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Bear Creek

Bear Creek

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Bear Creek

Current Population:                                           1,958   (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

Bear Creek is on the east coast of the Kenai Peninsula, northeast of Seward, between Mile 3 and 7 of the Seward Highway. It lies approximately 120 highway miles south of Anchorage. The community lies at approximately 60.211280° North Latitude and -149.308700° West Longitude.  (Sec. 5, T001N, R001E, Seward Meridian.)   Bear Creek is located in the Seward Recording District.

The area experiences a maritime climate. Winter temperatures average from 17 to 38 °f. Summer temperatures average from 49 to 63 °F. Annual precipitation includes 66 inches of rain and 80 inches of snowfall.


History, Culture and Demographics

Bear Creek is a local name, first published by D.H. Sleem on his map of central Alaska, dated 1910. Bear Lake is the source of the stream. Nearby Seward became an incorporated city in 1912. The Alaska Railroad was constructed between 1915 and 1923, and Seward developed as the ocean terminus and supply center. By 1960, Seward was the largest community on the peninsula. As an ice-free harbor, Seward has become an important supply center for Interior Alaska.

Bear Creek is a relatively large settlement. There are a number of social and cultural opportunities in nearby Seward.

According to Census 2010, there were 1,020 housing units in the community and 835 were occupied. Its population was 10.7 percent American Indian or Alaska Native; 80.9 percent white; 0.6 percent black; 1.6 percent Asian; 0.2 percent Pacific Islander; 5.7 percent of the local residents had multi-racial backgrounds. Additionally, 1.8 percent of the population was of Hispanic decent.


Facilities, Utilities, Schools and Health Care

Most homes have completed plumbing through individual wells and septic systems. Refuse collection is available. The borough provides refuse transfer sites in Seward and in Crown Point. Electricity is provided by Seward Electric System. There are schools located in the community, Local hospitals or health clinics include Providence Seward Medical Center in Seward.



Many residents work in Seward. As the southern terminus for the Alaska Railroad and road link to Anchorage and the Interior, Seward has long been a transportation center. The economy has diversified with tourism, commercial fishing, ship services and repairs, oil and gas development, a coal export facility for Usibelli Mine, a state prison, and the University of Alaska's Institute of Marine Sciences.

The 2006-2010 American Community Survey (ACS) estimated 1,2581 residents as employed. The public sector employed 14.1%1 of all workers. The local unemployment rate was 1.9%1. The percentage of workers not in labor force was 45.2%1. The ACS surveys established that average median household income (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) was $77,206 (MOE +/-$7,235)1. The per capita income (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) was $20,374 (MOE +/-$2,795)1. About 3.2%1 of all residents had incomes below the poverty level. 




Bear Creek is connected to the Alaska Highway system by the Seward Highway. The Seward Airport also provides daily air service and charters. The Port of Seward serves cruise ships, the state ferry, cargo barges, and ocean freighters from Seattle and overseas. Its small boat harbor has moorage and two boat launch ramps. The Alaska Railroad provides over 1.4 billion pounds of cargo transit each year, importing cargo for the Interior and exporting coal to the Pacific Rim.

Organizations with Local Offices



Regional Organizations

School District - Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
148 N. Binkley St.
Soldotna, AK 99669
Phone 907-714-8888
Fax 907-262-9645

Regional Native Corporation - Chugach Alaska Corporation
3800 Centerpoint Drive
Anchorage, AK 99503-4396
Phone 907-561-2668
Fax 907-562-5258

Regional Native Health Corporation - Chugachmiut
1840 Bragaw Street, Suite 110
Anchorage, AK 99508-3463
Phone 907-562-4155
Fax 907-563-2891

Regional Native Non-Profit - Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Incorporated
3600 San Jeronimo Dr
Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone 907-793-3600
Fax 907-793-3602

Regional Development - Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District
14896 Kenai Spur Hwy., #103A
Kenai,  99611-7000
Phone 907-283-3335
Fax 907-283-3913


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