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Clam Gulch, Alaska

Qałnigi D’nazludt
Waves on the rocky beach at Clam Gulch
Waves on the rocky beach at Clam Gulch
Location of Clam Gulch, Alaska
Location of Clam Gulch, Alaska
Country United States
State Alaska
Borough Kenai Peninsula
Area
 • Total 13.35 sq mi (34.57 km2)
 • Land 13.34 sq mi (34.55 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
Elevation
269 ft (82 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 207
 • Density 15.52/sq mi (5.99/km2)
Time zone UTC-9 (Alaska (AKST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-8 (AKDT)
ZIP code
99568
Area code(s) 907
FIPS code 02-15320
GNIS feature ID 1412797

Clam Gulch (Dena'ina: Qałnigi D’nazludt) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska, United States. At the 2020 census, the population was 207.

Geography

Clam Gulch is located at 60°13′40″N 151°23′38″W / 60.22778°N 151.39389°W / 60.22778; -151.39389 (60.227786, -151.393907) on the shores of Cook Inlet. The only road access is via the Sterling Highway.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 13.7 square miles (35 km2), all of it land.

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Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 47
1980 50 6.4%
1990 79 58.0%
2000 173 119.0%
2010 176 1.7%
2020 207 17.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

Clam Gulch first appeared as an unincorporated village on the 1970 U.S. Census. It was made a census-designated place (CDP) in 1980.

As of the census of 2000, there were 173 people, 67 households, and 42 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 12.6 people per square mile (4.9/km2). There were 115 housing units at an average density of 8.4/sq mi (3.2/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 92.49% White, 2.89% Native American, 1.16% Asian, and 3.47% from two or more races.

There were 67 households, out of which 40.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.3% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.3% were non-families. 28.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 31.8% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.0% who were 65–84 years of age. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 106.0 males. For every 100 females age 16 and over, there were 103.4 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $37,500, and the median income for a family was $44,375. Males had a median income of $25,625 versus $27,083 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $17,983. About 7.0% of families and 8.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.2% of those under the age of eighteen and none of those 65 or over.

Activities

Clam Gulch is visited by tourists who participate in clam digging on the beach during low tides. There is a State Recreation Area with a large campground and access to the clamming beaches. In the winter there are many 'poker runs' by snow-machine enthusiasts and in the past Clam Gulch has been the half-way point for the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race.

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