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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. 2012 cost of living index in Valdez-Cordova Census Area: 105.0 (more than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (25.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 61%
  • Government: 29%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 10%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%

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Races in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska:


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 2009: $63,269 ($48,734 in 1999)
This county:

$63269
Alaska:

$66953

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $745 (lower quartile is $496, upper quartile is $1,098)
This county:

$745
State:

$903


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $172,281 (it was $117,400 in 2000)
Valdez-Cordova Census Area:

$172,281
Alaska:

$232,900
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $68,237 - $244,561

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $268,861
Here:

$268,861
State:

$264,617

Townhouses or other attached units: $762,275
Here:

$762,275
State:

$213,298

In 2-unit structures: $398,976
Here:

$398,976
State:

$253,086

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $105,793
Here:

$105,793
State:

$248,602

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $93,730
Here:

$93,730
State:

$190,913

Mobile homes: $66,037
Here:

$66,037
State:

$42,305

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $24,662
Here:

$24,662
State:

$62,044
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,616
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $564

Institutionalized population: 26

Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

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 2009: $1,097 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $169 (0.1%)


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 2009: 8.1%
(4.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Black residents, 2.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 17.7% for American Indian residents, 72.1% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 26.6% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 39 years old
(Males: 40 years old, Females: 38 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 42 years old, Black residents: 46 years old, American Indian residents: 31 years old, Asian residents: 40 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 25 years old, Other race residents: 34 years old)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

9.8%
Whole state:

9.4%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

3.9%
Whole state:

4.0%

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:

Notable locations in Valdez-Cordova Census Area: Bonanza Landing (A), Ibex Camp (B), Tiedeman Slough Cabin (C), Sourdough (D), Cold King Camp (E), Nankomen Lake Recreation Site (F), Chisna (G), Chititu Camp (H), Chokosna (I), Bennett Rock Cabin (J), Pigot Bay Cabin (K), Tiekel Cache (L), Dan Creek Camp (M), Eagle Shellfish Farm (N), Blue Fiord Oyster Farm (O), Dempsey (P), Devils Mountain Lodge (Q), Meier Lodge (R), Midway Camp (S), Chilkat (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Alder Lake (A), Sahlin Lake (B), Scott Lake (C), Siamese Lakes (D), Silver Lake (E), Snowy Lake (F), Steamboat Lake (G), Lake Tokun (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Bench Creek (A), Benito Creek (B), Berg Creek (C), Big Creek (D), Blackrock Creek (E), Bond Creek (F), Bone Creek (G), Boomerang Creek (H), Bottley Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Valdez-Cordova Census Area include: Sawmill Bay State Marine Park (1), Canoe Passage State Marine Park (2), Granite Bay State Marine Park (3), South Esther Island State Marine Park (4), Decision Point State Marine Park (5), Surprise Cove State Marine Park (6), Entry Cove State Marine Park (7), Ziegler Cove State Marine Park (8), Bettles Bay State Marine Park (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Anchorage Municipality , Kenai Peninsula Borough , Matanuska-Susitna Borough , Southeast Fairbanks Census Area , Yakutat City and Borough .

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


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:

61.4% with mortgage
State:

74.4% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 22.53%
Here22.5%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 2,297
Total congregations: 22

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchOrthodox Church in America: Territorial DiocesesLDS (Mormon) ChurchSouthern Baptist ConventionEvangelical Lutheran Church in America
Adherents665 (29.0%)373 (16.2%)347 (15.1%)193 (8.4%)192 (8.4%)
Congregations3 (13.6%)2 (9.1%)3 (13.6%)3 (13.6%)1 (4.5%)
NameAssemblies of GodChurch of the NazareneAmerican Baptist Churches in the USASeventh-Day Adventist ChurchOther
Adherents148 (6.4%)147 (6.4%)114 (5.0%)62 (2.7%)56 (2.4%)
Congregations3 (13.6%)2 (9.1%)1 (4.5%)2 (9.1%)2 (9.1%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Valdez-Cordova Census Area - Valdez, Cordova, Glennallen, Kenny Lake, Copper Center

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 8
This county:

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
This county:

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.
Alaska:

7.82 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

6.3%
Alaska:

6.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

31.8%
Alaska:

27.8%


Earthquake activity:

Valdez-Cordova Census Area-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Alaska state average. It is 599% 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 the county 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 76.7 miles away from the county center
On 9/7/1983 at 19:22:05, a magnitude 6.2 (6.2 MB, 6.2 MS, 6.2 MS) earthquake occurred 82.1 miles away from the county center
On 9/6/1973 at 10:59:36, a magnitude 5.5 (5.5 MB, 5.3 MS, 5.5 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 61.5 miles away from Valdez-Cordova Census Area center
On 6/6/1995 at 04:04:58, a magnitude 5.6 (5.3 MB, 5.1 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.6 ML, Depth: 9.3 mi) earthquake occurred 90.7 miles away from the county center
On 8/25/2004 at 02:22:18, a magnitude 5.3 (5.2 MB, 4.4 MS, 5.3 MW, Depth: 24.7 mi) earthquake occurred 37.0 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (14%)
  • Other transportation, and support activities, and couriers (12%)
  • Public administration (10%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (9%)
  • Educational services (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (4%)
  • Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations (4%)
  • Educational services (16%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Public administration (9%)
  • Health care (7%)
  • Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations (5%)
  • Food and beverage stores (5%)
  • Other transportation, and support activities, and couriers (5%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Fishing and hunting, and forest and logging workers (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (4%)
  • Carpenters (3%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (8%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (7%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (6%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)

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




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





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:

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


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $56,258.

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.
4.37% relocated from other counties in Alaska ($22,284 average AGI)
5.31% relocated from other states ($18,858 average AGI)
Valdez-Cordova Census Area:

5.31%
Alaska average:

6.06%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


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)
from Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK  0.35% ($46,308)
from Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, AK  0.27% ($38,300)


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.
5.27% relocated to other counties in Alaska ($19,035 average AGI)
6.06% relocated to other states ($20,208 average AGI)
Valdez-Cordova Census Area:

6.06%
Alaska average:

6.19%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


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)
to Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK  0.48% ($31,778)
to King County, WA  0.26% ($50,600)

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 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.

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

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 (Noninst.)


Valdez-Cordova Census Area Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
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Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Valdez-Cordova Census Area Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
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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
Browse common businesses in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK


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