Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska (AK)

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County population in 2012: 9,717 (all rural); it was 10,195 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,254
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,365
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 2,635
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,347 (it was 1,249 in 2000)
% of renters here:

32%
State:

37%

Land area: 34319 sq. mi.

Water area: 5880.1 sq. mi.

Population density: 0 people per square mile   (very low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Valdez-Cordova Census Area: 103.8 (near average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services (31.0%), Educational, health and social services (19.3%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (14.9%), Manufacturing (13.5%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (10.2%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 67%
  • Government: 11%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 23%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%

Valdez-Cordova Census Area races chart

Races in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (72.1%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (13.2%)
  • Two or more races (6.4%)
  • Asian alone (3.6%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (3.6%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone (0.6%)
Median resident age:  39.0 years
Alaska median age:  33.0 years
Males: 5,143  (56.3%)
Females: 4,493  (43.7%)
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Average household size:
Valdez-Cordova Census Area:

2.0 people
Alaska:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $76,440 ($48,734 in 1999)

This county:

$76440
Alaska:

$72237

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $766 (lower quartile is $619, upper quartile is $1,116)
This county:

$766
State:

$1008


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $186,666 (it was $117,400 in 2000)
Valdez-Cordova Census Area:

$186,666
Alaska:

$254,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $112,378 - $282,983
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,543
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $464

Institutionalized population: 26
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2000: 35 buildings, average cost: $138,200
  • 2001: 32 buildings, average cost: $152,700
  • 2002: 11 buildings, average cost: $142,400
  • 2003: 25 buildings, average cost: $186,500
  • 2004: 21 buildings, average cost: $143,600
  • 2005: 26 buildings, average cost: $175,800
  • 2006: 14 buildings, average cost: $121,500
  • 2007: 32 buildings, average cost: $116,300
  • 2008: 25 buildings, average cost: $125,200
  • 2009: 16 buildings, average cost: $205,500

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $2,547 (1.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,253 (0.9%)

Valdez-Cordova Census Area household income distribution in 2009 Valdez-Cordova Census Area home values distribution Valdez-Cordova Census Area contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 8.3%
(6.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 9.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 18.0% for American Indian residents, 35.3% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 38.8% for other race residents, 7.1% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 7.8%
Valdez-Cordova Census Area:

7.8%
Alaska:

9.3%
(5.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 10.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 20.6% for American Indian residents, 33.3% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 38.8% for other race residents, 5.2% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 37 years old
(Males: 39 years old, Females: 36 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 41 years old, Black residents: 32 years old, American Indian residents: 27 years old, Asian residents: 38 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 26 years old, Other race residents: 23 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Valdez-Cordova Census Area is $702 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $876 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $1230 a month.

Cities in this county include: Valdez, Cordova, Glennallen, Kenny Lake, Copper Center, Gakona, Willow Creek, Whittier, Copperville, Tazlina.

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

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Lakes and reservoirs: Stump Lake (A), Lake Hayden (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Rivers and creeks: Braided Creek (A), Nellie Martin River (B), Patton River (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

6.5%
Alaska:

6.7%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 416
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 88.5%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 21.2%

Number of foreign born residents: 518 (50% naturalized citizens)

Valdez-Cordova Census Area:

5.1%
Whole state:

5.9%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 112
  • 1990 to 1994: 75
  • 1985 to 1989: 67
  • 1980 to 1984: 102
  • 1975 to 1979: 43
  • 1970 to 1974: 36
  • 1970 to 1974: 37
  • 1965 to 1969: 46

Mean travel time to work (commute): 12.7 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 96.3%

Valdez-Cordova Census Area marital status for males Valdez-Cordova Census Area marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Valdez-Cordova Census Area with a mortgage: 918 (63 second mortgage, 57 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 577

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

74.4% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Valdez-Cordova Census Area

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant1,56321
Other4725
Catholic4373
Mainline Protestant3455
Orthodox3284
Black Protestant1841
None6,307-
Valdez-Cordova Census Area Religion Details
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.

Food Environment Statistics:

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

8.43 / 10,000 pop.
State:

3.30 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
This county:

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.
Alaska:

2.30 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 12
This county:

12.65 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.82 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Valdez-Cordova Census Area:

6.3%
Alaska:

6.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Valdez-Cordova Census Area:

31.8%
State:

27.8%

Earthquake activity:

Valdez-Cordova Census Area-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Alaska state average. It is 718% 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 82.4 miles away from Valdez-Cordova Census Area 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 163.1 miles away from the county center
On 8/27/1904 at 21:56:06, a magnitude 8.3 (8.3 UK) earthquake occurred 251.3 miles away from the county 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 204.5 miles away from the county center
On 2/28/1979 at 21:27:06, a magnitude 7.4 (6.4 MB, 7.1 MS, 7.4 UK, 6.9 ML) earthquake occurred 134.7 miles away from Valdez-Cordova Census Area center
On 7/10/1958 at 06:15:53, a magnitude 8.3 (8.3 UK) earthquake occurred 374.5 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), energy magnitude (ME), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Philippines (39%)
  • Canada (6%)
  • Mexico (6%)
  • United Kingdom (4%)
  • Vietnam (4%)
  • Korea (4%)
  • Germany (3%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Valdez-Cordova Census Area (%):

  • German (14%)
  • English (9%)
  • United States or American (8%)
  • Irish (8%)
  • Norwegian (4%)
  • Swedish (4%)
  • French (except Basque) (3%)

Valdez-Cordova Census Area mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 2,662 (61%)
  • Carpooled: 647 (15%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 26 (1%)
  • Taxi: 18 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 9 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 36 (1%)
  • Walked: 642 (15%)
  • Other means: 110 (3%)
  • Worked at home: 245 (6%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska in 2000:

  • 59 people in other workers' dormitories
  • 52 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 17 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms
  • 14 people in military ships
  • 11 people in homes for the physically handicapped
  • 10 people in nursing homes
  • 7 people in military barracks, etc.
  • 6 people in crews of maritime vessels
  • 3 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 2 people in other noninstitutional group quarters

People in group quarters in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska in 2010:

  • 101 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 39 people in college/university student housing
  • 19 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 19 people in maritime/merchant vessels
  • 10 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 6 people in military barracks and dormitories (nondisciplinary)
  • 5 people in hospitals with patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 2 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $67,564.

