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Chalkyitsik

Jałgiitsik
Location of Chalkyitsik, Alaska
Location of Chalkyitsik, Alaska
Country United States
State Alaska
Census Area Yukon-Koyukuk
Area
 • Total 8.76 sq mi (22.69 km2)
 • Land 8.50 sq mi (22.02 km2)
 • Water 0.26 sq mi (0.67 km2)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 56
 • Density 6.59/sq mi (2.54/km2)
Time zone UTC-9 (Alaska (AKST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-8 (AKDT)
ZIP code
99788
Area code(s) 907
FIPS code 02-11800

Chalkyitsik (Jałgiitsik in Gwich'in), meaning "to fish with a hook, at the mouth of the creek", is a census-designated place (CDP) in Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, Alaska, United States. It is located on the left (south) bank of the Black River, 45 miles northeast of Fort Yukon. At the 2010 census the population was 69, down from 83 in 2000.

Geography

Chalkyitsik is located at 66°39′6″N 143°43′38″W / 66.65167°N 143.72722°W / 66.65167; -143.72722 (66.651529, -143.727356).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 9.1 square miles (24 km2), of which, 8.7 square miles (23 km2) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) of it (3.76%) is water.

Climate data for Chalkyitsik
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 26
(-3.3)
35
(1.7)
48
(8.9)
62
(16.7)
77
(25)
94
(34.4)
90
(32.2)
84
(28.9)
69
(20.6)
52
(11.1)
38
(3.3)
26
(-3.3)
94
(-17.8)
Average high °F (°C) -17.1
(-27.28)
-6.8
(-21.56)
18.6
(-7.44)
37.4
(3)
51.9
(11.06)
69.9
(21.06)
72.6
(22.56)
64.5
(18.06)
51
(10.6)
27.6
(-2.44)
3.4
(-15.89)
-8.7
(-22.61)
30.36
(-0.912)
Daily mean °F (°C) −26.1
(-32.28)
−17.6
(-27.56)
4.2
(-15.44)
26.1
(-3.28)
40.0
(4.44)
56.8
(13.78)
60.7
(15.94)
52.9
(11.61)
39.9
(4.39)
20.0
(-6.67)
−5.2
(-20.67)
−20.4
(-29.11)
19.28
(-7.069)
Average low °F (°C) -35.1
(-37.28)
-28.5
(-33.61)
-10.3
(-23.5)
14.8
(-9.56)
28.1
(-2.17)
43.6
(6.44)
48.7
(9.28)
41.3
(5.17)
28.7
(-1.83)
12.4
(-10.89)
-13.8
(-25.44)
-32.2
(-35.67)
8.14
(-13.255)
Record low °F (°C) -69
(-56.1)
-69
(-56.1)
-52
(-46.7)
-34
(-36.7)
-6
(-21.1)
20
(-6.7)
29
(-1.7)
21
(-6.1)
1
(-17.2)
-21
(-29.4)
-46
(-43.3)
-65
(-53.9)
-69
(-17.8)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.25
(6.4)
0.11
(2.8)
0.27
(6.9)
0.21
(5.3)
0.22
(5.6)
1.1
(28)
1
(25)
1.04
(26.4)
0.45
(11.4)
0.54
(13.7)
0.35
(8.9)
0.46
(11.7)
6
(152.4)
Snowfall inches (cm) 3.6
(9.1)
2.3
(5.8)
3.6
(9.1)
1.6
(4.1)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.1
(0.3)
6.4
(16.3)
6
(15)
6.1
(15.5)
29.7
(75.4)
Avg. precipitation days 5 3 3 2 3 6 7 7 5 5 5 6 57
Source: WRCC

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 35
1940 33 −5.7%
1960 57
1970 130 128.1%
1980 100 −23.1%
1990 90 −10.0%
2000 83 −7.8%
2010 69 −16.9%
2020 56 −18.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

Chalkyitsik first appeared as an unincorporated village on the 1930 U.S. Census under the name of Fishhook, which is the literal translation of the native name, not to be confused with the present census-designated place, Fishhook in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. It appeared again in 1940, but failed to appear in 1950. It was returned in 1960 formally as Chalkyitsik, and has appeared on every successive census. It was made a census-designated place (CDP) in 1980.

As of the census of 2000, there were 83 people, 35 households, and 17 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 9.5 people per square mile (3.7/km2). There were 62 housing units at an average density of 7.1/sq mi (2.7/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 2.41% White and 97.59% Native American.

There were 35 households, out of which 25.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 28.6% were married couples living together, 2.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 51.4% were non-families. 37.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 3.29.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 27.7% under the age of 18, 13.3% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 14.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 137.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 185.7 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $16,250, and the median income for a family was $16,875. Males had a median income of $41,250 versus $13,750 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $11,509. There were 54.5% of families and 52.6% of the population living below the poverty line, including 100.0% of under eighteen and none of those over 64.

Education

Yukon Flats School District operates the Tsuk Taih School.

Transportation

The city is served by Chalkyitsik Airport with one commercial airline. With only 69 residents, Chalkytsik has one of the lowest per-airline averages of residents in the United States.

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