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About Ketchikan

Ketchikan is located on the western coast of Revillagigedo Island, near the southernmost boundary of Alaska. It is 679 miles north of Seattle and 235 miles south of Juneau. The 2.2 million-acre Misty Fiords National Monument lies east of town. Ketchikan is the first Alaska port of call for northbound cruise ships and State ferries.

People approximately 13,000 people share this little corner of the rainforest.

History The Ketchikan campus, the oldest campus in the region, was originally established as Ketchikan Community College in 1954. It is located in Alaska’s First City, which regards itself as the salmon capital of the world. The campus awards both certificates and associate degrees. Business and industry programs are delivered on this campus, as well as a core of technical, maritime studies and other vocational courses.

Economy Ketchikan is an industrial center and a major port of entry in Southeast Alaska, with a diverse economy. Ketchikan is supported by tourism, a large fishing fleet, fish processing facilities, and wood products manufacturing.

Climate The area lies in the maritime climate zone noted for its warm winters, cool summers, and heavy precipitation.
•    Summer temperatures range from 51 to 65;
•    Winter temperatures range from 29 to 39.
•    Ketchikan averages 156 inches (13 feet) of annual precipitation, including 32 inches of snow.

Ketchikan Facts
•    Ketchikan has the world's largest collection of standing totem poles.
•    In May of 2013 Ketchikan hosted the world’s largest Rain Boot race as with 1,976 runners & walkers.
     (confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records)

Local Links

Alaska Job Center
City of Ketchikan
Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce
Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities Council
Ketchikan Daily News
Ketchikan Gateway Borough
Ketchikan Indian Community
Ketchikan Public Library
Ketchikan School District
Ketchikan Visitors Borough
KRBD Community Calendar
Peace Health Ketchikan Medical Center
Visitors Guide


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