Skwentna, Alaska

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Skwentna, Alaska
CDP
Location of Skwentna, Alaska
Location of Skwentna, Alaska
Coordinates: 61°52′46″N 151°15′59″W / 61.87944°N 151.26639°W / 61.87944; -151.26639Coordinates: 61°52′46″N 151°15′59″W / 61.87944°N 151.26639°W / 61.87944; -151.26639
Country United States
State Alaska
Borough Matanuska-Susitna
Government
 • Borough mayor Larry DeVilbiss[1]
Area
 • Total 449.7 sq mi (1,164.8 km2)
 • Land 442.8 sq mi (1,146.9 km2)
 • Water 6.9 sq mi (18.0 km2)
Elevation 144 ft (44 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 37
 • Density 0.082/sq mi (0.032/km2)
Time zone Alaska (AKST) (UTC-9)
 • Summer (DST) AKDT (UTC-8)
ZIP code 99667
Area code(s) 907
FIPS code 02-70870
GNIS feature ID 1866975

Skwentna is a census-designated place (CDP) on Iditarod Trail in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. It is part of the Anchorage, Alaska Metropolitan Statistical Area. At the 2010 census the population was 37.

Geography and climate[edit]

Skwentna is located at 61°52′46″N 151°15′59″W / 61.87944°N 151.26639°W / 61.87944; -151.26639 (61.879482, −151.266455)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 449.7 square miles (1,165 km2), of which, 442.8 square miles (1,147 km2) of it is land and 6.9 square miles (18 km2) of it (1.54%) is water.

As with much of South Central Alaska, Skwentna has a subarctic climate (Köppen Dfc), with long, cold, snowy winters and short, warm summers, although, as is more typical of the Alaska Interior, August averages cooler than June; the town is also located in USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 3,[3] indicating the coldest temperature of the year is typically in the −40 to −30 °F (−40 to −34 °C). In summer, temperatures reach 70 °F (21 °C) on 39 days and 80 °F (27 °C) on 4.6, with an average of 18 nights remaining above 50 °F (10 °C). August through October is the wettest period of the year, while snow typically falls from October to April (rarely May or September), accumulating 119 inches (3.02 m).

Climate data for Skwentna, Alaska
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 17.9
(−7.8)
25.2
(−3.8)
35.3
(1.8)
45.6
(7.6)
58.8
(14.9)
68.0
(20)
69.8
(21)
66.0
(18.9)
56.2
(13.4)
40.4
(4.7)
24.3
(−4.3)
19.8
(−6.8)
44.0
(6.7)
Average low °F (°C) 1.1
(−17.2)
4.4
(−15.3)
10.5
(−11.9)
23.6
(−4.7)
34.7
(1.5)
43.7
(6.5)
47.7
(8.7)
44.6
(7)
36.1
(2.3)
23.7
(−4.6)
8.4
(−13.1)
3.8
(−15.7)
23.6
(−4.7)
Precipitation inches (mm) 2.31
(58.7)
2.22
(56.4)
1.02
(25.9)
1.06
(26.9)
1.12
(28.4)
1.26
(32)
2.24
(56.9)
3.46
(87.9)
4.25
(108)
3.21
(81.5)
2.21
(56.1)
3.50
(88.9)
27.86
(707.6)
Snowfall inches (cm) 18.1
(46)
17.9
(45.5)
9.6
(24.4)
6.0
(15.2)
0.1
(0.3)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.3
(0.8)
11.2
(28.4)
22.3
(56.6)
33.8
(85.9)
119.3
(303.1)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 8.8 6.8 6.2 5.9 6.9 8.3 10.3 12.2 12.6 10.7 8.9 10.8 108.4
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 8.0 5.8 4.6 2.9 0.1 0 0 0 0.2 3.6 7.0 9.5 41.7
Source: NOAA (normals 1981–2010),[4]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 111 people, 50 households, and 29 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 0.3 people per square mile (0.1/km²). There were 360 housing units at an average density of 0.8/sq mi (0.3/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 92.79% White, 6.31% Native American, and 0.90% from two or more races.

There were 50 households out of which 22.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.0% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.0% were non-families. 36.0% 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 2.22 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 22.5% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 23.4% from 25 to 44, 44.1% from 45 to 64, and 4.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 164.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 168.8 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $16,250, and the median income for a family was $52,917. Males had a median income of $13,333 versus $18,750 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $23,994. There were no families and 5.8% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and none of those over 64.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2013 ACoM Members". Online Resource Center, Alaska Conference of Mayors. Juneau: Alaska Municipal League. 2013. Retrieved May 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Station Name: AK SKWENTNA". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved 2013-03-12. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.