Greeting from Ketchikan
An island community located on the southern tip of Alaska’s panhandle, Ketchikan offers its residents the perfect balance of small-town living, stunning natural landscapes, and global connectivity.
But don’t let our small size and remote location fool you. While we only have about 15,000 full-time residents, Ketchikan is a powerful SE Alaskan commerce center, housing the regional health center, headquarters for the AK Marine Highway, Vigor Industrial Shipworks, Ketchikan Coast Guard base and a thriving commercial fishing fleet. We’re also a tourist hub, welcoming nearly 1.5 million visitors a year, who come for world-class fishing, the world’s largest collection of totem poles, the Misty Fjords National Monument, shopping at historic Creek Street, and to see the wild salmon runs, abundant eagles, whales, bears, and other wildlife. Our community also boasts a vibrant local arts community and a wide cross-section of cultural diversity.