Nikiski is located just 9 miles north of the City of Kenai. Nikiski has a total population of 4,639 people. The total area of Nikiski is 76.2 square miles.
When the area that Nikiski is in was homesteaded in the 1940s it was traditionally in Kenaitze Indian territory. The territory grew rapidly with the discovery of oil on the Kenai Peninsula in 1957. Unocal, Phillips 66, Chevron and Tesoro were there oil-related industries located in Nikiski by 1964.
Nikiski is the site of a Tesoro Alaska oil refinery. Crude Oil from the Cook Inlet and the North Slope is processed into jet fuel, gasoline and diesel. Nikiski is home to a natural gas to liquid fuel pilot plant that BP has constructed. The fertilizer plant is ran by Agrium, Inc. and employs 500 residents and produces 1 million tons of urea and 600,000 tons of ammonia annually. The other ways that residents find employment is through timber, commercial and sport fishing, government, retail businesses and tourism-related services. There are 56 residents in Nikiski that hold commercial fishing permits.
The City of Kenai is only minutes away and offers an airport and docking facilities. The Port Nikiski docks service offshore drilling platforms. Shell Oil Company owns two private airstrips in Nikiski. The City of Kenai offers plenty of things to do for those heading out to Nikiski. In Kenai there is the Kenai Recreation Center, a movie theatre and a bowling alley.
One of the benefits of living in Nikiski is the Nikiski Swimming Pool. The cost of admissions is $4 for adults, $2 for senior citizens, and kids get in free if you are a Nikiski resident. The pool is great for people who are looking to do lap swimming; it has 6 lanes that are 25 yards each. The pool depth ranges from 1 foot to 10 feet. There is a great kiddy pool for the younger kids that range from 1 to 3 feet. There is a deep end that is 10 feet and has a diving board. There is even a fun water slide for people of all ages to enjoy. There is even a hot tub for those who are just looking for sit back and relax while the kids are out playing. The men’s and women’s locker rooms are both equipped with bathrooms, showers and lockers for visitors to use.
There are two schools in Nikiski and both are part of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Parents can send their child to Nikiski North Star Elementary School. Nikiski North Star is a public school that serves grades PK-6. Nikiski North Star received a distinguished GreatSchools Rating of 8 out of 10. The other school out in Nikiski is Nikiski Middle/Senior High School. Nikiski Middle/Senior High is a public school that serves grades 7-12. Nikiski Middle/Senior High received a distinguished GreatSchools Rating of 7 out of 10.