Hydaburg, Alaska

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Hydaburg is located in Alaska
Location in Alaska
Coordinates: 55°12′17″N 132°49′15″W / 55.20472°N 132.82083°W / 55.20472; -132.82083Coordinates: 55°12′17″N 132°49′15″W / 55.20472°N 132.82083°W / 55.20472; -132.82083
Country United States
State Alaska
Incorporated October 4, 1927[1]
 • Mayor Anthony Christianson[2]
 • State senator Bert Stedman (R)
 • State rep. Dan Ortiz (I)
 • Total 0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)
 • Land 0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 23 ft (7 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 376
 • Density 1,300/sq mi (540/km2)
Time zone Alaska (AKST) (UTC-9)
 • Summer (DST) AKDT (UTC-8)
ZIP code 99922
Area code(s) 907
FIPS code 02-34460
GNIS feature ID 1422709, 2419401

Hydaburg (/ˈhdəbɜːrɡ/, HIGH-duh-burg)[4] is a first-class[5] city[3] in the Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area, in the U.S. state of Alaska. The population was 382 at the 2000 census[6] and 376 as of the 2010 census.[3] The name "Hydaburg" refers to the Haida people.[7]


Hydaburg is located at 55°12′17″N 132°49′15″W / 55.20472°N 132.82083°W / 55.20472; -132.82083 (55.204699, -132.820859).[8] It is the southernmost city on Prince of Wales Island. Hydaburg is located on the north shore of Sukkwan Strait, which connects to Cordova Bay through Hetta Inlet. It has the only port facility and public road access on Cordova Bay.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2), all land.


Hydaburg was formed in 1911 by consolidation of the three Haida villages on Cordova Bay. These villages were Howkan on the west coast of Long Island, Sukkwan at the northern end of Sukkwan Island, across Sukkwan Strait from Hydaburg, and Klinkwan on Prince of Wales Island at the mouth of Hunter Bay.[9][10] The location was chosen because it had a reliable water supply.[11] The town was incorporated in 1927.[1][11] The Hydaburg Cooperative Association was established in 1938 shortly after the Indian Reorganization Act was extended to Alaska in 1936, supplanting the municipal government. It was the first IRA-recognized Village Council in Alaska. Residents petitioned to be granted an Indian Reservation as a way of securing their rights to the surrounding land. The area had previously been designated as the Hydaburg Indian Reservation from 1912-1926 but had been returned to the Tongass National Forest at community request in 1926. The Hydaburg Indian Reservation was established under the Indian Reorganization Act in 1949 but was invalidated by a US District Court decision in 1952.[11][12][13]

Hydaburg was designated as a second-class City in the late 1960s and became a first-class city in 1973.[14] The Hydaburg Cooperative Association remains as the federally recognized tribe, while the Haida Corporation is the village corporation under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.[4]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 346
1930 319 −7.8%
1940 348 9.1%
1950 353 1.4%
1960 251 −28.9%
1970 214 −14.7%
1980 298 39.3%
1990 384 28.9%
2000 382 −0.5%
2010 375 −1.8%
Est. 2015 391 [15] 4.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[16]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 382 people, 133 households, and 88 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,340.5 people per square mile (526.8/km²). There were 154 housing units at an average density of 540.4 per square mile (212.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 85.08% Native American, 9.42% White, 0.52% Black or African American, 0.52% Asian, and 4.45% from two or more races.

There were 133 households out of which 39.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.4% were married couples living together, 15.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.8% were non-families. 30.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.60.

In the city the population was spread out with 35.10% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 7.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 112.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 127.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,625, and the median income for a family was $31,250. Males had a median income of $27,500 versus $41,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,401. About 21.4% of families and 24.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.7% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Directory of Borough and City Officials 1974". Alaska Local Government. Juneau: Alaska Department of Community and Regional Affairs. XIII (2): 42. January 1974. 
  2. ^ 2015 Alaska Municipal Officials Directory. Juneau: Alaska Municipal League. 2015. p. 77. 
  3. ^ a b c "Hydaburg city, Alaska". Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 22, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Hydaburg". Division of Community and Regional Affairs, Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development. Retrieved June 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Alaska Taxable 2011: Municipal Taxation - Rates and Policies" (PDF). Division of Community and Regional Affairs, Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development. January 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ Bright, William (2004). Native American Placenames of the United States. University of Oklahoma Press. p. 176. ISBN 978-0-8061-3598-4. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  9. ^ Le Cornu, Adrian (1996) "Haida" in Frederick E. Hoxie, ed. Encyclopedia of North American Indians pp 227–228. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ISBN 978-0-395-66921-1
  10. ^ van den Brink, J.H. (1974) The Haida Indians: cultural change mainly between 1876-1970 Brill Archive. pp 226–228.
  11. ^ a b c Blackman, Margaret B. (1990) Haida, Traditional Cultures. Handbook of North American Indians. Smithsonian Institution Government Printing Office, Washington pp240-260
  12. ^ [1] Federal Register 1955 "Notice of invalidation"
  13. ^ NOAA Community Profiles for North Pacific Fisheries – Alaska/South East Alaska/Hydaburg
  14. ^ Hydaburg Community Action Plan 2002 (slow download, may hang, use new tab if possible)
  15. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 11, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Dombrowski, Kirk (2001) Against Culture: Development, Politics, and Religion in Indian Alaska. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.