27.8%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Whittier:

48.2%
State:

49.9%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Here:

41.1%
Alaska:

48.3%

Average BMI:
Here:

28.7
Alaska:

28.7

People feeling badly about themselves:
Whittier:

21.0%
Alaska:

21.6%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Whittier:

10.0%
Alaska:

10.0%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Whittier:

6.7
Alaska:

6.8

Overweight people:
Whittier:

32.5%
Alaska:

33.9%

General health condition:
This city:

54.4%
Alaska:

57.7%

Average condition of hearing:
Whittier:

77.8%
Alaska:

80.9%

More about Health and Nutrition of Whittier, AK Residents
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
Water Transport and Terminals 7$26,535$45,4890$0
Financial Administration 4$18,750$56,2500$0
Streets and Highways 3$12,033$48,1320$0
Police Protection - Officers 3$15,750$63,0000$0
Sewerage 1$7,401$88,8120$0
Health 1$5,920$71,0400$0
Water Supply 1$7,404$88,8480$0
Other Government Administration 0$0 0$0
Parks and Recreation 0$0 0$0
Totals for Government 20$93,793$56,2760$0

Whittier government finances - Expenditure in 2016 (per resident):

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $717,000 ($3447.12)
    General - Other: $435,000 ($2091.35)
    Housing and Community Development: $32,000 ($153.85)
    General Public Buildings: $6,000 ($28.85)
  • Current Operations - Sea and Inland Port Facilities: $1,146,000 ($5509.62)
    Central Staff Services: $530,000 ($2548.08)
    Police Protection: $447,000 ($2149.04)
    Regular Highways: $301,000 ($1447.12)
    Financial Administration: $273,000 ($1312.50)
    Health - Other: $273,000 ($1312.50)
    Water Utilities: $191,000 ($918.27)
    Sewerage: $127,000 ($610.58)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $100,000 ($480.77)
    Parking Facilities: $64,000 ($307.69)
    Local Fire Protection: $45,000 ($216.35)
    General Public Buildings: $17,000 ($81.73)
    General - Other: $13,000 ($62.50)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $13,000 ($62.50)
    Local Fire Protection: $4,000 ($19.23)
    Health - Other: $1,000 ($4.81)
    General Public Building: $1,000 ($4.81)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $1,380,000 ($6634.62)

Whittier government finances - Revenue in 2016 (per resident):

  • Charges - Other: $1,254,000 ($6028.85)
    Sewerage: $189,000 ($908.65)
    Parking Facilities: $134,000 ($644.23)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $9,000 ($43.27)
  • Miscellaneous - Rents: $171,000 ($822.12)
    General Revenue - Other: $103,000 ($495.19)
    Interest Earnings: $12,000 ($57.69)
    Donations From Private Sources: $5,000 ($24.04)
    Fines and Forfeits: $4,000 ($19.23)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $283,000 ($1360.58)
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $2,074,000 ($9971.15)
    General Local Government Support: $1,491,000 ($7168.27)
    Highways: $720,000 ($3461.54)
    Housing and Community Development: $32,000 ($153.85)
  • Tax - Property: $655,000 ($3149.04)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $323,000 ($1552.88)
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $3,000 ($14.42)

Whittier government finances - Cash and Securities in 2016 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $9,290,000 ($44663.46)

9.84% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($52,711 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.84%
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  1.56% ($52,790 average AGI)
from Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK  0.55% ($57,182)
from Matanuska-Susitna Borough, AK  0.53% ($93,857)


9.62% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($59,278 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.62%
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  1.59% ($50,317 average AGI)
to Matanuska-Susitna Borough, AK  0.98% ($76,051)
to Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK  0.63% ($50,600)

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
  • 4Number of bridges
  • 26ft / 8.5mTotal length
  • 312Total average daily traffic
  • 16Total average daily truck traffic
  • 380Total future (year 2035) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

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

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

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

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

3
  • 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: 44.0400 MHz, Grant Date: 05/31/2013, Expiration Date: 03/18/2023, Certifier: Bart Browning, Registrant: Alaska Railroad Corporation, 1224 Whitney Road, Anchorage, AK 99510-7500, Phone: (907) 265-3901, Fax: (907) 265-2685, Email:
  • Lat: 60.773000 Lon: -148.683778, Call Sign: WRCX383,
    Assigned Frequencies: 452.087 MHz, 457.087 MHz, 451.412 MHz, 456.412 MHz, 452.512 MHz, 457.512 MHz, Grant Date: 02/19/2019, Expiration Date: 02/19/2029, Certifier: Robert G Neumann, Registrant: National License, 12591 Brompton Road, Carmel, IN 46033, Phone: (317) 564-8018, 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:

2
  • 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: 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

Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Whittier, AK
  • 78.2%Utility gas
  • 18.2%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 3.6%Electricity
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Whittier, AK
  • 89.1%Utility gas
  • 6.3%Electricity
  • 4.7%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


Whittier compared to Alaska state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage above state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage below 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 below state average.
There is 1 pilot and no other airmen in this city.
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