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Homer is in Kenai Peninsula Borough.

The community was named after Homer Pennock, a gold mining company promoter.

The latitude of Homer is 59.642N. The longitude is -151.548W.

It is in the Alaska Standard time zone. Elevation is 95 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 5,149.


INCOME SNAPSHOT
Median household income
Local
$42,821
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Homer demographic reports
Homer is on Kachemak Bay on the southwestern Kenai Peninsula.
Homer was once a mining town.

The Homer spit dropped 4-6 feet with the Good Friday earthquake of 1964.

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 46. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 10.9 per 1,000 people.
Local festivals include:
  • Kachemak Bay Kayak Festival - May 25-June 3, 2007
  • Winter Carnival - Feb. 9-11, 2007
  • Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival - May 10-13, 2007
  • Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Festival - May 10-13, 2007
Dates often change. Check Homer web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Kachemak Bay State Park, Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge
Historic sites and museums: Pratt Museum
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Quotes:
If you got in your car in New York City and started to drive, Homer would be as far as you could go.
-- Going to Extremes
Joe McGinniss

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Homer demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Kenai Peninsula Borough economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 99603 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

19% of Homer residents report German ancestry, and 15% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Homer ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Homer was $21,823, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

29% of Homer residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Homer festival dates:

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Median rent in Homer, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $538.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,176.


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Libraries in Homer include Homer Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Homer include Homer News, Homer Tribune

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KBBI.

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The average commute time for Homer workers is 18 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

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Hotels in Homer include Best Western Bidarka Inn, Lands End Resort, Ocean Shores Motel.

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“ If you got in your car in New York City and started to drive, Homer would be as far as you could go. ”
~ Going to Extremes
Joe McGinniss

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