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Aleutians West Census Area
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Location within the U.S. state of Alaska
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Country  United States
State  Alaska
Established 1980
Largest city Unalaska
Area
 • Total 14,116 sq mi (36,560 km2)
 • Land 4,390 sq mi (11,400 km2)
 • Water 9,726 sq mi (25,190 km2)  68.9%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2019)
5,634
 • Density 1.27/sq mi (0.49/km2)
Time zones UTC−9 (Alaska)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−8 (ADT)
UTC−10 (Hawaii–Aleutian)
 • Summer (DST) HADT
Congressional district At-large

Aleutians West Census Area (Russian: Западные Алеутские острова) is a census area located in the U.S. state of Alaska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 5,561. It is part of the Unorganized Borough and therefore has no borough seat. Its largest city is Unalaska, home to about 80% of the population. It contains most of the Aleutian Islands, from Attu Island in the west to Unalaska Island in the east, as well as the Pribilof Islands, which lie north of the Aleutians in the Bering Sea.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the census area has a total area of 14,116 square miles (36,560 km2), of which 4,390 square miles (11,400 km2) is land and 9,726 square miles (25,190 km2) (68.9%) is water. It borders the Aleutians East Borough to the east.

National protected areas

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 6,011
1970 8,057 34.0%
1980 7,768 −3.6%
1990 9,478 22.0%
2000 5,465 −42.3%
2010 5,561 1.8%
2019 (est.) 5,634 1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2018

At the 2000 census there were 5,465 people, 1,270 households, and 736 families residing in the census area. The population density was 1.24 people per square mile (0.48/km2). There were 2,234 housing units at an average density of 0.51/sq mi (0.20/km2). The racial makup of the census area was 40.04% White, 3.02% Black or African American, 20.95% Native American, 24.59% Asian, 0.62% Pacific Islander, 7.32% from other races, and 3.46% from two or more races. 10.48%. were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 13.89% reported speaking Tagalog at home, while 11.22% speak Spanish, 5.97% Aleut, and 4.51% Vietnamese.

Of the 1,270 households 35.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.00% were married couples living together, 7.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.00% were non-families. 32.00% of households were one person and 2.10% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.26.

The age distribution was 17.20% under the age of 18, 7.80% from 18 to 24, 47.60% from 25 to 44, 25.10% from 45 to 64, and 2.30% 65 or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 180.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 202.10 males.

A 2014 analysis by The Atlantic found the Aleutians West Census Area to be the most racially diverse county-equivalent in the United States.

Communities

Cities

Census-designated places

Military base

  • Eareckson Air Station
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