Soldotna, Alaska

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - View original article

Soldotna, Alaska
—  City  —
Motto: "In the very heart of the beautiful Kenai Peninsula!"
Location of Soldotna, Alaska
Coordinates: 60°29′12″N 151°4′31″W / 60.48667°N 151.07528°W / 60.48667; -151.07528Coordinates: 60°29′12″N 151°4′31″W / 60.48667°N 151.07528°W / 60.48667; -151.07528
CountryUnited States
StateAlaska
BoroughKenai Peninsula
Government
 • MayorPeter Micciche[1]
Area
 • Total7.4 sq mi (19.2 km2)
 • Land6.9 sq mi (18.0 km2)
 • Water0.5 sq mi (1.2 km2)
Elevation105 ft (32 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total3,759
 • Density541.9/sq mi (209.2/km2)
Time zoneAlaska (AKST) (UTC-9)
 • Summer (DST)AKDT (UTC-8)
ZIP code99669
Area code907
FIPS code02-71640
GNIS feature ID1414025
Websitehttp://ci.soldotna.ak.us/
 
Jump to: navigation, search
Soldotna, Alaska
—  City  —
Motto: "In the very heart of the beautiful Kenai Peninsula!"
Location of Soldotna, Alaska
Coordinates: 60°29′12″N 151°4′31″W / 60.48667°N 151.07528°W / 60.48667; -151.07528Coordinates: 60°29′12″N 151°4′31″W / 60.48667°N 151.07528°W / 60.48667; -151.07528
CountryUnited States
StateAlaska
BoroughKenai Peninsula
Government
 • MayorPeter Micciche[1]
Area
 • Total7.4 sq mi (19.2 km2)
 • Land6.9 sq mi (18.0 km2)
 • Water0.5 sq mi (1.2 km2)
Elevation105 ft (32 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total3,759
 • Density541.9/sq mi (209.2/km2)
Time zoneAlaska (AKST) (UTC-9)
 • Summer (DST)AKDT (UTC-8)
ZIP code99669
Area code907
FIPS code02-71640
GNIS feature ID1414025
Websitehttp://ci.soldotna.ak.us/

Soldotna is a city in Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 4,163. It is the seat of the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Contents

History

In 1947, after World War II, the United States government allowed settling of land on parts of the Kenal Peninsula under the Homestead Act. Veterans of the United States armed services were given a 90-day preference over non-veterans in selecting land and filing for property. Also in that year, the Sterling Highway right-of-way was cleared of trees from Cooper Landing to Kenai. The location of present-day Soldotna was selected as the site for the highway's bridge crossing the Kenai River.

The construction of the Sterling Highway provided a link from the Soldotna area to the outside world. More homesteads were taken and visitors came to fish in the area. The Soldotna post office opened in 1949 and other businesses opened in the next few years.

Oil was discovered in the Swanson River region in 1957, bringing some new economic development to the area. In 1960, Soldotna was incorporated as a city with a population of 332.

Sport fishing, tourism, and the healthcare industry are currently the mainstays of the economy in Soldotna. It also receives some economic advantage from being the seat of the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Geography

Soldotna is located at 60°29′12″N 151°4′31″W / 60.48667°N 151.07528°W / 60.48667; -151.07528 (60.486617, -151.075373) [2].

Soldotna is located on the banks of the Kenai River on the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska. It is named after nearby Soldotna Creek. There are multiple theories explaining the origin of the word Soldotna.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.4 square miles (19 km2), of which 6.9 square miles (18 km2) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2) of it (6.34%) is water.

Climate

Climate data for Soldotna, AK
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °F (°C)47
(8)
52
(11)
52
(11)
69
(21)
82
(28)
93
(34)
85
(29)
86
(30)
70
(21)
63
(17)
54
(12)
48
(9)
93
(34)
Average high °F (°C)21
(−6)
26
(−3)
33
(1)
43
(6)
53
(12)
59
(15)
62
(17)
62
(17)
55
(13)
41
(5)
29
(−2)
24
(−4)
42.33
(5.74)
Average low °F (°C)5
(−15)
7
(−14)
14
(−10)
27
(−3)
36
(2)
43
(6)
48
(9)
46
(8)
39
(4)
27
(−3)
14
(−10)
9
(−13)
26.25
(−3.19)
Record low °F (°C)−47
(−44)
−44
(−42)
−41
(−41)
−17
(−27)
−3
(−19)
26
(−3)
32
(0)
24
(−4)
−3
(−19)
−11
(−24)
−27
(−33)
−40
(−40)
−47
(−44)
Precipitation inches (mm)1.07
(27.2)
0.91
(23.1)
0.81
(20.6)
0.64
(16.3)
0.95
(24.1)
1.09
(27.7)
1.75
(44.5)
2.62
(66.5)
3.31
(84.1)
2.66
(67.6)
1.69
(42.9)
1.45
(36.8)
18.95
(481.3)
Source: The Weather Channel[3]

