Healy, Alaska

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Healy, Alaska
Census-designated place
Location in Denali Borough and the state of Alaska.
Location in Denali Borough and the state of Alaska.
Coordinates: 63°58′15″N 149°7′37″W / 63.97083°N 149.12694°W / 63.97083; -149.12694
Country United States
State Alaska
Borough Denali
Government
 • Borough mayor Clay Walker[1]
 • State senator Click Bishop (R)
 • State rep. Dave Talerico (R)
Area
 • Total 687.2 sq mi (1,779.8 km2)
 • Land 687.0 sq mi (1,779.2 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)
Elevation 1,342 ft (409 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,021
 • Density 2/sq mi (0.6/km2)
Time zone Alaska (AKST) (UTC-9)
 • Summer (DST) AKDT (UTC-8)
ZIP code 99743
Area code(s) 907
FIPS code 02-32150
GNIS feature ID 1403275

Healy is a census-designated place (CDP) in and the borough seat of Denali Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska.[2] The population was 1,021 at the 2010 census.[3]

Geography[edit]

Healy is located at 63°58′15″N 149°7′37″W / 63.97083°N 149.12694°W / 63.97083; -149.12694 (63.970833, -149.126944).[4] The George Parks Highway (Alaska Route 3) runs through the community, leading south 18 miles (29 km) to Denali Park and north 56 miles (90 km) to Nenana.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the Healy CDP has a total area of 687.2 square miles (1,779.8 km2), of which 687.0 square miles (1,779.2 km2) is land and 0.19 square miles (0.5 km2), or 0.03%, is water.[3] By area, it is the second-largest CDP in the United States, exceeded by only Willow, Alaska.[5]

Climate[edit]

As is typical of the Alaska Interior, Healy experiences a subarctic climate (Köppen Dfc) with very long, bitterly cold winters and short, warm summers, and straddles the border between USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 2 and 3,[6] indicating the coldest temperature of the year is typically around −40 °F (−40 °C). Temperatures remain consistently below freezing from early November to early March. In summer, temperatures reach 70 °F (21 °C) on 34 days and 80 °F (27 °C) on 5.4, with an average of 1 night not falling below 60 °F (16 °C). The first frost typically occurs in late August, but sometimes it can happen during the first half of the month. A majority of the annual precipitation of 15.2 inches (386 mm) occurs during summer as well. Extreme temperatures have ranged from −52 °F (−47 °C) up to 93 °F (34 °C).

Climate data for Healy, Alaska
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 52
(11)
59
(15)
55
(13)
69
(21)
85
(29)
93
(34)
90
(32)
90
(32)
74
(23)
71
(22)
54
(12)
51
(11)
93
(34)
Average high °F (°C) 11.2
(−11.6)
17.4
(−8.1)
26.3
(−3.2)
41.9
(5.5)
57.4
(14.1)
68.2
(20.1)
69.0
(20.6)
63.5
(17.5)
52.6
(11.4)
32.3
(0.2)
17.3
(−8.2)
15.1
(−9.4)
39.4
(4.1)
Average low °F (°C) −7.6
(−22)
−2.5
(−19.2)
3.9
(−15.6)
21.0
(−6.1)
35.7
(2.1)
45.4
(7.4)
50.1
(10.1)
45.3
(7.4)
35.5
(1.9)
16.9
(−8.4)
0.4
(−17.6)
−3.7
(−19.8)
20.1
(−6.6)
Record low °F (°C) −52
(−47)
−51
(−46)
−40
(−40)
−25
(−32)
4
(−16)
27
(−3)
32
(0)
20
(−7)
−2
(−19)
−20
(−29)
−41
(−41)
−44
(−42)
−52
(−47)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 0.49
(12.4)
0.47
(11.9)
0.38
(9.7)
0.56
(14.2)
0.87
(22.1)
2.24
(56.9)
3.31
(84.1)
2.52
(64)
1.59
(40.4)
1.08
(27.4)
0.76
(19.3)
0.90
(22.9)
15.17
(385.3)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 6.9 5.5 5.0 4.1 6.5 10.5 13.3 12.9 9.5 10.7 9.6 8.1 102.6
Source: NOAA (normals 1981–2010),[7] The Weather Channel (extremes)[8]

Economy[edit]

Usibelli Coal Mine, Golden Valley Electric Association, the Denali Borough School District, and the National Park Service are the major employers in Healy. Proximity to Denali National Park & Preserve supports local RV parks, hotels, restaurants, bed and breakfast, and other small businesses.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 1,000 people, 436 households, and 245 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1.5 people per square mile (0.6/km²). There were 604 housing units at an average density of 0.9 per square mile (0.3/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 90.20% White, 0.30% Black or African American, 2.30% Native American, 1.90% Asian, 0.70% Pacific Islander, 0.80% from other races, and 3.80% from two or more races. 2.00% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 436 households out of which 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.4% were married couples living together, 3.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.6% were non-families. 37.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 0.9% 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 3.12.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 27.4% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 34.3% from 25 to 44, 30.6% from 45 to 64, and 2.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 132.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 142.8 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $60,000, and the median income for a family was $77,806. Males had a median income of $65,729 versus $30,227 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $28,225. About 2.5% of families and 4.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.9% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2015 Alaska Municipal Officials Directory. Juneau: Alaska Municipal League. 2015. p. 5. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Healy CDP, Alaska". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved October 8, 2015. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): All places within United States". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved October 8, 2015. 
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "Station Name: AK HEALY 2 NW". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved 2013-03-12. 
  8. ^ "weather.com". Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 63°58′15″N 149°07′37″W / 63.970935°N 149.126862°W / 63.970935; -149.126862