Soldotna is a city in Southern Alaska and a part of the Kenai Peninsula area. Its ideal location and quaint community have made it an enticing option for retirees. Aside from this, the city is also home to beautiful natural attractions and outdoor recreation.
Climate & Geography
The south central region of Alaska has a subarctic climate which is characterized by long, snowy winters with average temperatures that are below freezing, while summers are short, cool to cold, and dry. Residents can expect more than triple the snowfall than the national average and approximately 134 days of sunshine throughout each year.
Soldotna's city limits span seven miles along the Kenai River. The city itself is built mainly on flat land along the shallow river valley, but residents are near wide mountain ranges and heavily forested areas. To the west is the Cook Inlet, which branches off from the Gulf of Alaska, and Tustumena Lake and Skilak Lake are situated to the south and east, respectively.
Recreation, Culture & Entertainment
Like most of Alaska, Soldotna is known for having an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities that are unique to its location. In fact, The Kenai River was selected by CNN Travel as one of the World’s 15 Best Rivers for Travelers. The area along this river offers plenty of activities such as fishing, skiing, hiking, kayaking, camping. There are also the Kenai Fjords National Park and Kachemak Bay State Park nearby for even more options.
Aside from outdoor adventures, Soldotna is home to a quaint downtown where residents can find plenty of local businesses and regional attractions, such as the Soldotna Historical Museum & Society. There are also many breweries and restaurants which are popular social hubs in Soldotna.
The state's capital city of Anchorage is less than three hours away, providing residents access to some big city amenities as well as an international airport for long distance travel.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The cost of living in Soldotna is only 8.2 percent higher than the U.S average. The cost of housing is also right along the national median.
Alaska is one of the most tax-friendly states in the nation. There is no state income tax, and it is one of the few states with no state sales tax. However, Soldotna has a local sales tax of their own, at a rate of 3 percent. Additionally, Social Security benefits and retirement income are untaxed, and homeowners who are 65+ are exempt from municipal taxes.
Alaska frequently ranks among the top 10 states in the nation in Gallup’s Well-Being Index.
The main medical center of Soldotna is Central Peninsula Hospital. Anchorage is home to two highly rated hospitals which are Providence Alaska Medical Center and Alaska Medical Center.