Port Lions, Alaska

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Port Lions
Masiqsirraq
City
A radio scientist from Stanford University at the Port Lions post office.
A radio scientist from Stanford University at the Port Lions post office.
Port Lions is located in Alaska
Port Lions
Port Lions
Location in Alaska
Coordinates: 57°52′5″N 152°52′48″W / 57.86806°N 152.88000°W / 57.86806; -152.88000Coordinates: 57°52′5″N 152°52′48″W / 57.86806°N 152.88000°W / 57.86806; -152.88000
Country United States
State Alaska
Borough Kodiak Island
Incorporated January 24, 1966[1]
Government
 • Mayor Steve Andersen[2]
Area
 • Total 10.1 sq mi (26.1 km2)
 • Land 6.3 sq mi (16.4 km2)
 • Water 3.7 sq mi (9.6 km2)
Elevation 98 ft (30 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 194
 • Density 30.8/sq mi (11.8/km2)
Time zone Alaska (AKST) (UTC-9)
 • Summer (DST) AKDT (UTC-8)
ZIP code 99550
Area code 907
FIPS code 02-63610

Port Lions (Masiqsirraq[3] in Alutiiq) is a city located on Kodiak Island in the Kodiak Island Borough of the U.S. state of Alaska. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 194.

Port Lions was built to house the inhabitants of Ag'waneq from the neighboring island of Afognak and Port Wakefield from Raspberry Island, after their villages were destroyed by the Good Friday Earthquake in 1964. Port Lions was built with help from the United States government and the Lions Club. It was named in honor of the club.

Geography[edit]

Port Lions is located at 57°52′5″N 152°52′48″W / 57.86806°N 152.88000°W / 57.86806; -152.88000 (57.868070, -152.880047)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.1 square miles (26 km2), of which, 6.3 square miles (16 km2) of it is land and 3.7 square miles (9.6 km2) of it (36.98%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 256 people, 89 households, and 76 families residing in the city. The population density was 40.3 people per square mile (15.6/km²). There were 106 housing units at an average density of 16.7 per square mile (6.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 34.77% White, 63.28% Native American, and 1.95% from two or more races. 1.95% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 89 households out of which 44.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.2% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.6% were non-families. 13.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.88 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the city the age distribution of the population shows 33.2% under the age of 18, 3.9% from 18 to 24, 29.7% from 25 to 44, 26.2% from 45 to 64, and 7.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 113.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $39,107, and the median income for a family was $42,656. Males had a median income of $41,250 versus $30,625 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,492. About 12.7% of families and 12.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.0% of those under the age of eighteen and 10.7% of those sixty five or over.

Communications[edit]

Stanford University operates a remote scientific radio receiver in Port Lions to study very low frequency radio signals.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1996 Alaska Municipal Officials Directory. Juneau: Alaska Municipal League/Alaska Department of Community and Regional Affairs. January 1996. p. 124. 
  2. ^ "Community: Port Lions". Community Database Online. Juneau: Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, Division of Community and Regional Affairs. February 11, 2014. Retrieved February 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ ANLC : Alaska Native Place Names
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.