Profile for Valdez, Alaska, AK
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Valdez is in Valdez-Cordova census area.
The community was named after Antonio Vald?s y Basan, Spanish naval officer.
The latitude of Valdez is 61.130N. The longitude is -146.348W.
Elevation is 98 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 4,060.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Valdez demographic reports
Valdez is on Port Valdez, a fjord in Prince William Sound.
Former and merged names include:
· Copper City
The city was the center of a massive cleanup operation after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989.
Filming location for:
· 2002 movie, "Insomnia"
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Bad Ass Coffee
Local festivals include:
- Oktoberfest - Oct. 21, 2007
Dates often change. Check Valdez web sites and events links in the sections below.
Historic sites and museums: Valdez Museum and Historical Archive
Colleges and universities:
Prince William Sound Community College
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.)
Valdez had, perhaps, the most beautiful natural setting of any town in Alaska. Mountains - higher and more rugged mountains than in Juneau - curved around it on three sides, broken only by the waters of the fjord.
-- Going to Extremes
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Ancestry & family history
16% of Valdez residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Valdez ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Valdez was $27,341, compared with $21,587 nationally.
22% of Valdez residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Valdez festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Oktoberfest - Oct. 21, 2007
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Median rent in Valdez, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $710. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,571.
Libraries in Valdez include Valdez Consortium Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Valdez include Valdez Star
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KCHU.
The average commute time for Valdez workers is 14 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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“ Valdez had, perhaps, the most beautiful natural setting of any town in Alaska. Mountains - higher and more rugged mountains than in Juneau - curved around it on three sides, broken only by the waters of the fjord. ”
~ Going to Extremes
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