Seward is situated at the head of Resurrection Bay on the Kenai Peninsula. it is surrounded by majestic snow-capped mountains which are blanketed with lush green vegetation, trees and alpine wild flowers. Footrace famous Mt. Marathon is the western backdrop of Seward with Harding Ice field lined along the back extending to the coast. Chugach National Forest, Kenai Fjords National Park and Caines Head State Recreation area are nearby. Founded in 1903 as the ocean terminus of what is now the Alaska Railroad, Seward prides itself, not only on its natural beauty, but as Alaska's only deep-water, ice-free port with rail, highway and air transportation to Alaska's interior and major urban population centers. This strategically positions Seward for Pacific Rim maritime commerce. Seward is a progressive community that enjoys a beautiful and scenic natural Alaskan environment with numerous visitor attractions. The town offers day cruises, kayaking, fishing, abundant marine activities and wildlife, unparalleled recreation and is the terminus for the Alaska Railroad. Seward is the gateway to the Kenai Fjords National Park, was named All-American City in 1963, 1965, and 2005, and enjoys a low mill rate of 3.12. Within the city there is a 7% sales tax and a 4% bed tax. Our population within city limits is about 2,600 people, with another 2,600 people living just beyond our city boundaries. Seward experiences a maritime climate with average winter temperatures ranging from 17 to 38 degrees Fahrenheit and average summer temperatures ranging 49 to 63 degrees Fahrenheit. We can see 66 inches on average of rain a year, and 80 inches of snowfall.