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Anchor Point

Anchor Point

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Anchor Point

(AN-kur)

Current Population:  2,002   (2011 Alaska Department of Labor Estimate)

Incorporation Type: Unincorporated

Located In: Kenai Peninsula Borough

Taxes: Sales: 3% (Borough), Property: 4.5 mills (borough) excludes service area taxes, Special: None

National Flood Insurance Program Participant: Yes

 

 

Location and Climate

Anchor Point is located on the Kenai Peninsula at the junction of the Anchor River and its north fork, 14 miles northwest of Homer. It lies at mile 156 of the Sterling Highway. The community lies at approximately 59.776670° North Latitude and -151.831390° West Longitude.  (Sec. 04, T005S, R015W, Seward Meridian.)   Anchor Point is located in the Homer Recording District.

January temperatures range from 4 to 22 °F. July temperatures range from 46 to 65 °F. Average annual precipitation is 20 inches.

 

History, Culture and Demographics

In the summer of 1778, Captain James Cook and crews of the Resolution and Discovery sailed into the Inlet looking for a Northwest Passage and gave Anchor Point its name after losing a kedge anchor to the awesome tidal currents. A post office was established in 1949.

Anchor Point has a visitor's center, a chamber of commerce, the Two Rivers Coalition (an organization formed to examine watershed).

According to Census 2010, there were 1,239 housing units in the community and 840 were occupied. Its population was 3.8 percent American Indian or Alaska Native; 90.2 percent white; 0.3 percent black; 0.9 percent Asian; 0.1 percent Pacific Islander; 4.4 percent of the local residents had multi-racial backgrounds. Additionally, 2.2 percent of the population was of Hispanic decent.

 

Facilities, Utilities, Schools and Health Care

Most residents have individual wells, septic tanks, and complete indoor plumbing. A well, a water treatment plant, and water distribution mains were installed in an area serving five homes. The borough refuse transfer facility is located at Mile 157 of Sterling Highway. Electricity is provided by Homer Electric Association. There is one school located in the community,  attended by 100 students. Local hospitals or health clinics include Anchor Point Clinic.  The clinic is a qualified Emergency Care Center. Anchor Point is a highway town/Sub-Regional Center it is part of Southern EMS Region. Emergency Services include highway coastal and air access. Emergency service is provided by 911 Telephone Service and volunteers.  Auxiliary health care is provided by Anchor Point Volunteer Fire & Rescue Inc. (907-235-6700) South Peninsula Hospital in Homer.

 

Economy

Many residents work close-by Homer. Commercial fishing is an important ingredient in the local economy. In 2010, 56 residents held commercial fishing permits. In 2010, 56 residents held commercial fishing permits.The community also caters to the sport-fishing industry, and several lodges provide services.

The 2006-2010 American Community Survey (ACS) estimated 1,0691 residents as employed. The public sector employed 28.8%1 of all workers. The local unemployment rate was 11.1%1. The percentage of workers not in labor force was 30.4%1. The ACS surveys established that average median household income (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) was $50,610 (MOE +/-$9,700)1. The per capita income (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) was $26,967 (MOE +/-$3,261)1. About 9.9%1 of all residents had incomes below the poverty level. 

 

 

Transportation

The Sterling Highway provides access to Anchorage. Nearby Homer offers an airport, state ferry access, and docking and boat launching facilities.


Organizations with Local Offices

Economic Development - Chamber of Commerce - Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 610
Anchor Point, AK 99556
Phone 907-235-2600
Fax 907-235-2600
E-mail 
info@anchorpointchamber.org
Web http://www.anchorpointchamber.org/ 

Electric Utility - Homer Electric Association, Incorporated
3977 Lake Street
Homer, AK 99603
Phone 1-800-478-8551
Fax 907-235-3313
E-mail 
cbuckley@homerelectric.com
Web http://www.homerelectric.com/ 
 

 

Regional Organizations

School District - Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
148 N. Binkley St.
Soldotna, AK 99669
Phone 907-714-8888
Fax 907-262-9645
E-mail 
satwater@kpbsd.k12.ak.us
Web http://www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us

Regional Native Corporation - Cook Inlet Region, Incorporated
P.O. Box 93330
Anchorage, AK 99509-3330
Phone 907-274-8638
Fax 907-263-5182
E-mail 
info@ciri.com
Web http://www.ciri.com/

Regional Native Health Corporation - Southcentral Foundation
4501 Diplomacy
Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone 907-729-4955
Fax 907-729-4972
E-mail 
katherineg@scf.cc
Web http://www.southcentralfoundation.com

Regional Native Non-Profit - Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Incorporated
3600 San Jeronimo Dr
Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone 907-793-3600
Fax 907-793-3602
E-mail 
citci@citci.com
Web http://www.citci.com/

Regional Development - Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District
14896 Kenai Spur Hwy., #103A
Kenai,  99611-7000
Phone 907-283-3335
Fax 907-283-3913
E-mail 
tjorgerson@kpedd.org
Web http://www.kpedd.org

 



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