Kasaan, Alaska

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Kasaan is located in Alaska
Location in Alaska
Coordinates: 55°32′30″N 132°24′07″W / 55.54167°N 132.40194°W / 55.54167; -132.40194Coordinates: 55°32′30″N 132°24′07″W / 55.54167°N 132.40194°W / 55.54167; -132.40194
Country United States
State Alaska
Incorporated 1976[1]
 • Mayor Robert Baker[2]
 • Total 6.2 sq mi (16.2 km2)
 • Land 5.3 sq mi (13.8 km2)
 • Water 0.9 sq mi (2.4 km2)
Elevation 13 ft (4 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 39
 • Density 7.3/sq mi (2.8/km2)
Time zone Alaska (AKST) (UTC-9)
 • Summer (DST) AKDT (UTC-8)
Area code 907
FIPS code 02-37650
GNIS feature ID 1404468

Kasaan /kəˈsæn/ (Haida: Gasa'áan; Tlingit: Kasa'aan) is a city in the Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. The population was 39 at the 2000 census. The name "Kasaan" comes from Tlingit kasa'aan, meaning "pretty town".[3]


Kasaan is one of the main historical communities of the Kaigani Haida. Residents moved from their former village on Skowl Arm, now called Old Kasaan, starting in 1893 and mostly in the period 1902-1904. This migration was prompted by the promise of jobs and a school occasioned by development of copper mining and a cannery near the present location. Kasaan was established as a city in 1976.[4]


Kasaan is located at 55°32′30″N 132°24′7″W / 55.54167°N 132.40194°W / 55.54167; -132.40194 (55.541748, -132.401821).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.2 square miles (16 km2), of which, 5.3 square miles (14 km2) of it is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2) of it (14.58%) is water.

Kasaan means "pretty town" in the Tlingit language.[citation needed]


As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 39 people, 17 households, and 12 families residing in the city. The population density was 7.3 people per square mile (2.8/km²). There were 39 housing units at an average density of 7.3 per square mile (2.8/km²). The racial makeup was 20 White residents, 15 Native American, and 4 from two or more races; 1 resident was Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 17 households out of which 3 had children under the age of 18 living with them, 11 were married couples living together, 1 had a female householder with no husband present, and 5 were non-families. 4 households were made up of individuals and none had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.75.

In the city the age distribution of the population shows 8 residents under the age of 18, 3 from 18 to 24, 9 from 25 to 44, 15 from 45 to 64, and 4 who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. There were 22 male residents and 17 female, with 18 and 13 over the age of 18, giving a ratio of 129.4 males per 100 females and 138.5 males per 100 females age 18 and over.

The median income for a household was $43,500, and the median income for a family was $42,500. Males had a median income of $36,250 versus $0 for females. The per capita income was $19,743. No residents were living below the poverty line.


A second-class city, Kasaan is administered by a mayor and city council, of which the mayor is a member. City elections are conducted on the first Tuesday of October, and city council meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month.[4]


Kasaan is part of the Southeast Island Schools district.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 1996 Alaska Municipal Officials Directory. Juneau: Alaska Municipal League/Alaska Department of Community and Regional Affairs. January 1996. p. 76. 
  2. ^ 2015 Alaska Municipal Officials Directory. Juneau: Alaska Municipal League. 2015. p. 82. 
  3. ^ Bright, William (2004). Native American Placenames of the United States. University of Oklahoma Press. p. 204. ISBN 978-0-8061-3598-4. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c 2008 Alaska Community Directory, Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development: Division of Community & Regional Affairs, January 2008, p. 104. Accessed 2008-11-03.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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