Kasigluk, Alaska

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Kasigluk
Kassigluq
Census-designated place
Location of Kasigluk, Alaska
Location of Kasigluk, Alaska
Coordinates: 60°53′31″N 162°32′9″W / 60.89194°N 162.53583°W / 60.89194; -162.53583
Country United States
State Alaska
Census Area Bethel
Area
 • Total 13.1 sq mi (34.0 km2)
 • Land 12.1 sq mi (31.3 km2)
 • Water 1.0 sq mi (2.7 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 569
 • Density 47/sq mi (18.2/km2)
Time zone Alaska (AKST) (UTC-9)
 • Summer (DST) AKDT (UTC-8)
ZIP code 99609
Area code(s) 907
FIPS code 02-37975

Kasigluk /kəˈsɪɡlʊk/ (Kassigluq in Central Alaskan Yup'ik) is a census-designated place (CDP) in the Bethel Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. At the 2010 census the population was 569.[1] Kasigluk consists of two smaller villages, called Akiuk and Akula.

Geography[edit]

Kasigluk is located at 60°53′31″N 162°32′9″W / 60.89194°N 162.53583°W / 60.89194; -162.53583 (60.892005, -162.535805)[2] along the Johnson River in the Yukon–Kuskokwim Delta of western Alaska. It is approximately 20 miles (32 km) northwest of Bethel.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 13.1 square miles (34.0 km2), of which 12.1 square miles (31.3 km2) is land and 1.0 square mile (2.7 km2), or 7.94%, is water.[1]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 543 people, 101 households, and 91 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 44.5 people per square mile (17.2/km²). There were 110 housing units at an average density of 9.0/sq mi (3.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 3.31% White, 96.50% Native American, and 0.18% from two or more races. 0.37% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 101 households out of which 72.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.3% were married couples living together, 15.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 9.9% were non-families. 9.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 5.38 and the average family size was 5.81.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 46.6% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 11.8% from 45 to 64, and 5.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 21 years. For every 100 females there were 98.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.6 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $31,500, and the median income for a family was $33,750. Males had a median income of $16,667 versus $18,750 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $7,194. About 18.9% of families and 22.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.7% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

Wind power[edit]

Rural Alaska villages have traditionally relied upon diesel generators for their electrical needs. Kasigluk is one of several rural Alaska villages implementing wind power; they have three turbines, each with a capacity of 100 kilowatts.[4][5] With fuel costs rising as high as $6 per gallon in mid-2005, wind power is being pursued not only for ecological reasons, but also to reduce the cost of living in impoverished communities such as Kasigluk.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Kasigluk CDP, Alaska". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Our Featured Projects". Native Energy. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Alaskan Electric Cooperative Expands Wind Turbine Fleet". T&D World Magazine. Nov 5, 2005. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 

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Coordinates: 60°53′31″N 162°32′09″W / 60.892005°N 162.535805°W / 60.892005; -162.535805