2nd Class City
in the Kenai Peninsula Borough
- Area Type
- Current Population
- Population Comment
- 2013 DCCED Certified Estimate
- Pronunciation/Other Names
- (katch' uh mack)
- Community's Judicial District
- Recording District
- Census Designated Place (CDP)
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Geography and Climate
- Kachemak is on the East Road, adjacent to Homer, on the Kenai Peninsula. It is on the northern shore of Kachemak Bay.
- Winter temperatures average 14 to 27 °F; summer temperatures typically range from 45 to 65 °F. Average annual precipitation is 24 inches.
- Community Map Available
- Sq Mi Land
- Sq Mi Water
History and Culture
- According to W.H. Dall of the U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey, "Ka" means water, "chek" means cliff, and "mak" is a suffix meaning high, great, or large. It is a Native name, first published in 1847 on a Russian hydrological chart. The city was incorporated in 1961 and is presently a Second Class City adjoining the eastern boundary of the City of Homer. At time of incorporation, residents were mainly homesteaders and commercial fishermen, but Kachemak has since become a community whose residents are variously employed in the economy of the Southern Kenai Peninsula, or are retired.
- Kachemak is a non-Native community.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- Municipal Facilities & Utilities
- City Hall, Playground, Tennis Courts. Sewer and Fire are contracted to the Homer.
- Local roads connect Kachemak to the Sterling Highway. Nearby Homer has an airport, harbor/dock, and state ferry access. Kachemak City's roads are all public access roads that are maintained by the State or by neighborhood associations. The city does subsidize maintenance and improvement of privately maintained roads by partially reimbursing the neighborhood associations, on a matching grant basis, for work they accomplish.
- State Ferry
- Cargo Barge
- Road Connection
- Community's Senate District
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