Anchor Point, Alaska

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Anchor Point is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kenai Peninsula Borough, in the U.S. state of Alaska. As of the 2000 census the population was 1,845. Anchor Point is the westernmost point in the North American highway system.

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History

The name Anchor Point comes from a legend that when James Cook discovered the area, he lost an anchor. Settlers came beginning in the early 1900s.[1]

Education

The Anchor Point Public Library has one employee and its collection includes approximately 12,269 items[2]. There is also a kindergarten through eighth grade school located off the main highway.

Geography

Anchor Point is located at 59°46′39″N 151°46′13″W / 59.7775°N 151.77028°W / 59.7775; -151.77028 (59.777468, -151.770220)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 90.9 square miles (235.4 km²), of which, 90.8 square miles (235.1 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (0.13%) is water.

Economy

A large portion of the Anchor Point economy relies on the Anchor River. Tourists come to fish the river during salmon runs in the summer. The river is also a source of coal. Along the coast, there are good spots for clam-digging as well, which also draws tourists. The town is also the furthest west on the U.S. highway system.[4]

Demographics

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 1,845 people, 711 households, and 467 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 20.3 people per square mile (7.8/km²). There were 979 housing units at an average density of 10.8/sq mi (4.2/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 91.82% White, 0.11% Black or African American, 3.36% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.60% from other races, and 3.79% from two or more races. 1.73% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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