Profile for Homer, Alaska, AK
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Homer is in Kenai Peninsula Borough.
The community was named after Homer Pennock, a gold mining company promoter.
The latitude of Homer is 59.642N. The longitude is -151.548W.
It is in the Alaska Standard time zone. Elevation is 95 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 5,149.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Homer demographic reports
Homer is on Kachemak Bay on the southwestern Kenai Peninsula.
Homer was once a mining town.
The Homer spit dropped 4-6 feet with the Good Friday earthquake of 1964.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 46. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 10.9 per 1,000 people.
Local festivals include:
- Kachemak Bay Kayak Festival - May 25-June 3, 2007
- Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Festival - May 10-13, 2007
- Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival - May 10-13, 2007
- Winter Carnival - Feb. 9-11, 2007
Dates often change. Check Homer web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation:
Kachemak Bay State Park, Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge
Historic sites and museums: Pratt Museum
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
If you got in your car in New York City and started to drive, Homer would be as far as you could go.
-- Going to Extremes
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Ancestry & family history
19% of Homer residents report German ancestry, and 15% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Homer ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Homer was $21,823, compared with $21,587 nationally.
29% of Homer residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Homer festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Kachemak Bay Kayak Festival - M
- Winter Carnival - F
- Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival - M
- Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Festival - M
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Median rent in Homer, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $538. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,176.
Libraries in Homer include Homer Public Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Homer include Homer News, Homer Tribune
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KBBI.
The average commute time for Homer workers is 18 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
Hotels in Homer include Best Western Bidarka Inn, Lands End Resort, Ocean Shores Motel.
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