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Haines (Tlingit: Deishú) is a census-designated place located in Haines Borough, Alaska, United States. It is in the northern part of the Alaska Panhandle, near Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

As of the 2010 census, the population of the Haines CDP was 1,713, out of a total 2,508 in Haines Borough.

Below is a snapshot of the cost of living in Haines.

  • Average Lunch: $7.00 – $9.00 (not including tip & tax)
  • Cable TV Subscription: $41.36+ up./Month
  • Electricity:
    Residential:  $0.3721 Per KWH
    Business:  $0.3389 Per KWH + $15.00 flat rate customer charge
  • Fuel:
    Gasoline: $3.85/Gal.
    Diesel: $3.55/Gal.
  • Home Heating Oil:
    #1   $3.15/Gal.
    #2   $3.12/Gal.
  • Grocery: Allow $300.00 per month/per adult
  • Ladies Hairstyle: $25.50
  • Men’s Haircut: $17.50
  • Medical Clinic Office Call: $90.00 – $130.00
  • Propane: $3.35/Gal. Delivered
  • Taxes: 5.5% Sales Tax on all purchases (including food)
  • Telephone: $30.00/Mo. Base Residential Rate
  • Trash Collection: $50.00/Mo. Base Residential Rate (2 cans)
  • Water/Sewer: $65.10/Month Residential Rate

What to See and Do

A popular cruise port, Haines is a great place to enjoy the great outdoors with the Yukon wilderness at your doorstep.  Hiking, fishing, kayaking and wildlife viewing are the most popular pastimes for Haines residents. Cross country skiing, snow machining, snow-shoeing, ice skating, ice fishing and hunting are the outdoor highlights during the winter months. For those concerned about the longer nights during winter, don’t be. For perspective, during the shortest day of the year, December 21st, Haines has nearly 6 hours of daylight.

Just 15 minutes from Haines by air, the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is one of the most popular wilderness parks in North America. Expect to explore spectacular glaciers, alpine scenery, and enjoy whale watching as a common weekend getaway. Also enjoy local annual events like the Alaska Bald Eagle Festival and the Annual Freeride World Tour.

Eating and Drinking

With a population of 2,500 people, our city center is just a few blocks, but boasts several bars and restaurants, plus a beautiful, award-winning library.


Where to Live

Rentals range from $500 to $1,200 per month. Rentals are usually full in the summer. Property is always on the market in Haines. Townsite lots cost between $12,000 and $60,000. View lots $50,000 to $250,000. Acreage outside of townsite area varies from $1100 per acre to $25,000 depending on location, view, topography and utilities. There is no homesteading in Haines.

How to Get Around

Air: Haines is served by two air taxi firms providing multiple daily flights to and from Juneau by small plane from the Haines Airport runway.

Road: The Haines Highway connects to the Alaska Canada Highway (Alcan) at Haines Junction, Yukon Territory, 150 miles northwest of Haines.

Water: Haines is the northern terminus of the Alaska Marine Highway System which provides year round passenger and vehicle service from Bellingham, Washington, Prince Rupert, B.C. and Juneau, Alaska. Additionally during the summer season, passenger-only fast ferries operate between Haines and Skagway, and Haines and Juneau.