Unincorporated, located within Anchorage
in the Municipality of Anchorage
- Area Type
- Place of Interest
- Current Population
- Population Comment
- Population is counted as part of Anchorage.
- Pronunciation/Other Names
- (gurd' wood)
- Community's Judicial District
- Census Designated Place (CDP)
Geography and Climate
- Girdwood is located on Turnagain Arm in the Municipality of Anchorage, 35 miles southeast of downtown Anchorage. The area is accessed by the Seward Highway. Girdwood is bordered on three sides by the Chugach State Park and Chugach National Forest.
- The average temperatures in January range from 8 to 21 °F; in July, average temperatures range from 51 to 65 °F. Annual precipitation averages 80 inches, with 69 inches of snowfall.
- Community Map Available
- Sq Mi Land
- Sq Mi Water
History and Culture
- The community was named for James E. Girdwood, who staked a claim at Crow Creek in 1896. The Girdwood post office was established in 1907. In 1951, the Seward Highway was completed, linking Anchorage to the Kenai Peninsula. The City of Girdwood was formed during the 1960s, but the community was unified with the City of Anchorage and the Greater Anchorage Area Borough in 1975.
- Residents enjoy the rural lifestyle of Girdwood. Girdwood is home to the Alyeska Ski Resort. It is frequented by Anchorage and Kenai residents during winter months and tourists during summer months.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- Number of Commercial Fishing Permit Holders
- Number of Commercial Fishing Permits Issued
- CDQ Participant
- Girdwood has a gravel airstrip. Nearby Anchorage provides a number of transportation options. Girdwood is 38 miles on the Seward highway from Anchorage.
- State Ferry
- Cargo Barge
- Road Connection