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Chignik
City
Residents waiting for the Tustumena ferry.
Residents waiting for the Tustumena ferry.
Country United States
State Alaska
Borough Lake and Peninsula
Incorporated May 16, 1983
Area
 • Total 15.9 sq mi (41.1 km2)
 • Land 11.7 sq mi (30.3 km2)
 • Water 4.2 sq mi (10.8 km2)
Elevation 0 ft (0 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 91
Time zone Alaska (AKST) (UTC-9)
 • Summer (DST) AKDT (UTC-8)
ZIP codes 99548, 99564
Area code 907
FIPS code 02-13550

Chignik (Alutiiq: Cirniq) is a city in Lake and Peninsula Borough, Alaska, United States. It is two hundred and fifty miles southwest of Kodiak. At the 2010 census the population was 91.

History

On April 17, 1911, a gale blew ashore numerous ships such as the Benjamin F. Packard, the Star of Alaska, and the Jabez Howes, a three-masted, full-rigged ship owned by the Columbia River Packers Association and used as a cannery tender.

A young special education teacher named Candice Berner was killed by timber wolves in this area on March 8, 2010.

Geography

Chignik is located at 56°17′54″N 158°24′16″W / 56.29833°N 158.40444°W / 56.29833; -158.40444 (56.298297, −158.404402).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16 square miles (41 km2), 12 sq mi (31 km2) of it is land and 4 sq mi (10 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1940 224
1950 253 12.9%
1960 99 −60.9%
1990 188
2000 79 −58.0%
2010 91 15.2%
Est. 2015 87 −4.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 79 people, 29 households, and 20 families residing in the city. The population density was 7 per square mile (3/km²). There were 80 housing units at an average density of 7 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 32% white, 61% Native American, 3% Asian, 3% Pacific Islander, 1% from other races, and 1% from two or more races. 1% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 29 households; 11 had children under the age of 18 living with them, 19 were married couples living together, 2 had a female householder with no husband present, and 8 were non-families. Seven households were individuals and 10 consisted of a sole occupant 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.7 and the average family size was 3.3.

In the city, the age distribution of the population shows 25% under the age of 18, 14% from 18 to 24, 33% from 25 to 44, 23% from 45 to 64, and 5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 114 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 111 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,000, and the median income for a family was $51,000. The male and female median incomes were equal, at $31,250. The per capita income for Chignik was $16,000. 5% of the population lived below the poverty line; none were under 18 or over 64 years old.

Climate

Climate data for Chignik, Alaska
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 31.1
(-0.5)
32.5
(0.28)
34.7
(1.5)
39.5
(4.17)
46.4
(8)
54.9
(12.72)
61.0
(16.11)
60.8
(16)
54.9
(12.72)
45.4
(7.44)
38.4
(3.56)
34.0
(1.11)
44.5
(6.94)
Average low °F (°C) 19.8
(-6.78)
21.1
(-6.06)
23.3
(-4.83)
28.1
(-2.17)
34.9
(1.61)
41.2
(5.11)
46.1
(7.83)
46.6
(8.11)
41.3
(5.17)
34.0
(1.11)
27.7
(-2.39)
23.6
(-4.67)
32.3
(0.17)
Rainfall inches (mm) 5.88
(149.4)
7.61
(193.3)
6.90
(175.3)
4.87
(123.7)
6.74
(171.2)
6.02
(152.9)
4.31
(109.5)
5.08
(129)
9.74
(247.4)
8.83
(224.3)
10.06
(255.5)
7.22
(183.4)
83.27
(2,115.1)
Snowfall inches (cm) 7.5
(19.1)
14.6
(37.1)
6.5
(16.5)
6.7
(17)
0.9
(2.3)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.5
(1.3)
5.2
(13.2)
4.5
(11.4)
46.3
(117.6)

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