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Census Data for Kachemak (aka 'Kachemak City') ...

Population ...

The last Decennial Census<1> was in 2010, giving Kachemak a population of 472 people.

The 2010 Census gave Alaska had a population of 710,231 people, meaning that Kachemak had 0.07% of the total population of Alaska - making it the state's 60th most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Kachemak, they draw a boundary around the area in which they are going to conduct their count - this is called a sampling area (or a polygon). The shape of the sampling area can be quite complex and it's important to keep in mind that the boundaries of the sampling area may or may not match the recognized boundaries of the city.

Things like the population, area and housing for Kachemak reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of&$160;Kachemak might be slightly different, it's best to check with the U.S. Census Bureau if you need precision.

The 2010 Census shows that the sample polygon for Kachemak has a total area of 1.64 square miles [4.3 km²].

Not only does the sampling area define boundaries, it also has a GPS location (latitude & longitude) that indicates a point within the sampling area (usually at the center of the polygon). At the time of the 2010 Census, the sampling area was located at:

Lat:   59° 40' 24"   (or 59.7°)

Lon:   -151° 25' 59"   (or -151.43°)

More information on this topic and the changes between the 2000 Census and the 2010 Census can be found in the section for our Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Population Density ...

Using the population (472 people) and land area (1.64 square miles [4.3 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Kachemak had a population density of 287.6 people per square mile [111.1 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Kachemak had a population of 431 people and a land area of 1.61 square miles [4.2 km²]. This gives a population density of 268 people per square mile [103.5 people/km²]

NOTE: Be aware that when comparing population density between the 2000 and the 2010 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Kachemak. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to a misleading comparison. More information about the nature of these differences can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Kachemak had 304 Housing Units<2> and with its population of 472 people, this averages 1.55 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Kachemak had a land area of 1.64 square miles [4.3 km²]. This translates to 185.3 Housing Units per square mile [71.5 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Kachemak had 219 Housing Units, a population of 431 people and a land area of 1.61 square miles [4.2 km²]. This gives a density of 1.97 people per Housing Unit and 136.2 Housing Units per square mile [52.6 housing units/km²].

NOTE: Repeating the caution above (under Population Density), be aware that when comparing Housing Units between the 2000 and the 2010 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Kachemak and you need to be careful when comparing values between the censuses. More information about these differences can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

US Census QuickFacts ...

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information called QuickFacts. Unfortunately, the Census Bureau has not created a QuickFact that is specific to Kachemak.

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Kachemak, they start by specifying the boundaries of the area to be counted. This area (or sampling area) is a polygon and its shape can be quite complex - it may or may not match the geographical boundaries of Kachemak. It's important to note that from one Census to the next, the shape and location of the polygon can change. If you need precision or details about the methodology of the Census, you should visit the U.S. Census Bureau for a definitive answer.

Area ...

The sampling area (or polygon) given for the 2010 Census is 2.02% larger than the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Kachemak was 1.64 square miles [4.3 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 1.61 square miles [4.2 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.

Location ...

While generally coinciding with the GPS location (latitude/longitude) of Kachemak, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Kachemak.

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   59.674154°   (or 59°40'26" N)

Lon:   -151.437368°   (or -151°26'14" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   59.673395°   (or 59°40'24" N)

Lon:   -151.433170°   (or -151°25'59" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 820 feet to the west<3> of the location that was used in the 2000 Census.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) have assigned a unique GNIS identifier (#2419402) to Kachemak. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Kachemak. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   59.674328°   (or 59°40'27" N)

Lon:   -151.436940°   (or -151°26'12" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 101.2 feet to the southwest<4> of the point given by the GNIS for Kachemak. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Kachemak.

Miscellaneous Information for Kachemak ...

The Federal government has assigned various identifying codes to each community, county and state. At one time or another, the US Census Bureau has referenced one (or more) of the following identifiers when referring to either or the city of Kachemak:

The GNIS Codes ...

The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Kachemak:

GNIS ID for Kachemak: 2419402

GNIS ID for Alaska: 1785533

The FIPS Codes ...

An earlier (and largely obsolete) identification method was called the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS):

State Code: 02 (Alaska)

Place Code: 36550 (Kachemak)

State & Place Code: 02/36550 (Alaska / Kachemak)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Kachemak is located in Census Region #4 (the West Region) and Division #9 (the Pacific Division).

For more information about the various Federal identification codes, please visit our Misc Page for Kachemak.

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The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau


The official website of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN)

The official website of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)


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The official website for State of Alaska: alaska.gov/







Footnotes ...

<1>Every 10 years (eg- 1990, 2000, 2010), the US Census Bureau conducts a Constitutionally-mandated count (or enumeration) of people living within the United States. This count is called a Decennial Census. The last Decennial Census was the 2010 Census, with the next one planned for 2020.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the 2010 Census location is 70 degrees.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the GNIS point is 128 degrees.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Kachemak.



 
 
 

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