Alcan Border, Alaska

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Alcan Border, Alaska
Alcan Border, Alaska is located in Alaska
Alcan Border, Alaska
Alcan Border, Alaska
Location within the state of Alaska
Coordinates: 62°41′35″N 141°11′56″W / 62.69306°N 141.19889°W / 62.69306; -141.19889
Country United States
State Alaska
Census Area Southeast Fairbanks
 • Total 148.6 sq mi (384.9 km2)
 • Land 147.9 sq mi (383 km2)
 • Water 0.7 sq mi (1.9 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 33
Time zone Alaska (AKST) (UTC-9)
 • Summer (DST) AKDT (UTC-8)
Area code(s) 907
FIPS code 02-01390

Alcan Border, also known as Port Alcan, is a census-designated place in the Southeast Fairbanks Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. Alcan Border is part of the Unorganized Borough. The population was 33 at the 2010 census.

Location and Climate[edit]

Alcan Border is located at 62°39′42″N 141°9′40″W / 62.66167°N 141.16111°W / 62.66167; -141.16111Coordinates: 62°39′42″N 141°9′40″W / 62.66167°N 141.16111°W / 62.66167; -141.16111 (Sec. 04, T026N, R022E, Copper River Meridian) in the Fairbanks Recording District. It is just inside the Alaska-Canada border, southeast of Northway and northeast of Beaver Creek, Yukon, along the Alaska Highway.

Alcan Border is in the continental climatic zone and the area experiences cold winters and warm summers. Average temperatures range from -27 to 69 degrees Fahrenheit (-3 to 21°C).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 148.6 square miles (385 km2), of which, 147.9 square miles (383 km2) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) of it (0.50%) is water.

History, Culture and Demographics[edit]

The Canada–United States border crossing at Alcan Border

The name is derived from the Alaska-Canadian (Alcan) highway, now the Alaska Highway, and the fact that its eastern boundary (as defined by the Census Bureau) is the Yukon Territory, Canada border.

The Alcan community consists of families employed by federal customs at the entry point into the U.S. and Alaska from Canada. Students attend school in Northway or are home-schooled through correspondence study. During the 2000 U.S. Census, total housing units numbered 13, and vacant housing units numbered 4. Vacant housing units used only seasonally numbered 2. Census data showed 11 residents as employed. The unemployment rate at that time was 0 percent, although 35.29 percent of all adults were not in the work force. The median household income was $65,000, per capita income was $21,938, and 0 percent of residents were living below the poverty level.

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 21 people, 9 households, and 6 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 0.1 people per square mile (0.1/km²). There were 13 housing units at an average density of 0.1/sq mi (0.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 66.67% White, 23.81% Native American, 4.76% Asian, 4.76% from other races. 9.52% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 9 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.7% were married couples living together, and 33.3% were non-families. 33.3% of all 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 2.33 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 28.6% under the age of 18, 33.3% from 25 to 44, and 38.1% from 45 to 64. The median age was 35 years.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $65,000, and the median income for a family was $87,041. Males had a median income of $77,036 versus $0 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $21,938. None of the population and none of the families were below the poverty line.

Facilities and infrastructure[edit]

Alcan residents derive water from a piped community well system and individual wells. Approximately 60% of the homes have complete plumbing. A piped community sewage system serves the majority of households, and outhouses or individual septic tanks are also used. A central generator distributes electrical power. Electricity is provided by Alaska Power & Telephone. There are no state operated schools in the community. The nearest healthcare facilities are in Northway or Tok. Alcan is classified as an isolated village, it is found in EMS Region 1C in the Interior Region.Emergency Services have highway and air access. Emergency service is provided by volunteers.

Alcan Border is part of the Alaska Gateway School District. Walter Northway School, a K-12 campus, serves community students.

Alaska does not have a state sales tax and Alcan Border is in the Unorganized Borough and therefore has no local tax authority.


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