Sunrise, Alaska

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Sunrise, Alaska
Sunrise, Alaska is located in Alaska
Sunrise, Alaska
Sunrise, Alaska
Location within the state of Alaska
Coordinates: 60°53′8″N 149°25′28″W / 60.88556°N 149.42444°W / 60.88556; -149.42444Coordinates: 60°53′8″N 149°25′28″W / 60.88556°N 149.42444°W / 60.88556; -149.42444
Country United States
State Alaska
Borough Kenai Peninsula
 • Borough mayor Mike Navarre[1]
 • State senator Peter Micciche (R)
 • State rep. Mike Chenault (R)
 • Total 13.0 sq mi (33.7 km2)
 • Land 13.0 sq mi (33.7 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 269 ft (82 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 18
 • Density 1.4/sq mi (0.5/km2)
Time zone Alaska (AKST) (UTC-9)
 • Summer (DST) AKDT (UTC-8)
Area code(s) 907
FIPS code 02-73950
GNIS feature ID 1865566
Sunrise City Historic District
Alaska Heritage Resources Survey
Location Address restricted[3]
Nearest city Hope, Alaska
Built 1895
NRHP reference # 97000892[2]
Added to NRHP August 19, 1997

Sunrise is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska, United States. The population was 18 at the 2010 census, unchanged from 2000.


Sunrise is located at 60°53′8″N 149°25′28″W / 60.88556°N 149.42444°W / 60.88556; -149.42444 (60.885663, -149.424556).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 13.0 square miles (34 km2), all of it land.


Sunrise was established in 1895 and incorporated in 1896, and grew rapidly as a supply center for miners participating in the gold rush along Turnagain Arm in late 1890s. It was briefly the largest city in the Alaska Territory.[5] At its height in 1898, the community had a summertime population of 800, with several general stores, saloons, and a restaurant and hotel. The city declined after 1900, with miners drawn to richer gold fields elsewhere in Alaska. Many of its buildings burned in the following years, and the last store closed in 1939. Remnants of the town on either side of Six Mile Creek have been designated an archaeological historic district,[6] and were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997[2].


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

Sunrise first appeared on the 1900 U.S. Census as an unincorporated village. It did not appear again on the census for a century until 2000 when it was made a census-designated place (CDP).

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 18 people, 9 households, and 5 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1.4 people per square mile (0.5/km²). There were 25 housing units at an average density of 1.9/sq mi (0.7/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 88.89% White, and 11.11% from two or more races.

There were 9 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.4% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.4% were non-families. 44.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.00 and the average family size was 2.80.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 27.8% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 16.7% from 25 to 44, 38.9% from 45 to 64, and 11.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.7 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $56,250, and the median income for a family was $0. Males had a median income of $56,250 versus $0 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $56,000, one of the highest in the state. None of the population was living below the poverty line.


  1. ^ 2015 Alaska Municipal Officials Directory. Juneau: Alaska Municipal League. 2015. p. 9. 
  2. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ Federal and state laws and practices restrict general public access to information regarding the specific location of this location. In some cases, this is to protect archeological sites from vandalism, while in cases it restricted is at the request of the owner. See: Knoerl, John; Miller, Diane; Shrimpton, Rebecca H. (1990), Guidelines for Restricting Information about Historic and Prehistoric Resources, National Register Bulletin (29), National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, OCLC 20706997 .
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "Communities". Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area. Retrieved 2015-03-08. 
  6. ^ "Sunrise Tour Brochure 2011" (PDF). Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area. Retrieved 2015-03-08. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.