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.
4.10% relocated from other counties in Alaska ($22,373 average AGI)
5.91% relocated from other states ($27,202 average AGI)
Valdez-Cordova Census Area:

5.91%
Alaska average:

6.04%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


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)
from Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK  0.29% ($77,636)
from King County, WA  0.26% ($34,800)


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.
4.49% relocated to other counties in Alaska ($22,300 average AGI)
6.06% relocated to other states ($24,037 average AGI)
Valdez-Cordova Census Area:

6.06%
Alaska average:

5.99%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


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)
to Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK  0.34% ($71,077)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.8
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.6

Births per 1000 population in Valdez-Cordova Census Area

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 4.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 5.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 5.5

Deaths per 1000 population in Valdez-Cordova Census Area

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.9
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 4.5

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Valdez-Cordova Census Area

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 748 (634 aged, 114 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 15%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 13%

Household type by relationship:

Households: 9,435

Size of family households: 1,088 2-persons, 545 3-persons, 428 4-persons, 208 5-persons, 97 6-persons, 48 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,268 1-person, 233 2-persons, 36 3-persons, 10 4-persons, 4 5-persons, 1 6-persons.

2,161 married couples with children.
657 single-parent households (230 men, 427 women).

91.0% of residents of Valdez-Cordova Census Area speak English at home.
2.3% of residents speak Spanish at home (83% speak English very well, 11% speak English well, 6% speak English not well).
1.3% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (69% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 11% speak English not well).
3.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (40% speak English very well, 41% speak English well, 17% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
2.1% of residents speak other language at home (85% speak English very well, 15% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $155,759,000 ($15632 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $17,806,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $15,515,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $4,187,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $2,283,000
Federal grants: $93,074,000
Federal procurement contracts: $26,285,000 ($16,447,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $14,416,000 ($56,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $802,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $8,905,000
Federal Government insurance: $6,327,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 620
Here:

63 per 1000 residents
State:

80 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 252
Here:

25 per 1000 residents
State:

25 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +95
Here:

+10 per 1000 residents
State:

+9 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -745
Here -75 per 1000 residents
State -7 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Valdez-Cordova Census Area

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 3.94 millions of gallons per day (65% from ground, 35% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.2
State:

5.7

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.0
State:

3.9

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 42
  • 2000 to 2004: 566
  • 1990 to 1999: 973
  • 1980 to 1989: 1,319
  • 1970 to 1979: 1,618
  • 1960 to 1969: 487
  • 1950 to 1959: 603
  • 1940 to 1949: 185
  • 1939 or earlier: 190
Rooms in houses/apartments in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 106
  • 2 rooms: 162
  • 3 rooms: 252
  • 4 rooms: 355
  • 5 rooms: 593
  • 6 rooms: 432
  • 7 rooms: 295
  • 8 rooms: 201
  • 9+ rooms: 239
  • 1 room: 80
  • 2 rooms: 161
  • 3 rooms: 230
  • 4 rooms: 310
  • 5 rooms: 220
  • 6 rooms: 147
  • 7 rooms: 47
  • 8 rooms: 32
  • 9+ rooms: 22
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 120
  • 1 bedroom: 334
  • 2 bedrooms: 554
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,085
  • 4 bedrooms: 392
  • 5+ bedrooms: 150
  • no bedroom: 86
  • 1 bedroom: 320
  • 2 bedrooms: 384
  • 3 bedrooms: 354
  • 4 bedrooms: 88
  • 5+ bedrooms: 17
Cars and other vehicles available in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 148
  • 1 vehicle: 754
  • 2 vehicles: 1,203
  • 3 vehicles: 392
  • 4 vehicles: 86
  • 5+ vehicles: 52
  • no vehicle: 187
  • 1 vehicle: 705
  • 2 vehicles: 292
  • 3 vehicles: 57
  • 4 vehicles: 8
  • 5+ vehicles: 0

53% of Valdez-Cordova Census Area residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 45% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 44% lived in Alaska.

Valdez-Cordova Census Area:

53.1%
State average:

47.2%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $65,000


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 22%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 21%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Valdez-Cordova Census Area
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (79.5%)
  • Wood (11.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (5.5%)
  • Utility gas (1.7%)
  • Electricity (0.8%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (72.8%)
  • Wood (7.4%)
  • Electricity (6.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (6.7%)
  • Utility gas (5.8%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 56
Here:

3.6%
Alaska:

6.9%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 36
Here:

5.7%
Alaska:

5.9%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 79
Here:

22.2%
Alaska:

14.1%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Valdez-Cordova Census Area Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
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Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Valdez-Cordova Census Area Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
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Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Robert2763.1 years
John2469.8 years
George2370.1 years
William2270.2 years
James1373.1 years
Dorothy1077.2 years
Charles1071.4 years
Mary1079.1 years
Thomas953.3 years
Frank980.4 years
Most common last names in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson1167.5 years
Ewan1071.8 years
Anderson871.6 years
Jones760.0 years
Jackson683.5 years
Smith671.7 years
Kompkoff669.3 years
Graham666.7 years
Miller549.0 years
Williams552.7 years
Businesses in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1RadioShack3
FedEx3True Value2
Nike1U-Haul2

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