Bear Creek is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 1,956, up from 1,748 in 2000. Bear Creek is a few miles north of Seward near the stream of the same name and its source, Bear Lake.
Bear Creek is located at 60°10′34″N 149°23′42″W / 60.17611°N 149.39500°W / 60.17611; -149.39500 (60.176060, -149.395066). It is bordered to the south by the city of Seward and to the north by Primrose. The CDP includes the unincorporated community of Woodrow, located at the south end of Bear Lake.
Alaska Route 9, the Seward Highway, runs the length of the Bear Creek community, leading south 4 miles (6 km) to the center of Seward and north 31 miles (50 km) to Alaska Route 1 at Tern Lake. Anchorage is 122 miles (196 km) north of Bear Creek.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 39.5 square miles (102.2 km), of which 38.2 square miles (99.0 km) are land and 1.3 square miles (3.3 km), or 3.21%, are water. The southern border of the CDP is the Resurrection River to its outlet in Resurrection Bay. Bear Lake is in the center, draining south to the Resurrection. The CDP is bordered to the northeast by the South Fork of the Snow River, which flows north to Kenai Lake and is part of the Kenai River watershed flowing west to Cook Inlet.
Bear Creek first appeared on the 2000 U.S. Census as a census-designated place (CDP).
At the 2000 census, there were 1,748 people, 686 households and 432 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 41.7 per square mile (16.1/km²). There were 806 housing units at an average density of 19.2/sq mi (7.4/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 80.32% White, 0.29% Black or African American, 11.61% Native American, 1.03% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 1.03% from other races, and 5.61% from two or more races. 1.89% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 686 households of which 36.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.6% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.0% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.11.
28.4% of the population were under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 33.7% from 25 to 44, 26.4% from 45 to 64, and 5.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 119.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 122.6 males.
The median household income was $53,800 and the median family income was $57,167. Males had a median income of $37,339 and females $24,938. The per capita income was $20,947. About 2.0% of families and 5.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.7% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.