Ketchikan, AK Overview
Ketchikan is located on Revillagigedo Island, 700 miles (1,100 km) north of Seattle, WA, and 235 miles (378 km) south of Juneau, Alaska. It is surrounded by the Tongass National Forest, which is managed by the United States Forest Service from headquarters in the Ketchikan Federal Building downtown. The city has a total area of 5.9 square miles (15.3 km). 4.4 square miles (11.3 km) of it is land and 1.5 square miles (4.0 km) of it (29.14%) is water.
Ketchikan’s economy is based upon government services, tourism and commercial fishing and the city is known as the “Salmon Capital of the World.” The Misty Fiords National Monument is one of the area’s major attractions.
Detailed Map of Ketchikan, AK
Ketchikan has a (Koppen Cfb) climate. Winters are cool but far milder than its latitude alone may suggest: January has a 24-hour average of 33.6 °F (0.9 °C). Summers are mild, as August’s high averages 64.4 °F (18.0 °C). Another feature of the area’s climate is the high amount of rainfall, with an equivalent average of 153 inches (3,900 mm) per year, falling more heavily in autumn and winter.