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Chandalar, Alaska
Country United States
State Alaska
Census Area Yukon-Koyukuk
Elevation
1,873 ft (571 m)
Time zone UTC-9 (Alaska (AKST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-8 (AKDT)
Area code(s) 907

Chandalar is an unincorporated community in Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska.

Chandalar is located on the eastern shore of Chandalar Lake by Chandalar Lake Airport, about 200 miles north of Fairbanks, and is at an elevation of 1,873 feet. It succeeded an earlier community (or communities) by that name (see History). The present Chandalar has never formally reported a population on the U.S. Census.

The community is served by the Chandalar Lake Airport and is not accessible by road. It was featured in the National Geographic show Life Below Zero.

Climate

Chandalar has a continental subarctic climate (Köppen Dfc).

Climate data for Chandalar
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) -4.1
(-20.06)
0.1
(-17.72)
12.8
(-10.67)
30.3
(-0.94)
50.2
(10.11)
65.0
(18.33)
68.2
(20.11)
61.0
(16.11)
47.0
(8.33)
24.5
(-4.17)
5.0
(-15)
-0.3
(-17.94)
30.0
(-1.11)
Average low °F (°C) -25.0
(-31.67)
-23.7
(-30.94)
-16.6
(-27)
0.0
(-17.78)
24.6
(-4.11)
39.1
(3.94)
41.9
(5.5)
35.1
(1.72)
25.4
(-3.67)
6.8
(-14)
-15.0
(-26.11)
-21.3
(-29.61)
6.0
(-14.44)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.43
(10.9)
0.38
(9.7)
0.34
(8.6)
0.21
(5.3)
0.56
(14.2)
1.28
(32.5)
1.52
(38.6)
1.67
(42.4)
1.22
(31)
0.75
(19.1)
0.4
(10)
0.49
(12.4)
9.24
(234.7)
Snowfall inches (cm) 6.7
(17)
6.1
(15.5)
4.3
(10.9)
3.8
(9.7)
0.8
(2)
0
(0)
0.1
(0.3)
0
(0)
1.6
(4.1)
8.4
(21.3)
6.4
(16.3)
7.1
(18)
45.2
(114.8)

Demographics

(Old) Chandalar

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 32
1930 62 93.8%
1940 0 −100.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

Chandalar first appeared on the 1920 U.S. Census and again in 1930 as an unincorporated village. It reported "no population" in 1940 and did not appear on the census again under that name. As stated under "history", it is unclear if this Chandalar is the former mining camp at Little Squaw Creek or if it was the present day Venetie.

New Chandalar

The new settlement that sprang up around the Chandalar Lake Airstrip has never formally reported a population to date, as of the 2010 Census. However it has a population of about 5.

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