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Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska (AK)

County population in 2019: 9,173 (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).

March 2019 cost of living index in Valdez-Cordova Census Area: 104.4 (near average, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (53.0%), Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services (10.8%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 61%
  • Government: 0%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 30%
  • Unpaid family work: 9%
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  • Races in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK (2019)
    • 6,27468.4%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 1,37014.9%American Indian and Alaska Native alone
    • 5385.9%Two or more races
    • 4905.3%Hispanic or Latino
    • 3623.9%Asian alone
    • 620.7%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
    • 410.4%Some other race alone
    • 330.4%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
Median resident age:

38.9 years
Alaska median age:

35.0 years
Males: 4,788  (52.2%)
Females: 4,385  (47.8%)
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Average household size:
Valdez-Cordova Census Area:

2.0 people
Alaska:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2019: $77,627 ($48,734 in 1999)
This county:

$77,627
Alaska:

$75,463

Median contract rent in 2019 for apartments: $975 (lower quartile is $689, upper quartile is $1,241)
This county:

$975
State:

$1095


Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $231,075 (it was $117,400 in 2000)
Valdez-Cordova Census Area:

$231,075
Alaska:

$281,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $88,087 - $344,029
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,733
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $439

Institutionalized population: 26
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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $3,266 (1.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $1,539 (1.2%)

Distribution of median household income in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK in 2019
Distribution of house value in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK in 2019
Distribution of rent paid by renters in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK in 2019
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 7.4%
Valdez-Cordova Census Area:

7.4%
Alaska:

10.1%
(5.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 20.6% for American Indian residents, 11.7% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 1.1% for other race residents, 7.4% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2019: 38.9 years old
(Males: 39.5 years old, Females: 38.8 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 44.3 years old, Black residents: 20.8 years old, American Indian residents: 36.2 years old, Asian residents: 32.0 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 28.5 years old, Other race residents: 39.6 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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Neighboring counties: Skagway-Hoonah-Angoon Census Area .

Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

14.8%
Alaska:

8.1%

Unemployment by year in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK
County total employment by year in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK
County average yearly wages by year in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK

Current college students: 416
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 96.5%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 31.4%

Number of foreign born residents: 613 (44.4% naturalized citizens)

Valdez-Cordova Census Area:

6.7%
Whole state:

8.0%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 1112010 or later
  • 2752000 to 2009
  • 1361990 to 1999
  • 1691980 to 1989
  • 791970 to 1979
  • 83Before 1970

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:

  • One, detached: 4,278
  • One, attached: 97
  • Two: 359
  • 3 or 4: 332
  • 5 to 9: 61
  • 10 to 19: 75
  • 20 to 49: 1
  • 50 or more: 218
  • Mobile homes: 629
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 89

Housing units in Valdez-Cordova Census Area with a mortgage: 928 (0 second mortgage, 30 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,494

Here:

99.9% with mortgage
State:

60.8% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Valdez-Cordova Census Area

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
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 significantly above Alaska state average. It is 6245% 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) 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 11/3/2002 at 22:12:41, a magnitude 7.9 (7.9 MW, Depth: 2.6 mi, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 157.6 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) earthquake occurred 204.5 miles away from Valdez-Cordova Census Area 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 the county center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), energy magnitude (ME), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Alaska Winter Storms And Avalanches, Incident Period: December 21, 1999 to February 23, 2000, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1316: February 17, 2000, FEMA Id: 1316, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • Alaska Severe Freezing, Incident Period: January 15, 1989 to February 15, 1989, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-826: May 10, 1989, FEMA Id: 826, Natural disaster type: Freeze
  • Alaska SEVERE STORMS, FLOODING, Incident Period: October 10, 1986 to October 13, 1986, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-782: October 27, 1986, FEMA Id: 782, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood

The number of natural disasters in Valdez-Cordova Census Area (3) is a lot smaller than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 3
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - Valdez-Cordova Census Area

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 3,379 (61.0%)
  • Carpooled: 717 (12.9%)
  • Bus: 22 (0.4%)
  • Ferryboat: 12 (0.2%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 429 (7.7%)
  • Bicycle: 10 (0.2%)
  • Walked: 709 (12.8%)
  • Worked at home: 250 (4.5%)
Class of Workers in 2019
Most common industries in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2019


  • Retail trade (16%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Health care and social assistance (8%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (4%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (4%)

Most common industries for females in 2019


  • Retail trade (21%)
  • Educational services (19%)
  • Health care and social assistance (10%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (8%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (6%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (5%)

Most common occupations in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations for males in 2019


  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (15%)
  • Management occupations (12%)
  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (11%)
  • Production occupations (10%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (9%)
  • Material moving occupations (6%)
  • Transportation occupations (4%)

Most common occupations for females in 2019


  • Office and administrative support occupations (21%)
  • Educational instruction, and library occupations (17%)
  • Sales and related occupations (17%)
  • Management occupations (13%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (3%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents


  • Philippines (51%)
  • Russia (9%)
  • Brazil (6%)
  • Australia (6%)
  • Peru (6%)
  • Mexico (4%)
  • Ecuador (4%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Valdez-Cordova Census Area


  • German (9%)
  • European (7%)
  • Irish (6%)
  • English (5%)
  • British (2%)
  • Norwegian (2%)
  • Italian (2%)

Owners and renters by unit type
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 $74,827.

