According to the 2010 US Census, the population of the city of Valdez was 3,976. The city is one of the most important ports in Alaska.
Valdez is a fishing port, both for commercial and sport fishing. Freight moves through Valdez bound for the interior of Alaska. Sightseeing of the marine life and glaciers, together with both deep-sea fishing, and heli skiing support a tourist industry in Valdez. The oil from the Trans-Alaska pipeline is loaded onto ships at the Valdez oil terminal. It north of Valdez on the highway is north of Valdez on the highway is connected to the interior of Alaska by the Richardson Highway, and is a port of call in the Alaska Marine Highway ferry system. Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips