Knik River, Alaska

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Knik River (pronounced /ˈknɪk/) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. It is part of the Anchorage, Alaska Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 582 at the 2000 census. The region is mostly famous for being the home of Robert Hansen, a serial killer who murdered at least 17 prostitutes in the early 1980s.


Geography and climate

Knik River is located at 61°28′15″N 148°51′38″W / 61.47083°N 148.86056°W / 61.47083; -148.86056 (61.470970, -148.86064)[1] (Sec. 24, T016N, R003W, Seward Meridian), in the Palmer Recording District.

The community is at the head of the Knik Arm of Cook Inlet in Southcentral Alaska, 27 km (17 miles) northeast of Anchorage. The community has developed along the south bank of the Knik River, which flows into Knik Arm, at the southern border of the Mat-Su Borough. It lies along the Old Glenn Highway and Knik River Road.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 93.2 square miles (241.3 km²), of which, 90.4 square miles (234.2 km²) of it is land and 2.8 square miles (7.1 km²) of it (2.95%) is water.


The temperatures in January range from -35°F (-37°C) to 33°F (1°C); in July, 42°F (6°C) to 85°F (29°C). Annual precipitation is 16.5 inches (42 cm), including 43 inches (109 cm) of snowfall.

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