Northway, Alaska

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Northway, Alaska
K’ehtthiign
CDP
Location of Northway, Alaska
Location of Northway, Alaska
Coordinates: 62°58′9″N 141°54′18″W / 62.96917°N 141.90500°W / 62.96917; -141.90500Coordinates: 62°58′9″N 141°54′18″W / 62.96917°N 141.90500°W / 62.96917; -141.90500
Country United States
State Alaska
Census Area Southeast Fairbanks
Government
 • State senator Click Bishop (R)
 • State rep. Dave Talerico (R)
Area
 • Total 20.9 sq mi (54.2 km2)
 • Land 19.2 sq mi (49.7 km2)
 • Water 1.8 sq mi (4.6 km2)
Elevation 1,709 ft (521 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 71
 • Density 3.4/sq mi (1.3/km2)
Time zone Alaska (AKST) (UTC-9)
 • Summer (DST) AKDT (UTC-8)
ZIP code 99764
Area code(s) 907
FIPS code 02-56220
GNIS feature ID 1407253

Northway (K’ehtthiign[1] in Upper Tanana Athabascan) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska, United States. The population was 71 at the 2010 census.

Geography[edit]

Northway is located at 62°58′9″N 141°54′18″W / 62.96917°N 141.90500°W / 62.96917; -141.90500 (62.969297, -141.905034).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 20.9 square miles (54 km2), of which, 19.2 square miles (50 km2) of it is land and 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2) of it (8.45%) is water.

The highest sea-level pressure in North America was recorded at Northway on January 31, 1989 with a reading of 31.85 inches, a record only surpassed by two readings in Siberia.[3] Due to aircraft altimeters only being able to calibrate to 31 inches, most were grounded.

Climate[edit]

Northway has a dry-winter continental subarctic climate (Köppen Dwc).

Climate data for Northway
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 43
(6)
41
(5)
53
(12)
74
(23)
85
(29)
91
(33)
88
(31)
88
(31)
79
(26)
68
(20)
42
(6)
39
(4)
91
(33)
Average high °F (°C) −9.9
(−23.3)
3.4
(−15.9)
22.5
(−5.3)
42
(6)
56.9
(13.8)
67
(19)
69.5
(20.8)
64.9
(18.3)
52.5
(11.4)
29.6
(−1.3)
5.4
(−14.8)
−6.4
(−21.3)
33.1
(0.6)
Average low °F (°C) −26.6
(−32.6)
−19.2
(−28.4)
−8.9
(−22.7)
15.2
(−9.3)
32.9
(0.5)
44.4
(6.9)
48
(9)
42.9
(6.1)
31.4
(−0.3)
13.3
(−10.4)
−10.5
(−23.6)
−22.3
(−30.2)
11.7
(−11.3)
Record low °F (°C) −72
(−58)
−71
(−57)
−56
(−49)
−34
(−37)
2
(−17)
25
(−4)
32
(0)
12
(−11)
−6
(−21)
−36
(−38)
−55
(−48)
−64
(−53)
−72
(−58)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 0.27
(6.9)
0.24
(6.1)
0.17
(4.3)
0.21
(5.3)
0.93
(23.6)
2.01
(51.1)
2.6
(66)
1.46
(37.1)
0.99
(25.1)
0.5
(13)
0.35
(8.9)
0.29
(7.4)
10.02
(254.5)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 5.4
(13.7)
4.9
(12.4)
3.4
(8.6)
2.2
(5.6)
0.8
(2)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.2
(0.5)
1
(3)
6.8
(17.3)
6.5
(16.5)
6
(15)
37.2
(94.5)
Average precipitation days 6 5 4 3 8 12 13 12 8 8 7 7 93
Source: [4]

Transportation[edit]

There is a shuttle between Tok and Northway three times a week, connecting with the Fairbanks - Glennallen - Anchorage service.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census of 2010, there were 290 people. The racial makeup of the CDP was 66% Native American, 29% White, and 4.8% from two or more races. [5]

The median age was 39.6. [6]

Education[edit]

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

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