Profile for Seward, Alaska, AK
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Seward is in Kenai Peninsula Borough.
The community was named after U.S. Secretary of State William Seward, who negotiated the purchase of Alaska from Russia.
The latitude of Seward is 60.104N. The longitude is -149.442W.
It is in the Alaska Standard time zone. Elevation is 89 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 2,880.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Seward demographic reports
Seward is on Resurrection Bay on the Kenai Peninsula.
Aleksandr Baranov began shipbuilding operations here in 1793.
Seward developed as the southern terminus for the Alaska Railroad.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 18. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 6.2 per 1,000 people.
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
- Music & Arts Festival - Sept. 28-30, 2007
- Polar Bear Jump-off Festival - Jan. 19-21, 2007
Dates often change. Check Seward web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation:
Kenai Fjords National Park
Historic sites and museums: Alaska SeaLife Center, Resurrection Bay Historical Society, Chugach Heritage Center
Colleges and universities:
Alaska Vocational Technical Center
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.)
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Ancestry & family history
16% of Seward residents report German ancestry, and 10% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Seward ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Seward was $20,360, compared with $21,587 nationally.
16% of Seward residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Seward festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Music & Arts Festival - S
- Polar Bear Jump-off Festival - J
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Median rent in Seward, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $495. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,194.
Libraries in Seward include Seward Community Library ... View libraries
The average commute time for Seward workers is 10 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
Hotels in Seward include Harborview Inn, Hotel Edgewater, Hotel Seward, Marina Motel, Van Gilder Hotel.
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