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Retirement Living In Southcentral Alaska - Kenai Peninsula Borough

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Area Description

Residents are drawn to Seward for our sense of community and quality of life. Honored as a three-time All America City (1963, 1965, 2005), Seward has a lot to offer. Explore Seward, and like us, you’ll likely find that your Alaska Starts Here®.

Known as the 'Gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park' Seward is a picturesque town located 126 miles south of Anchorage. Discover our bustling harbor and historic downtown filled with quaint shops and art galleries. Experience trophy sport fishing, glacier and wildlife cruises, sailing, hiking, kayaking, flight seeing and more. A wide range of accommodations, restaurants, RV parks, tent camping, and visitor services are available. (907) 224-8051 or www.Seward.com

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Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Seward – Alaska Starts Here®! With so much to do, you will fill your vacation with unmatched memories. If you want play on the water, opt for a kayak tour, a sailing adventure, or some world-class fishing for halibut, salmon, or other local species. From a bird’s-eye view, Seward’s spectacular scenery is unmatched. Glacial lakes, the Harding Icefield, and other treasures will give you an appreciation for Alaska like no other!Flight-seeing options include scenic trips or flights in combination with dog-sledding and kayak adventures.

Kenai Fjords National Park is a Seward treasure, and visitors can experience the Park on a day cruise or by foot at Exit Glacier. After taking in the scenic wonders, peer eye to eye with the marine life that shares our environment at the Alaska SeaLife Center. Hikers will come to treasure the Seward area for the myriad of trails. Whether seeking to explore beyond the tree line or some quiet in a forested are, Seward’s hiking trails offer something for all abilities and interests. Many trails can be explored by bicycle, and the Seward Municipal Bike Path, right along the shore, is an easy way to travel through town.

Cultural Activities

For in-town explorations, see if you can find all of the hand-painted murals – Seward was named the Mural Capital of Alaska in 2009. Stop into the local art galleries or the museum for some local flavor. Or join the locals at the library for a movie or a live musical performance in local pubs and coffee houses.

Public transportation

During our busy summer months, Seward offers a free shuttle bus service from mid-May through mid-September. Because of our small size, most residents find it easy to walk, bike or drive around town all year long.

Medical Facilities

Providence Seward Medical and Care Center features a 24-hour emergency room and 4-bed in-patient hospital. Seward Mountain Haven is a state-of-the-art long term care facility, opened in 2009, with capacity for 40 residents.

Seward Community Health Center (SCHC) is a federally qualified community health center that serves the entire community of Seward and surrounding area. Providing comprehensive primary healthcare services to patients including medical care, minor office procedures, immunizations, laboratory tests, well child visits, school and sports physicals, management of chronic conditions, referrals to specialty care, prenatal and post-partum care, and general health education and counseling. SCHC does not discriminate based on ability to pay. Seward Community Health Center accepts patients of all ages and offers a sliding fee discount program to anyone who qualifies. For more information on appointments and the discount program contact the Health Center at 224-2273.

Other local services include dental, family practice, public health, physical therapy, chiropractic care, pharmacy and counseling services.

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Southcentral Alaska - Kenai Peninsula Borough?

Typical Temps for Seward - May High 52. Low 34. June High 50, Low 41.
July High 63, Low 46. August High 62, Low 45. September High 54, Low 39.
Seward has, depending on the isotherm, a subpolar oceanic climate or a subarctic climate, and lies just within the subpolar/subarctic zone,[6] with moderate temperatures for Alaska and, due to its location along the Gulf of Alaska coast, high levels of precipitation.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  17  23  29
 Feb  18  25  32
 Mar  22  29  37
 Apr  29  37  45
 May  36  45  54
 Jun  43  52  60
 Jul  48  55  63
 Aug  46  54  63
 Sep  40  48  55
 Oct  31  37  43
 Nov  22  27  33
 Dec  19  25  31

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  27  4
 Feb  0  24  3
 Mar  0  26  2
 Apr  0  19  0
 May  0  8  0
 Jun  0  1  0
 Jul  0  0  0
 Aug  0  1  0
 Sep  0  4  0
 Oct  0  16  0
 Nov  0  25  1
 Dec  0  26  3

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  7 "  14  19 %
 Feb  5 "  12  18 %
 Mar  4 "  12  21 %
 Apr  4 "  12  28 %
 May  3 "  12  33 %
 Jun  2 "  11  43 %
 Jul  3 "  13  46 %
 Aug  5 "  14  46 %
 Sep  9 "  17  39 %
 Oct  9 "  16  28 %
 Nov  6 "  13  20 %
 Dec  8 "  16  20 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  15 "  24  7
 Feb  13 "  23  6
 Mar  11 "  24  5
 Apr  4 "  14  3
 May  0 "  3  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  2 "  2  1
 Nov  10 "  14  5
 Dec  20 "  23  8

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Cost of Living for Southcentral Alaska - Kenai Peninsula Borough

Southcentral Alaska - Kenai Peninsula Borough cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

The Seward housing market is varied – from large, high-end homes to small “starter” properties. Property is available for those wishing to build their own home, and renters can choose from single family homes and apartments. Neighborhoods are diverse, with several subdivisions outside city limits.

The Alaska Multiple Listing Service can be accessed online, or you can contact area realtors that are members of the Seward Chamber.

Senior Assistance in Southcentral Alaska - Kenai Peninsula Borough

Southcentral Alaska - Kenai Peninsula Borough offers the following assistance for seniors:

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