Surrounded by Wrangell Borough, Ketchikan Gateway Borough and Petersburg Census Area, Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area is often overlooked. With a population of less than 6,000 residents and only 2,262 households in the entire designated area it is easy to understand why. The biggest communities in the area are Metlakatla and Craig. Interestingly, Craig is the namesake of Craig Miller, although he will not appear in many textbooks or AP U.S. history courses; the establishment of a fishing camp by Miller changed the course of Prince Wales-Hyder history. The camp that was created to gather herring eggs was the precursor to the areas modern fishing industry which has been the catalyst for local population growth since the American corporation of the census area. Metlakatla has the rare distinction of being the site of the first Canadian military force ever based on U.S. soil. During WWII an airfield was built on Annette Island, allowing a Canadian garrison to support American efforts.
Prince of Whales-Hyder Census Area is a portion of the Unorganized Borough in Alaska, meaning it does not have a designated borough seat.
The fishing, timber and sawmill industries are the main forces of the local economy. 527 veterans live in Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area. The median household value is $156,300, and the median household income is $45,774.
Prior to 2008, the area was known as the Prince of Wales-Outer Ketchikan Census area, the name was changed due to the annexation of large swathes of land.
Veteran homeowners in Prince of Wales-Hyder potentially qualify for a property tax exemption of up to the first $150,000 of property value. Eligibility is based on income and a disability rating of 100 percent. For more information contact the local office of the assessor.
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The closest VFW Post is in Ketchikan:
Post 4352 Ragnar Myking Post
PO Box 8275 Ketchikan, AK 999013275 United States
Phone: (907) 225-5510
Meeting Location & Time
3113 Tongass Ave Ketchikan, AK 99901-3275 United States
7:00 PM First Tuesday of the month
Quartermaster: Eugene Topping
Commander: Joseph Reeves
VA Property Search
Coffman Cove, Craig, Edna Bay, Hollis, Hydaburg, Hyder, Kassan, Klawock, Metlakatla, Naukati Bay, Point Baker, Port Protection, Thorne Bay, Waterfall, Whale Pass.
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Maximum VA Appraisal Fees Allowable in Prince of Whales-Hyder Census Area
- Single Family: $700
- Condominium: $700
- Duplex Family: $850
- Triplex Family: $900
- Fourplex Family: $900
- Repair Inspection: $100
VA Approved Condos
There are no VA approved condos in the Prince of Whales-Hyder Census Area. Click here if you would like to get a condo approved.
- Alaska VA Loan Information: https://www.vahomeloancenters.org/alsaka-va-home-loan-limits/
- VA Loan Information by State: https://www.vahomeloancenters.org/va-loan-limit-maximum-va-loan-amount/