Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK

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Population

13,745

0.219% growth

Median Age

39.5


Median Household Income

$67,321

4.92% growth

Poverty Rate

10.6%


Number of Employees

6,899

1.13% growth

Median Property Value

$265,700

3.35% growth

About

In 2017, Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK had a population of 13.7k people with a median age of 39.5 and a median household income of $67,321. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK grew from 13,715 to 13,745, a 0.219% increase and its median household income grew from $64,162 to $67,321, a 4.92% increase.

The population of Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK is 64.4% White Alone, 13.5% American Indian & Alaska Native Alone, and 8.53% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK speak a non-English language, and 96.7% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK is $265,700, and the homeownership rate is 61.9%. Most people in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 13 minutes. The average car ownership in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK is 2 cars per household.

Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK borders Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area, AK and Wrangell City and Borough, AK.

About the photo: Approaching Sawyer Glacier in the Tracy Arm Fjord valley of mountains and waterfalls.

Economy

The economy of Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK employs 6.9k people. The largest industries in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK are Retail Trade (1,038 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (924 people), and Transportation & Warehousing (765 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($91,563), Public Administration ($56,908), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($56,750).

Median household income in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK is $67,321. Males in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $50,667. The income inequality in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK (measured using the Gini index) is 0.436, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$67,321

2017 value

± $2,867

4.92%

1 Year Growth

± 6.05%

Households in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK have a median annual income of $67,321, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $64,162 in 2016, which represents a 4.92% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$68,424

Average Male Salary

± $3,558

$50,667

Average Female Salary

± $2,680

In 2017, full-time male employees in Alaska made 1.35 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. White

    $59,757 ± $2,775

  2. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races

    $46,641 ± $19,678

  3. Black

    $45,507 ± $11,416

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Alaska workers was White. These workers were paid 1.28 times more than American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK is from Alaska.

0.436

2017 Wage GINI

0.436

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Alaska was 0.436 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.191% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Alaska was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Alaska in comparison to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 4

  2. Census Tract 1

  3. Census Tract 2

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK was Census Tract 4 with a value of $89,423, followed by Census Tract 1 and Census Tract 2, with respective values of $82,532 and $61,795.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

10.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK (1.44k out of 13.5k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 55 - 64 and then Females 6 - 11.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    711 ± 105

  2. Native American

    461 ± 79

  3. Two Or More

    196 ± 62

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK is White, followed by Native American and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

6.9k

2017 Value

± 302

1.13%

1 Year growth

± 6.33%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK grew at a rate of 1.13%, from 6.82k employees to 6.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,094 people), Sales & Related Occupations (805 people), and Management Occupations (596 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,094 people), Sales & Related Occupations (805 people), and Management Occupations (596 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.73 times higher than expected), Community & Social Service Occupations (1.86 times), and Transportation Occupations (1.78 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($84,375), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($84,375), and Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations ($82,583).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

6.9k

2017 Value

± 302

1.13%

1 Year growth

± 6.33%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK grew at a rate of 1.13%, from 6.82k employees to 6.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK, are Retail Trade (1,038 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (924 people), and Transportation & Warehousing (765 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK, though some of these residents may live in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK, by number of employees, are Retail Trade (1,038 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (924 people), and Transportation & Warehousing (765 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.98 times higher than expected), Transportation & Warehousing (2.6 times), and Public Administration (2.2 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK, by median earnings, are Utilities ($91,563), Public Administration ($56,908), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($56,750).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Alaska to other states, or from other states to Alaska.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $40.8B

  2. $4.7B

  3. $3.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Alaska product (by dollars) was Crude petroleum with $40.8B, followed by Gasoline ($4.7B) and Fuel oils ($3.1B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Alaska products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$64.6B

2015 Value

$74.6B

Projected 2045 Value

15.5% growth

In 2015, total outbound Alaska trade was $64.6B. This is expected to increase 15.5% to $74.6B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Alaska trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Alaska to other states, or from other states to Alaska.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $17.7B

  2. $7.35B

  3. $1.53B

In 2015, the top outbound Alaska domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was California with $17.7B, followed by Washington with $7.35B and Utah and $1.53B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Alaska shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

85.9% of the population of Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK has health coverage, with 45.7% on employee plans, 16.2% on Medicaid, 9.16% on Medicare, 12.5% on non-group plans, and 2.37% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK was $11,064 in 2014. This is a 6.1% increase from the previous year ($10,428).

Primary care physicians in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK see 1246 patients per year on average, which represents a 8.44% increase from the previous year (1149 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1375 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 404 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Ketchikan Gateway Borough and Wrangell City and Borough have the highest prevalence of diabetes (9.4%). Additionally, Aleutians West Census Area has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (40.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,246 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK see an average of 1,246 patients per year. This represents a 8.44% increase from the previous year (1,149 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$11,064

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,958

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$12,001

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,288

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Alaska (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 6.1%, from $10,428 to $11,064.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

14.1%

Uninsured

45.7%

Employer Coverage

16.2%

Medicaid

9.16%

Medicare

12.5%

Non-Group

2.37%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK declined by 8.67% from 15.5% to 14.1%.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 9.4% prevalence

  2. 9.4% prevalence

  3. 9.1% prevalence

Ketchikan Gateway Borough and Wrangell City and Borough have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Alaska, at 9.4%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Alaska by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK is home to a population of 13.7k people, from which 96.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 7.87% of Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK residents were born outside of the country (1.08k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK is composed of 8.85k White Alone residents (64.4%), 1.86k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (13.5%), 1.17k Two or More Races residents (8.53%), 1.07k Asian Alone residents (7.76%), 655 Hispanic or Latino residents (4.77%), 75 Black or African American Alone residents (0.546%), 58 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.422%), and 5 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0364%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

38

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

50

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 4.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK was 39.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 50. But people in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK residents was 39.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

7.87%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.08k people

8.18%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

1.12k people

As of 2017, 7.87% of Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK residents (1.08k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK was 8.18%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Philippines

    17,951 ± 3,249 people

  2. Korea

    4,417 ± 1,627 people

  3. Mexico

    3,317 ± 1,411 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Alaska was Philippines, the natal country of 17,951 Alaska residents, followed by Korea with 4,417 and Mexico with 3,317.

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Citizenship

96.7%

2017 Citizenship

96.5%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.7% of Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK was 96.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    8.85k ± 20

  2. American Indian & Alaska Native Alone

    1.86k ± 126

  3. Two or More Races

    1.17k ± 135

In 2017, there were 4.76 times more White Alone residents (8.85k people) in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.86k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone and 1.17k Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    406 ± 60

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    246 ± 57

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    130 ± 53

Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.65 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK was $265,700 in 2017, which is 1.22 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $257,100 to $265,700, a 3.35% increase. The homeownership rate in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK is 61.9%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK have an average commute time of 13 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$67,321

Median Household Income

± $2,867

5.27k

Number of Households

± 257

In 2017, the median household income of the 5.27k households in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK grew to $67,321 from the previous year's value of $64,162.

The following chart displays the households in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$265,700

2017 Median

± $7,682

$257,100

2016 Median

± $7,674

In 2017, the median property value in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK grew to to $265,700 from the previous year's value of $257,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Property Taxes

$2k - $3k

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK the largest share of households pay taxes in the $2k - $3k range.

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Rent vs Own

61.9%

2017 Homeownership

59.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 61.9% of the housing units in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 59.5%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

13 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK have a shorter commute time (13 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.318% of the workforce in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    66.4%

  2. Carpooled

    16.6%

  3. Walked

    8.35%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK was Drove Alone (66.4%), followed by those who Carpooled (16.6%) and those who Walked (8.35%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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