Bristol Bay Borough, Alaska

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Bristol Bay Borough, Alaska
Seal of Bristol Bay Borough, Alaska
Map of Alaska highlighting Bristol Bay Borough
Location in the state of Alaska
Map of the United States highlighting Alaska
Alaska's location in the U.S.
Incorporated October 2, 1962[1]
Seat Naknek
 • Total 888 sq mi (2,300 km2)
 • Land 505 sq mi (1,308 km2)
 • Water 383 sq mi (992 km2), 43.12%
 • (2010) 997
 • Density 3/sq mi (1/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Alaska: UTC-9/-8

Bristol Bay Borough is a borough of the U.S. state of Alaska located on Bristol Bay or Iilgayaq Bay. The borough seat is Naknek. As of the 2010 census the borough population was 997. There are no incorporated settlements.

Incorporated in 1962, Bristol Bay was the first of Alaska's boroughs to be created. It is also among the smallest, consisting of little more than the rectangle of land around Naknek on the coast and King Salmon (which, uniquely, serves as the borough seat for the neighboring Lake and Peninsula Borough) inland.


The borough has a total area of 888 square miles (2,299.9 km2), of which 505 square miles (1,307.9 km2) is land and 383 square miles (992.0 km2) (43.12%) is water.

Adjacent boroughs and census areas[edit]

National protected area[edit]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 1,147
1980 1,094 −4.6%
1990 1,410 28.9%
2000 1,258 −10.8%
2010 997 −20.7%
Est. 2012 991 −0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[2]
2012 Estimate[3]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,258 people, 490 households, and 300 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 979 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 52.54% White, 0.56% Black or African American, 43.72% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.48% Pacific Islander, 0.08% from other races, and 2.38% from two or more races. 0.56% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 490 households out of which 38.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.20% were married couples living together, 6.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.60% were non-families. 31.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.33.

In the borough the population was spread out with 31.30% under the age of 18, 5.90% from 18 to 24, 34.80% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 3.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 119.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 125.60 males.


The Bristol Bay Borough has no incorporated cities. There are three census-designated places, corresponding to the borough's three population centers: King Salmon, Naknek and South Naknek. While these three CDPs do not cover the borough's entire land mass, they do contain 100 percent of the borough's population, per the 2010 Census.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 1996 Alaska Municipal Officials Directory. Juneau: Alaska Municipal League/Alaska Department of Community and Regional Affairs. January 1996. p. 3. 
  2. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 58°45′N 156°50′W / 58.750°N 156.833°W / 58.750; -156.833