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Atqasuk, Alaska
Atqasuk, Alaska
Location in Alaska
Country United States
State Alaska
Borough North Slope
Incorporated October 10, 1982
 • Total 42.74 sq mi (110.68 km2)
 • Land 39.12 sq mi (101.32 km2)
 • Water 3.62 sq mi (9.37 km2)
56 ft (17 m)
 • Total 276
 • Density 7.06/sq mi (2.72/km2)
Time zone UTC-9 (Alaska (AKST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-8 (AKDT)
ZIP code
Area code 907
FIPS code 02-04500
GNIS feature ID 1406178, 2419360

Atqasuk is a city in North Slope Borough, Alaska, United States. The population was 228 at the 2000 census and 233 as of the 2010 census.


Atqasuk is located at 70°28′40″N 157°25′05″W / 70.47778°N 157.41806°W / 70.47778; -157.41806 (70.477663, -157.418056).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 42.3 square miles (110 km2), of which 38.9 square miles (101 km2) is land and 3.5 square miles (9.1 km2) (8.22%) is water.

Atqasuk has one airport, Atqasuk Edward Burnell Sr. Memorial Airport, that is uncontrolled and has a single 4,370-by-90-foot (1,332 by 27 m) runway at an elevation of 96 feet (29 m).


Historical population
Census Pop.
1940 78
1950 49 −37.2%
1960 30 −38.8%
1980 107
1990 216 101.9%
2000 228 5.6%
2010 233 2.2%
2020 276 18.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

Atqasuk first appeared on the 1940 U.S. Census as the unincorporated village of "Meade River." It reported on the 1950 census as "Tikikluk." In 1960, it returned again as Meade River. It did not appear on the 1970 census. It next reported on the 1980 U.S. Census as "Atkasook", and was made a census designated place (CDP). It formally incorporated in 1982 as Atqasuk.

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 233 people living in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 92.3% Native American, 6.9% White and 0.9% from two or more races.

As of the census of 2000, there were 228 people, 55 households, and 44 families living in the city. The population density was 5.9 people per square mile (2.3/km2). There were 60 housing units at an average density of 1.5 per square mile (0.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.30% Native Alaskan, 4.82% White, 0.44% Asian, and 0.44% from two or more races.

There were 55 households, out of which 50.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.3% were married couples living together, 21.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.2% were non-families. 16.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and none had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.15 and the average family size was 4.49.

In the city, the age distribution of the population shows 40.4% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 15.4% from 45 to 64, and 5.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26 years. For every 100 females, there were 113.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 123.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $66,607, and the median income for a family was $53,750. Males had a median income of $41,875 versus $27,500 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,732. About 25.0% of families and 15.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.9% of those under the age of eighteen and 57.1% of those 65 or over.


The North Slope Borough School District operates the Meade River School in Atqasuk.

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