Welcome to Ketchikan,

You're going to love it here!

As the world looks for ways to move forward, the State of Alaska is setting the standard for COVID Safety.

Reasons to Live in Ketchikan

  • Permanent Fund Dividend

    Once you become a resident of Alaska, the state will pay you after a year of living here. Every year, each Alaska resident will receive money from the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend. The amount varies each year, but can be as high as $2,000 per person.

  • No Added Income Tax

    Don't worry about added income taxes. Alaska is one of only 9 states with no income tax. 

  • Fiber Optic Internet

    You can work from home like you are still at the office. Ketchikan offers Gigabit Fiber Optic Internet to our homes, and if you sign up now you can receive up to 3 months free!

  • Health Benefits

    Ketchikan being in the top percentile of fresh air quality and fresh drinking water. As well as the ability to acquire forest/ocean to table food, Ketchikan offers the basics to a healthy lifestyle.

  • No State Sales Tax

    Alaska is also one of 5 states with no state sales tax!

  • Outstanding Schools

    Ketchikan offers many opportunities for students to positively grow in their education. Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District provides single-site and combination settings for a student to earn a high school degree. Whether it is a traditional mainstream school setting, online learning setting, alternative school setting, advanced culturally-integrated setting, home school setting, career technical focus, or a combination of these, Ketchikan staff works diligently to meet students’ many educational needs according to their unique strengths and abilities.

KGBSD has a long history of strong academic, athletic, and
extracurricular success that is directly connected to a dedicated and talented staff, innovative school-level leadership, a devoted board of education, active and strong parental involvement, and a supportive and generous community. Together we foster an educational culture of academic excellence, meaningful connections, and nurturing environments to maximize every student’s unique potential.

No Commute

The average drive through town is 7.5 minutes. If you choose to live outside of city limits, then your commute might be a brisk 20 minutes in total. Downtown Ketchikan offers great walkability and our transit system offers 125+ stops on a regular route through the City of Ketchikan, the Village of Saxman, and the Ketchikan Gateway Borough.

Pro Tip: Ketchikan even offers complimentary paratransit services.

Clean Air

You can smell it when you arrive. Fresh, clean, and pure air. Ketchikan is situated on the coast of Revillagigedo Island in the heart of the Tongass National Forest. With towering mountains and a constant ocean breeze, we have the largest backyard in the entire world. And it’s waiting for you to explore!

Pro Tip: Need a computer break, take the dog for a refreshing walk around Ward Lake!

Stay Connected

Worried about staying connected in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness? You shouldn’t be! Ketchikan has the highest percentage of homes and business in the nation connected to fiber internet via our locally owned KPU Telecom. You can stay connected with everyone, everywhere, anytime!

Pro-Tip: KPU offers FREE installation of fiber to your home!

About Ketchikan

Ketchikan represents a unique opportunity to live a truly connected lifestyle unlike any other city.

Just 90 minutes by air from Seattle, living in Ketchikan offers unlimited access to breathtaking natural beauty that can only come with living in the middle of the Tongass National Forest all while staying connected with unlimited access to the nation’s most sophisticated internet.

From award-winning medical and educational facilities to low-cost renewable energy, and featuring a world-renowned arts and cultural experience, your new home is a welcoming and friendly community.

All of these things are what make Ketchikan one of the most unique places on Earth. We call it small-town living, with big-city amenities.


With a wide array of arts events, sports races, fishing, live music, and community festivals happening throughout the year, you’ll struggle to find a weekend with nothing to do.

Pro Tip: On an average weekend in Ketchikan, there are 15+ events happening simultaneously between the arts, youth sports, non-profits, and other community events.


From your hometown diner, where there’s always a friendly face, to nationally recognized seafood and cuisine destinations, Ketchikan is decadently surprising.

Known as the “Salmon Capital of the World,” we’ve got the best seafood on the planet right in your own backyard.

Pro Tip: You might even have the opportunity to catch it yourself.


Ketchikan features a 30 million dollar indoor recreation facility which offers a waterpark, basketball courts, racquetball courts, cardio gym facilities, and so much more for just $175 a year!

Ketchikan offers classes at a number of fitness facilities around the city with skilled trainers in everything from yoga to jiu-jitsu.

Pro Tip: Looking for outdoor activities? Ketchikan offers countless miles of trails through the beautiful Tongass National Forest!


Explore our First Friday Art Walks, jam out at the Monthly Grind with local musicians, take in the world’s largest collection of Totem Poles in Saxman, or stroll through the shops on historic Creek Street. 

Pro Tip: Check out the free Museum Midday Talks once a month at noon at the Tongass Historical Museum.


So many brews, so many choices! Coffee is locally brewed at our very own Green Bean Coffee Company, but you can take in excellent caffeine at a number of places. Might we recommend our newest community co-working spot? Pilot House. Free internet, mini offices for rent by the hour, day, or more, and the most exceptional coffee that is locally produced.

Pro Tip: Brewing at Home? Green Bean has coffee from around the world. Need a quick fix? Head out to Pilot House.


Ketchikan offers a number of local clinics that specialize in primary care and features a state-of-the-art regional hospital, PeaceHealth Ketchikan. Newly remodeled in 2019, PeaceHealth serves Ketchikan and the surrounding communities with such things as 3D mammograms and a brand new surgical suite.

Pro Tip: Healthcare providers in Ketchikan know your name and know you. Expect to spend more time discussing your needs and your goals. You’re a person, not a number in Ketchikan.


Ketchikan boasts a large variety of local shops and boutiques from clothing to furniture, books, and outdoor gear! We also have a Walmart, Safeway, and True Value Hardware.

Pro Tip: Madison True Value offers free popcorn and Tongass Marine Store has a coffee group that meets amidst their crab pots display to discuss fishing.


Explore the beaches, kayak along the coast, hike through thousands of acres of trails, and camp at any number of lakes and campgrounds. Ketchikan is located in the middle of the world’s largest temperate rain forest where you can enjoy the great outdoors without the extreme weather.

Pro Tip: Join the weekender group that jumps into the surf at Refuge Cove Beach every weekend.

Ladies Classic
Polar Plunge

Ketchikan Real Estate

Our home defines us, and your new home in Ketchikan should define your character, too. With remarkably affordable housing compared to where you might live now, the possibilities are endless.

Need a beachfront paradise? We have that. Something in the forest? We have that, too.

Whether it’s downtown walkable living, or something more remote, you’ll find our rentals and homes for sale to be comparable and affordable to most major cities in the United States.

All totally connected via our fiber network.

Avg. 2 Bedroom
Rental in Ketchikan


Home Price per
sqft in Ketchikan



1,063 mi2

of Forest & Fresh Air!

Looking for the ideal house to call a home?

We welcome you to Choose Ketchikan! Apply now to join our community today!

We welcome you to Choose Ketchikan! Apply now to join our community today!