Quality of Life
Soldotna is a small city that's thriving and engaged. Located in the heart of the Kenai Peninsula, we anchor many of the services for a regional population of almost 30,000. The City supports our local arts and entertainment scene -- and knows the value of having great parks, lifelong educational opportunities, and quality health care.
For the past several years, the City has invested heavily in our downtown, from the completion of Soldotna Creek Park, to our Storefront Improvement Program for businesses, to our recent beautification efforts. People are taking notice and stepping forward to create the kind of community they want to live in -- from year-round events, to weekly live music at local restaurants, to the overall sense of energy and revitalization. We're happy to say that Soldotna is a place where the public, private, and non-profit sectors support each other to move our town forward.
community -- and the folks who choose it as their home.
If you love the outdoors - whether you're a big adventure seeker or someone who appreciates a slightly more peaceful pace - our location provides phenomenal opportunities in every direction. The world-famous Kenai River runs right through our downtown, so you can leave the office at five and have a line in by 5:15. Tsalteshi Trails gives us access to trail riding (bikes are big here) and cross country skiing, with year-round races and fun events for people of all ages. On the weekends, some folks like to get out of the City and into the two-million acre Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, or hit the salt water in Prince William Sound or Kachemak Bay.
Soldotna's neighborhoods are well-planned, close to our downtown, and offer a variety of housing options. Our schools are among the best -- the KPB School Districtis the highest-ranking in the state. In Soldotna, the district includes two elementary schools, a middle school, a ninth grade academy, and Soldotna High School (or "Sohi"). Students can also enroll at River City Academy or the Montessori school. Kenai Peninsula College, nestled on 300 acres on the banks of the Kenai River, provides both liberal arts and technical education and strongly elevates the cultural offerings of our small city.
There's additional information on our community in the visitors and tourism section of our website, where you can read more about community history, events, family-friendly activities, and recreation opportunities. We think you're going to love living here.
Business Succeeds Here
Soldotna’s business community continues to grow, thanks to a stable and inviting investment climate. In a 2015 survey of over 200 business owners and representatives, 94 percent of respondents told us that Soldotna is as good as or better than other communities as a place to do business. And over 80 percent of folks rated Soldotna as a better place to live than other communities. Area business owners appreciate the stability of our community -- 85 percent expected their business operations to increase or stay the same over the coming years.
Our approach to economic development is pretty simple: help create a community where people want to live and play, and an investment climate where folks feel comfortable taking risk. Because we are a small community, we can provide our business owners with a lot of time and attention, and focus our resources on solving problems when they arise. We've found that every business owner may need something different, from assistance finding a lease space or property which meets their needs, to a quick and painless permitting and entitlement process, to capital funds for building improvements, or help gathering data about our community and local economy. Get a hold of us, and let us give it our best effort.
A Strategic Location
“We realized that the junction [of the two highways] and the bridge (over the Kenai River) would inevitably become the location of a city...”
-- Ralph Soberg, AKDOT Road Crew Foreman (from The Peninsula Times, 1962)
Savvy pioneers of present day Soldotna chose their homesteads in the area in the late 1940's and early 1950's for access to the Kenai River and Soldotna Creek, as well as what would later become the intersection of the region's two major highways. Today, these connections continue to be of vital importance to our community.
In the decades since, new developments have occurred which contribute to Soldotna's role as an economic hub of the Kenai Peninsula, including Central Peninsula Hospital and the surrounding health care district, Kenai Peninsula College, offices of various local, state and federal government services, and a thriving food, drink, and cultural scene.
Whether we're talking about a strategic geographic location for business, or just the synergy you get from locating in a diverse and growing local economy, we believe you'll find what you're looking for in Soldotna.