9.84% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($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.
4.00% relocated from other counties in Alaska ($25,621 average AGI)
5.84% relocated from other states ($27,090 average AGI)
Valdez-Cordova Census Area:

5.84%
Alaska average:

5.13%

Residents relocating <b>from</b> other counties or countries

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
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 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($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.
4.22% relocated to other counties in Alaska ($24,685 average AGI)
5.40% relocated to other states ($34,593 average AGI)
Valdez-Cordova Census Area:

5.40%
Alaska average:

5.95%

Residents relocating <b>to</b> other counties or countries

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
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)

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 2019: 6.1

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 population in Valdez-Cordova Census Area
Population without health insurance coverage in 2018: 13.0%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2018: 9.7%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Valdez-Cordova Census Area
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19
Population without health insurance coverage in Valdez-Cordova Census Area
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in Valdez-Cordova Census Area
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in Valdez-Cordova Census Area
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in Valdez-Cordova Census Area
Population under 19 years without health insurance coverage in Valdez-Cordova Census Area

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 919 (783 aged, 136 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 284 (13%)
Persons enrolled in Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 15%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 13%

Household type by relationship:

Households: 9,173
  • Male householders: 1,757 (693 living alone), Female householders: 1,403 (370 living alone)
  • 1,607 spouses (1,596 opposite-sex spouses), 207 unmarried partners, (207 opposite-sex unmarried partners), 2,699 children (2,583 natural, 59 adopted, 64 stepchildren), 139 grandchildren, 114 brothers or sisters, 41 parents, 2 foster children, 379 other relatives, 565 non-relatives
  • In group quarters: 238

Size of family households: 951 2-persons, 386 3-persons, 432 4-persons, 88 5-persons, 71 6-persons, 9 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,065 1-person, 135 2-persons, 2 3-persons, 57 4-persons.

1,550 married couples with children.
456 single-parent households (233 men, 223 women).

89.7% of residents of Valdez-Cordova Census Area speak English at home.
3.8% of residents speak Spanish at home (94% speak English very well, 6% speak English well).
0.8% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (100% speak English very well).
4.4% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (48% speak English very well, 48% speak English well, 3% speak English not well).
1.5% of residents speak other language at home (97% speak English very well, 3% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $155,759,000 ($15,632 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:

5.4
State:

5.7

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.2
State:

4.0

Year house built in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska
  • Year house built in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska
  • 142014 or later
  • 702010 to 2013
  • 9702000 to 2009
  • 6671990 to 1999
  • 1,7241980 to 1989
  • 1,1971970 to 1979
  • 4871960 to 1969
  • 7131950 to 1959
  • 1471940 to 1949
  • 1571939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska
  • 501 room
  • 442 rooms
  • 3043 rooms
  • 3044 rooms
  • 5665 rooms
  • 4966 rooms
  • 3237 rooms
  • 1428 rooms
  • 1539+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska
  • 321 room
  • 1092 rooms
  • 743 rooms
  • 2594 rooms
  • 2055 rooms
  • 486 rooms
  • 327 rooms
  • 298 rooms
  • 09+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska
  • 71no bedroom
  • 2491 bedroom
  • 5112 bedrooms
  • 9683 bedrooms
  • 4974 bedrooms
  • 815+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska
  • 30no bedroom
  • 1471 bedroom
  • 2782 bedrooms
  • 2483 bedrooms
  • 794 bedrooms
  • 05+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • 75no vehicle
  • 7381 vehicle
  • 1,0472 vehicles
  • 3603 vehicles
  • 544 vehicles
  • 975+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in renter-occupied apartments
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in renter-occupied apartments
  • 142no vehicle
  • 3001 vehicle
  • 2682 vehicles
  • 343 vehicles
  • 304 vehicles
  • 165+ vehicles

88.7% of Valdez-Cordova Census Area residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 16% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 31% lived in Alaska.

Valdez-Cordova Census Area:

88.7%
State average:

82.1%

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

  • This state: 4,024
  • Other state: 4,375
  • Northeast: 623
  • Midwest: 925
  • South: 787
  • West: 2,017
Year householders moved into unit in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, AK
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Valdez-Cordova Census Area
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 69.5%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 23.1%Wood
  • 2.9%Coal or coke
  • 2.4%Utility gas
  • 1.1%Electricity
  • 0.7%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.3%Other fuel
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 74.9%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 9.2%Utility gas
  • 6.1%Electricity
  • 5.2%Coal or coke
  • 3.3%Wood
  • 0.5%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.4%Other fuel
  • 0.4%No fuel used

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 51
Here:

5.1%
Alaska:

8.1%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 14
Here:

3.7%
Alaska:

8.9%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 82
Here:

63.1%
Alaska:

16.9%

Educational Attainment
School Enrollment by Level of School
Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Noninstitutionalized Residents with Employment Disability
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