Soldotna Alaska

Soldotna, Alaska is a small town of 4,163 people located on the Kenai Peninsula where the Sterling Highway crosses the Kenai River. Soldotna offers a unique lifestyle for its residents. Homeowners enjoy the beauty of the Alaska Kenai Peninsula, which offers an abundance of outdoor recreation.   The area is a popular sport fishing destination in the summer and is ideally located to access many of the fresh and salt water fisheries. Soldotna is also the seat for the Kenai Peninsula Borough government, school district and health care.

Soldotna Real Estate

The Soldotna real estate market is small but healthy with many types of land, income property and homes for sale. The average sales price for a single family home is about $225,000 and will likely buy you a ranch with three bedrooms, two baths and a garage.

Year # Sold Avg. List Price Avg. Sold Price % Sold Price Change Avg. DOM
2011 57 $226,508 $217,173 18.19% 107
2012 44 $261,952 $242,137 11.49% 163
2013 64 $234,795 $228,381 -5.68% 124

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Soldotna Employment & Economy

Employment & work in Soldotna have a focus in health care, local government, tourism and the many retail businesses that support the area.  Many residents of Soldotna also commute to oil and gas careers in the area or shift work on the Alaska North Slope. The unemployment rate is lower here than the national average!

Top Five Soldotna Employers are Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, Central Peninsula Hospital, Kenai Peninsula Borough, Frontier Community Services and Fred Meyer.

Central Peninsula Hospital has an expanding campus that caters to emergency care, outpatient treatment, cancer and a myriad of other healthcare needs. There is also an elder care facility. Central Peninsula Hospital serves an estimated 36,000 people on the Kenai Peninsula. They serve the following communities Soldotna, Kenai, Sterling, Kasilof, Ninilchik, Clam Gulch, and Cooper Landing, with secondary service to Homer, Seward, Anchor Point and Moose Pass. There are also many healthcare businesses surrounding Central Peninsula Hospital including dental, massage, and physical therapy offices.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough and the School District are located within Soldotna. The Borough and the school district boundaries are huge. They extend over the entire Kenai Peninsula from Hope to the southern tip of the peninsula and include a good portion of the Alaska range on the West side of the Cook Inlet. The central borough government office in Soldonta has the administration, planning, zoning, tax and assessment offices. If you would like to request your private homeowners information be removed from the public internet record you would do it there.

Soldotna has many seasonal jobs including guiding, tourism, and retail. Soldotna booms during fishing season as many fishing guides and retirees relocate to the area to chase fish and profits. Fred Meyer and Safeway are among the largest retail employers.

Soldotna Schools

Small class sizes and great teachers equal Soldotna schools! Here is a list of what schools are in Soldotna.

  • Elementary Schools: K-Beach Elementary, Redoubt Elementary, Soldotna Elementary, Soldotna Montessori.
  • Middle Schools: Skyview Middle School.
  • High School: Soldotna High School
  • Kenai Peninsula College is a part of The University of Alaska Anchorage. This campus in Soldotna has an ever expanding curriculum and educational opportunities for people right here on the Kenai peninsula. This campus features online classes, dorms, and low tuition. This campus also features jump start classes for high school seniors to earn college credit while in high school. Kenai Peninsula College employs many full time and part time staff and has many student jobs available. This vibrant campus offers area specific studies and workshops such as the Kenai River Guide Academy and the yearly Kachemak Bay writing conference.

Private Schools are Grace Lutheran School, preschool through 8th grade, and Cook Inlet Acadcemy.

Home-school program: Connections Home School Program

How To Find  A Soldotna Pre-Schools or Daycare

We recommend visiting the State of Alaska Child Care Program Office for information on childcare. You can search for all licensed daycare provides in the state by city here: Child Care Provider Database. Another great resource is Thread Alaska, an organization that offers training to childcare providers and parents. They will make a limited recommendation for childcare providers if you call 1800 278 3723.

Soldotna Parks and Events

Yearly events in Soldotna include the Kenai River Festival. This yearly festival hosted by the Kenai Rivershed Forum has free music, food, and booths to learn more about preservation of the Kenai River. There are childrens’ activities and an annual 10K and 5K run. This event run by volunteers is a fun way to celebrate and enjoy the Kenai River.Progress Days is another yearly event that attracts visitors and locals alike. A parade, dutch oven contest, and vendor booths are just a few of the main events in this 4th of July affair.

The Tsalteshi trails in Soldotna are a great place to go year round. These trails are great for hiking and running in the summer and a welcome adventure on cross country skis in the winter. The trails are even lit up for evening ski trips.

The Soldotna Sport’s Center is a hub of year round activities. They are host to the Kenai River Brown Bears. This Junior hockey team, part of the NAHL, is in a league of 22 other teams from all over the U.S. The Soldotna Sports Center also hosts events like the yearly Relay For Life event to raise money for cancer treatment and research.

The Soldotna Creek Park is a great spot to take in the scenery or go fishing! This 5 acre park can be used for day fishing, picnics or just to soak up the wilderness. This boardwalk is also handicap accessible. Another great fishing spot in Soldotna is Rotary Park. This park by the Soldotna Municipal Airport is a day fishing area. The maintained trails are right on the Kenai River. Soldotna also has a great community schools program with art classes, recreation and even classes on how to become organized!

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