Demographics

Historical populations
CensusPop.
1960332
19701,202262.0%
19802,32093.0%
19903,48250.1%
20003,7598.0%
20104,16310.7%
source:[4]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 3,759 people, 1,465 households, and 969 families residing in the city. As of 2008, the population was close to 4,200. The population density was 541.9 people per square mile (209.1/km²). There were 1,670 housing units at an average density of 240.7 per square mile (92.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 88.06% White, 0.29% Black or African American, 4.97% Native American, 1.73% Asian, 0.37% Pacific Islander, 1.28% from other races, and 3.30% from two or more races. 3.22% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,465 households out of which 39.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.8% were non-families. 29.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the city the age distribution of the population shows 31.5% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 9.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 90.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $48,420, and the median income for a family was $52,372. Males had a median income of $43,162 versus $24,598 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,740. About 5.8% of families and 6.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.5% of those under age 18 and 2.6% of those age 65 or over.

There are three public elementary schools: Soldotna Elementary, Redoubt Elementary, and a charter school, Soldotna Montessori Charter School. Soldotna Middle School (7-8) and River City Academy (7-12) cover middle school. Skyview and Soldotna High School (So-Hi) are the local high schools. Cook Inlet Academy is a private Christian K-12 school.

Transportation

A landmark is Soldotna is the "Soldotna Y", the intersection between the Sterling Highway and the Kenai Spur Highway.

Soldotna Airport
IATA: SXQICAO: PASXFAA LID: SXQ
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Soldotna
ServesSoldotna, Alaska
Elevation AMSL113 ft / 34 m
Coordinates60°28′30″N 151°02′18″W / 60.475°N 151.03833°W / 60.475; -151.03833
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
ftm
7/255,0001,524Asphalt
Statistics (2006)
Aircraft operations15,050
Based aircraft47
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[6]

Soldotna Airport (IATA: SXQICAO: PASXFAA LID: SXQ) is a city-owned, public use airport located one nautical mile (1.85 km) southeast of the central business district of Soldotna.[6]

The airport covers an area of 426 acres (172 ha) at an elevation of 113 feet (34 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 7/25 with an asphalt surface measuring 5,000 by 132 feet (1,524 x 40 m).[6]

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2006, the airport had 15,050 aircraft operations, an average of 41 per day: 80% general aviation, 20% air taxi, and <1% military. At that time there were 47 aircraft based at this airport: 92% single-engine, 2% multi-engine and 6% ultralight.[6]

Sports

Les Anderson holds the record for the largest king salmon, caught on May 17, 1985 and weighing in at 97 lb 4 oz. Most local taxidermy businesses will stuff and mount a salmon for free if it is over 70 lb (32 kg) for the business exposure. Fish counts are determined by sonar fish counters [1]. They are rough estimates based on averages over a prolonged period.

In 2004:

Soldotna also is the home of the Kenai River Brown Bears, a Junior A hockey team who play in the West Division of the North American Hockey League.

Notable people

Brock Lindow, lead singer of the post-metal-core band 36 Crazyfists was born in Soldotna.

NFL Football player Travis Hall was born in Soldotna and raised nearby in Kenai, Alaska.

MLB Baseball player Chris Mabeus grew up in Soldotna and played Major League Baseball for the Milwaukee Brewers

References

  1. ^ "2012 ACoM Members". Online Resource Center, Alaska Conference of Mayors. Juneau: Alaska Municipal League. 2012. http://www.akml.org/ACoM.html. Retrieved September 8, 2012.
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  3. ^ "Monthly Averages for Soldotna, AK". The Weather Channel. http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/wxclimatology/monthly/USAK0229. Retrieved 2010-04-16.
  4. ^ "Census Of Population And Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/decennial/index.htm. Retrieved 2011-05-07.
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for SXQ (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 8 April 2010.

External links