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Ketchikan, Alaska

rural • northwest, USA

Ketchikan is the southeasternmost city in Alaska, with a population of just over 8,000. Photo credit: Darryl Brooks /

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About Ketchikan

Often referred to as Alaska’s “first city” due to its location as the southernmost entrance to Alaska's Inside Passage, Ketchikan is known for its breathtaking wilderness, its rich Alaska native culture and history, and an abundance of salmon. It goes without saying that fishing enthusiasts will fall in love with Ketchikan, known as “The Salmon Capital of the World” thanks to its century-old commercial fishery. But even for those not in the mood for seafood, Ketchikan offers an abundance of outdoor activities, whether you’re taking in the surrounding snow capped mountains, hiking amidst the area’s numerous lakes and forests, or exploring the native culture that truly sets Ketchikan apart. Several museums, totem parks, and performing arts venues offer residents the opportunity to soak in the area’s history and heritage. The local fair includes the aforementioned seafood options as well as Filipino, Mexican and more. A tight-knit community with an abundance of surrounding beauty and adventure, Ketchikan is a perfect place to allow your inner explorer to thrive.



Internet Speed Rating

1000 Mbps

Weather (High/Low)

65 / 19

Median Home Value (3BR, 2BA)



The Ketchikan area serves as home to three Native groups: The Tsimshian, Haida and Tlingit, each with distinct cultural traditions that make living in Ketchikan a wonderful and unique experience.
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