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Country United States
State Alaska
Census Area Bethel
Incorporated July 9, 1970
 • Total 1 sq mi (2.7 km2)
 • Land 0.9 sq mi (2.4 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 3 ft (1 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 296
Time zone Alaska (AKST) (UTC-9)
 • Summer (DST) AKDT (UTC-8)
ZIP codes 99578
Area code 907
FIPS code 02-21040

Eek (Iik in Central Alaskan Yup'ik) is a city in Bethel Census Area, Alaska, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 296.


Eek is derived from an Eskimo word meaning "two eyes". It has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names.


Eek is located at 60°13′7″N 162°1′33″W / 60.21861°N 162.02583°W / 60.21861; -162.02583 (60.218662, -162.025928).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.0-square-mile (2.6 km2), of which 0.9-square-mile (2.3 km2) is land and 0.1-square-mile (0.26 km2) (12.38%) is water.


Eek is serviced by one airport, due southwest of the village. A second (former) airport east of the village is the current site of a cellular transmission tower, but the runway remains in marginally usable condition and is occasionally used by private aircraft. A town dock provides access to the Eek River, which feeds into the Kuskokwim providing access to most surrounding villages by boat. During winter months many residents utilize travel by snow machine and trails are laid out between the villages in the area. Trails from Eek run to Quinhagak to the south, Tuntutuliak to the west and the Bethel area to the north.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1940 170
1950 141 −17.1%
1960 200 41.8%
1980 228
1990 254 11.4%
2000 280 10.2%
2010 296 5.7%
Est. 2015 312 5.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 280 people, 76 households, and 57 families residing in the city. The population density was 307.2 people per square mile (118.8/km²). There were 83 housing units at an average density of 91.1 per square mile (35.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 3.21% White, 95.71% Alaska Native, and 1.07% from two or more races. 0.36% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 76 households out of which 43.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 19.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.0% were non-families. 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.68 and the average family size was 4.54.

In the city, the age distribution of the population shows 41.1% under the age of 18, 10.4% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 14.3% from 45 to 64, and 6.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 24 years. For every 100 females there were 120.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 117.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $17,500, and the median income for a family was $27,500. The per capita income for the city was $8,957. About 32.7% of families and 28.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.5% of those under the age of 18 and 10.0% of those 65 or over.

An exciting development has occurred that provides Internet access available to the community. Community access points, in conjunction with the USDA Telecommunications Grant to provider UUI, are in place in 11 villages across the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta.

Coordinates: 60°13′07″N 162°01′33″W / 60.218662°N 162.025928°W / 60.218662; -162.025928

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