Russian Mission, Alaska

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Russian Mission
Iqugmiut
City
Russian Mission is located in Alaska
Russian Mission
Russian Mission
Location in Alaska
Coordinates: 61°47′8″N 161°20′3″W / 61.78556°N 161.33417°W / 61.78556; -161.33417Coordinates: 61°47′8″N 161°20′3″W / 61.78556°N 161.33417°W / 61.78556; -161.33417
Country United States
State Alaska
Census Area Kusilvak
Incorporated October 28, 1970[1]
Government
 • Mayor Sheila A. Minock
 • State senator Lyman Hoffman (D)
 • State rep. Bob Herron (D)
Area
 • Total 6.2 sq mi (16.0 km2)
 • Land 5.7 sq mi (14.7 km2)
 • Water 0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2)
Elevation 52 ft (16 m)
Population (2007)[2]
 • Total 320
 • Density 52.3/sq mi (20.2/km2)
Time zone Alaska (AKST) (UTC-9)
 • Summer (DST) AKDT (UTC-8)
ZIP code 99657
Area code 907
FIPS code 02-65700

Russian Mission (Iqugmiut in Central Yup'ik) is a city in Kusilvak Census Area, Alaska, United States. It was the location of the first fur trading post of the Russian-American Company in 1842. It was officially named Russian Mission after the sale of Russian American possessions to the United States.[3] The sale of alcohol is prohibited. At the 2000 census the population was 296.

Geography[edit]

Russian Mission is located at 61°47′8″N 161°20′3″W / 61.78556°N 161.33417°W / 61.78556; -161.33417 (61.785522, -161.334074).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.2 square miles (16 km2), of which, 5.7 square miles (15 km2) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2) of it (8.27%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 90
1930 54 −40.0%
1940 34 −37.0%
1950 55 61.8%
1960 102 85.5%
1970 146 43.1%
1980 169 15.8%
1990 246 45.6%
2000 296 20.3%
2010 312 5.4%
Est. 2015 339 [5] 8.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 296 people, 70 households, and 60 families residing in the city. The population density was 52.3 people per square mile (20.2/km²). There were 81 housing units at an average density of 14.3 per square mile (5.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 6.08% White, and 93.92% Native American.

There were 70 households out of which 67.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.4% were married couples living together, 24.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 12.9% were non-families . 10.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.23 and the average family size was 4.51.

In the city the age distribution of the population shows 48.0% under the age of 18, 12.5% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 11.5% from 45 to 64, and 4.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 19 years. For every 100 females there were 109.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,500, and the median income for a family was $22,500. Males had a median income of $17,083 versus $13,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $8,358. About 15.6% of families and 21.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.7% of those under the age of eighteen and 15.4% of those sixty five or over.

Most residents are Russian Orthodox, with a Roman Catholic minority.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Russian Mission, Alaska (1966-1987 averages)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 13.6
(−10.2)
13.9
(−10.1)
24.9
(−3.9)
32.8
(0.4)
50.6
(10.3)
60.2
(15.7)
63.8
(17.7)
61.1
(16.2)
51.9
(11.1)
35.3
(1.8)
23.6
(−4.7)
15.1
(−9.4)
37.23
(2.91)
Average low °F (°C) −5.0
(−20.6)
−4.8
(−20.4)
2.2
(−16.6)
11.1
(−11.6)
31.5
(−0.3)
40.7
(4.8)
45.2
(7.3)
43.7
(6.5)
34.0
(1.1)
20.6
(−6.3)
8.5
(−13.1)
−2.1
(−18.9)
18.8
(−7.34)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 1.41
(35.8)
0.65
(16.5)
1.12
(28.4)
1.16
(29.5)
0.88
(22.4)
1.58
(40.1)
2.49
(63.2)
2.98
(75.7)
2.33
(59.2)
2.11
(53.6)
1.86
(47.2)
1.95
(49.5)
20.52
(521.1)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 16.5
(41.9)
5.7
(14.5)
7.9
(20.1)
7.4
(18.8)
0.2
(0.5)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
3.1
(7.9)
13.3
(33.8)
16.4
(41.7)
70.5
(179.2)
Source: "http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/cliMAIN.pl?ak8054" [8]

Transportation[edit]

Russian Mission is served by Russian Mission Airport.

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