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Atka

Atx̂ax̂
Village of Atka
Village of Atka
Country United States
State Alaska
Census Area Aleutians West
Incorporated 1988
Area
 • Total 36.40 sq mi (94.28 km2)
 • Land 8.47 sq mi (21.93 km2)
 • Water 27.93 sq mi (72.35 km2)
Elevation
59 ft (18 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 53
 • Density 6.26/sq mi (2.42/km2)
Time zone UTC-10 (Hawaii-Aleutian (HST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-9 (HDT)
ZIP code
99547
Area code(s) 907
FIPS code 02-04210
GNIS feature ID 1418170

Atka (Aleut: Atx̂ax̂, Russian: Атка) is a small city located on the east side of Atka Island, in Aleutians West Census Area, Alaska, United States. The population was 61 at the 2010 census, down from 92 in 2000.

The population of Atka is nearly entirely Aleut (Unangan). The major industry is fishing.

Geography

Atka is located at 52°11′57″N 174°12′48″W / 52.19917°N 174.21333°W / 52.19917; -174.21333 (52.199271, -174.213398).

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the hamlet has a total area of 36.2 square miles (94 km2), of which, 8.7 square miles (23 km2) of it is land and 27.4 square miles (71 km2) of it (75.81%) is water.

Atka is formed by a shield volcano, with a number of outlets. The highest point on Atka is Korovin Volcano, which last erupted in 2006.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 236
1890 132 −44.1%
1920 56
1930 103 83.9%
1940 89 −13.6%
1950 85 −4.5%
1960 119 40.0%
1970 88 −26.1%
1980 93 5.7%
1990 73 −21.5%
2000 92 26.0%
2010 61 −33.7%
2020 53 −13.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

Atka first appeared on the 1880 U.S. Census as the unincorporated Aleut village of "Nazan." It had 236 residents, of which 220 were Aleut, 14 were Creole (Mixed Russian & Native) and 2 were White. In 1890, it returned as Atka, with 132 residents, of which 116 were native, 15 were Creole and 1 White. It did not appear again under the name "Atka" on the census until 1920, and in every successive census. It was made a census-designated place (CDP) in 1980 and formally incorporated in 1988.

As of the census of 2000, there were 92 people, 32 households, and 20 families residing in the hamlet. The population density was 10.5 people per square mile (4.1/km2). There were 41 housing units at an average density of 4.7 per square mile (1.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 80.43% Native American, 6.52% White, 1.09% Asian, 1.09% Pacific Islander, and 10.87% from two or more races. 1.09% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 32 households, 40.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.5% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.4% were non-families. 28.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.33.

In the city the population was spread out, with 30.4% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 8.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.5 males.

The median income for a household in the hamlet was $30,938, and the median income for a family was $34,375. Males had a median income of $28,750 versus $33,438 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,080. There were no families and 7.5% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 26.7% of those over 64.

Atka Airport is the island's only airstrip.

Education

Atka is served by the Aleutian Region Schools. The Yakov E. Netsvetov School serves grades K-12. The school has two teachers, one for the elementary grades and one for the secondary grades. In the 2019-20 school year, it had 10 enrolled students.

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