City of Kenai, Alaska

Definition of the word "Kenai".
The exact meaning of the word "Kenai" is not real clear. The Dena’ina Athabascan Indians are the native people of the area. In the Dena’ina language, "Ken" translates into "big flat." "Ken’ey" means two big flats with a river cutback, and the word "ken’e" means trees and brush that are growing in a swampy marsh. I've been told it basically translates into "flat, barren land".




Kenai is located on the Kenai Peninsula where the world-famous Kenai River meets Cook Inlet. It is surrounded by spectacular scenery and wildlife, and has a rich history of native and Russian settlements and culture.


Kenai is the heart of Alaskan adventure, providing something for everyone. The Kenai River is known for its world-class King Salmon fishing. Kenai industries include oil, natural gas, commercial fishing and tourism.


Located near Soldotna, Seward and Homer, Alaska, Kenai is easily accessible from Anchorage via a 30-minute flight or a leisurely and beautiful 3-hour drive, approximately 150 miles to the south. Fly into our Kenai airport or our floatplane basin. Boat into our public dock. Kenai is equipped for both visitors and convention business. Kenai has it all.



Demographic information:
Population: 7,115 (as of 2009)
Sales Tax: 3.0%
Mill Rate: 3.85
Incorporated: 1960
City Size: 29 square miles
Kenai Chamber of Commerce
(907) 283-7989
Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau
(907) 283-1991
Kenai Peninsula Borough Offices
(907) 262-4441
See Borough Website
Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District
(907) 283-3335
Kenai Peninsula Resource Network
(907) 260-3996
Challenger Learning Center of Alaska
(907) 283-2000
Kenai Fire Training Center
(907) 283-3054
State Employment Office, Kenai Branch
(907) 283-2900
See Website
Legislative Information Office
(907) 283-2030
See Website

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