Seward is a city in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. According to 2005 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 3,016. The city was named after William H. Seward, United States Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson, who was responsible for the negotiations to acquire Alaska from Russia.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 21.5 square miles, of which, 14.4 square miles of it is land and 7.1 square miles of it (32.93%) is water.
Communities located on common borders include Bear Creek and Lowell Point. Seward is the seventh most lucrative fisheries port in the United States per value. In 2004, 49.7 million dollars worth of fish and shellfish passed through Seward according to the National Marine Fisheries Service. Tourism is another major industry in Seward. It is also an Alaska Railroad terminus which has a maintained dock for cruise vessels and it controls a shipping terminal for coal from Usibelli. The Railroad and Aurora Energy Services employ a number of local people. Seward also has a minor military installation and is the homeport of the USCGC Mustang.