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Halibut Cove, Alaska

Halibut Cove is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska, United States. The population was 76 at the 2010 census, up from 35 in 2000.

Halibut Cove, Alaska
Halibut Cove contains the local harbor and many visitor-related businesses
Halibut Cove contains the local harbor and many visitor-related businesses
Location of Halibut Cove, Alaska
Location of Halibut Cove, Alaska
Coordinates: 59°35′51″N 151°14′5″W / 59.59750°N 151.23472°W / 59.59750; -151.23472Coordinates: 59°35′51″N 151°14′5″W / 59.59750°N 151.23472°W / 59.59750; -151.23472
CountryUnited States
BoroughKenai Peninsula
 • Borough mayorMike Navarre[1]
 • State senatorGary Stevens (R)
 • State rep.Louise Stutes (R)
 • Total11.4 sq mi (29.4 km2)
 • Land8.1 sq mi (21 km2)
 • Water3.2 sq mi (8.4 km2)
 • Total76
Time zoneUTC-9 (Alaska (AKST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-8 (AKDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)907
FIPS code02-31270

Originally a fishing village, Halibut Cove is now home to several artists and businesses. One of the only floating U.S. post offices is there. A popular tourist destination, the cove offers several lodges and cabins and the only way to get around the cove is by boat.



Halibut Cove is located at 59°35′51″N 151°14′5″W / 59.59750°N 151.23472°W / 59.59750; -151.23472 (59.597549, -151.234607).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 11.4 square miles (30 km2), of which, 8.1 square miles (21 km2) of it is land and 3.2 square miles (8.3 km2) of it (28.61%) is water.

Visitors reach Halibut Cove by private boat from Homer; by the locally operated ferry, the Danny J.; or by float plane. There is no road access; the primary modes of transportation within the cove are by foot, skiff, or ATV. Open to the public areas in the lagoon are connected by boardwalks and many homes and businesses are fully or partially constructed on pilings over the water.


Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[3]

Halibut Cove first appeared on the 1940 U.S. Census as an unincorporated village. It did not appear on the 1950 census, but returned again in 1960, and in every successive census to date. It was made a census-designated place (CDP) in 1980.

The cove seen from atop the "Arch Trail"

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 35 people, 18 households, and 12 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 4.3 people per square mile (1.7/km²). There were 123 housing units at an average density of 15.2/sq mi (5.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 97.14% White, and 2.86% from two or more races.

There were 18 households, of which 16.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.7% were married couples living together, and 33.3% were non-families. 33.3% of all households were individuals, and 11.1% had someone living alone age 65 years or older. The average household size was 1.94, and the average family size was 2.42.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 14.3% under the age of 18, 31.4% from 25 to 44, 31.4% from 45 to 64, and 22.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females, there were 133.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 130.8 males.

The median household income was $50,000, and the median income for a family was $38,000. Males had a median income of $30,000 versus $12,000 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $55,000.

It is worth noting that census data does not take into account seasonal homes not occupied during the census period, of which here are may in the Cove.

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Typical example of the type of construction used in Halibut Cove lagoon


  1. ^ 2015 Alaska Municipal Officials Directory. Juneau: Alaska Municipal League. 2015. p. 9.
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  3. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.