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Funny River, Alaska
Location of Funny River, Alaska
Location of Funny River, Alaska
Coordinates: 60°29′38″N 150°46′54″W / 60.49389°N 150.78167°W / 60.49389; -150.78167
FUNNY RIVER ALASKA Latitude and Longitude:

60°29′38″N 150°46′54″W / 60.49389°N 150.78167°W / 60.49389; -150.78167
Country United States
State Alaska
Borough Kenai Peninsula
 • Borough mayor Mike Navarre [1]
 •  State senator Peter Micciche ( R)
 •  State rep. Mike Chenault (R)
 • Total29.0 sq mi (75.0 km2)
 • Land26.7 sq mi (69.2 km2)
 • Water2.2 sq mi (5.8 km2)
289 ft (88 m)
( 2010)
 • Total877
 • Density33/sq mi (12.7/km2)
Time zone UTC-9 ( Alaska (AKST))
 • Summer ( DST) UTC-8 (AKDT)
Area code(s) 907
FIPS code02-27145
GNIS feature ID1865552

Funny River is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 877, [2] up from 636 in 2000.

It is best known for the Funny River Fire in May 2014. [3]


Funny River is located on the northwestern side of the Kenai Peninsula at 60°29′38″N 150°46′54″W / 60.49389°N 150.78167°W / 60.49389; -150.78167 (60.493952, -150.781743). [4] It is bordered to the west by Soldotna and to the north by the Kenai River, across which is the CDP of Sterling. Road access to the community is only from Soldotna, as there are no bridges across the Kenai River between Funny River and Sterling. The Funny River, for which the community is named, enters the CDP from the south and joins the Kenai River 6 miles (10 km) upstream from (east of) Soldotna. Browns Lake is in the eastern part of the CDP.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the Funny River CDP has a total area of 29.0 square miles (75.0 km2), of which 26.7 square miles (69.2 km2) are land and 2.2 square miles (5.8 km2), or 7.70%, are water. [2]


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census [5]

Funny River first appeared on the 2000 U.S. Census as a census-designated place (CDP).

As of the census [6] of 2010, there were 877 people, 278 households, and 182 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 23.4 people per square mile (9.0/km²). There were 621 housing units at an average density of 22.8/sq mi (8.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 93.71% White, 1.73% Native American, 1.10% Asian, 1.42% from other races, and 2.04% from two or more races. 0.47% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 278 households out of which 22.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.9% were married couples living together, 3.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.5% were non-families. 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.80.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 20.1% under the age of 18, 3.8% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 38.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females, there were 114.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 119.9 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $43,047, and the median income for a family was $51,518. Males had a median income of $29,821 versus $21,875 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $22,648. About 3.2% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.9% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ 2015 Alaska Municipal Officials Directory. Juneau: Alaska Municipal League. 2015. p. 9.
  2. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Funny River CDP, Alaska". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  3. ^ "Eight Pictures of Alaska’s ‘Funny River Fire’ That Exploded to Twice the Size of Seattle" The Blaze. Retrieved 2014-12-01.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.