Scammon Bay, Alaska

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Scammon Bay
City
Scammon Bay is located in Alaska
Scammon Bay
Scammon Bay
Location in Alaska
Coordinates: 61°50′33″N 165°34′54″W / 61.84250°N 165.58167°W / 61.84250; -165.58167
Country United States
State Alaska
Census Area Kusilvak
Incorporated May 22, 1967[1]
Government
 • Mayor Randall Charlie
 • State senator Donny Olson (D)
 • State rep. Neal Foster (D)
Area[2]
 • Total 0.62 sq mi (1.62 km2)
 • Land 0.62 sq mi (1.62 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation 16 ft (5 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 474
 • Estimate (2016)[4] 519
 • Density 831.73/sq mi (320.91/km2)
Time zone Alaska (AKST) (UTC-9)
 • Summer (DST) AKDT (UTC-8)
ZIP code 99662
Area code 907
FIPS code 02-67680

Scammon Bay (Marayaaq in Central Yup'ik) is a city in Kusilvak Census Area, Alaska, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 474, up from 465 in 2000. It is named after Charles Melville Scammon Chief of Marine of the Western Union Telegraph Expedition by William Healey Dall in 1870.[5] A local dish was also named after Scammon, which is a mixture of scrambled eggs and salmon, taking advantage of the abundance of the fish in the local waters. Popular folk etymology states that scammon is a portmanteau of "scrambled salmon", but that is false as the name of the dish came after the town was named.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2), all of it land.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1940 88
1950 103 17.0%
1960 115 11.7%
1970 166 44.3%
1980 250 50.6%
1990 343 37.2%
2000 465 35.6%
2010 474 1.9%
Est. 2016 519 [4] 9.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

Scammon Bay first appeared on the 1940 U.S. Census as an unincorporated village. It formally incorporated in 1967.

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 465 people, 96 households, and 84 families residing in the city. The population density was 737.8 people per square mile (285.0/km²). There were 114 housing units at an average density of 180.9 per square mile (69.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 1.94% White, 0.22% Black or African American, 96.13% Native American, 0.22% Pacific Islander, 0.22% from other races, and 1.29% from two or more races. 0.22% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 96 households out of which 66.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples living together, 19.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 12.5% were non-families. 12.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.84 and the average family size was 5.25.

In the city, the age distribution of the population shows 49.5% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 24.5% from 25 to 44, 13.3% from 45 to 64, and 3.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 18 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,625, and the median income for a family was $25,938. Males had a median income of $36,875 versus $13,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $7,719. About 30.2% of families and 37.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 49.0% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1996 Alaska Municipal Officials Directory. Juneau: Alaska Municipal League/Alaska Department of Community and Regional Affairs. January 1996. p. 135. 
  2. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jun 22, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places in Alaska". United States Census Bureau. 2008-07-10. Archived from the original on 2008-09-12. Retrieved 2008-07-14. 
  4. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  5. ^ Orth, Donald (1967). Dictionary of Alaska Place Names. Washington DC: U.S. Govt. Print. Off. 
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Coordinates: 61°50′33″N 165°34′54″W / 61.842489°N 165.581694°W / 61.842489; -165.581694