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Ekwok, Alaska

Iquaq
Ekwok, Alaska is located in Alaska
Ekwok, Alaska
Ekwok, Alaska
Location in Alaska
Country United States
State Alaska
Census Area Dillingham
Incorporated 1974
Area
 • Total 18.01 sq mi (46.64 km2)
 • Land 16.75 sq mi (43.37 km2)
 • Water 1.26 sq mi (3.27 km2)
Elevation
98 ft (30 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 111
 • Density 6.63/sq mi (2.56/km2)
Time zone UTC-9 (Alaska (AKST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-8 (AKDT)
ZIP codes
99580
Area code 907
FIPS code 02-21810
GNIS feature ID 1401738

Ekwok (Central Yupik: Iquaq ) is a city in Dillingham Census Area, Alaska, United States. At the 2020 census, the population was 111.

History

Ekwok means "end of the bluff" in Yupik. It is the oldest continuously occupied Yupik village on the Nushagak River. During the 1800s, the settlement was used in the spring and summer as a fish camp, and in the fall as a base camp for picking berries. By 1923, it was the largest settlement along the river.

From the early 1900s until 1941, mail was delivered by dog sled from Dillingham. In 1941 a post office opened in Ekwok. Before 1960, most of the buildings in Ekwok were located in a low area near the river. After a flood in the early 1960s, the village was relocated to its current location.

Geography

Ekwok is located at 59°20′57″N 157°29′7″W / 59.34917°N 157.48528°W / 59.34917; -157.48528 (59.349260, -157.485404).

Ekwok is on the Nushagak River in southwestern Alaska, 43 miles (69 km) northeast of Dillingham.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Ekwok has a total area of 17.5 square miles (45.4 km2), of which 16.3 square miles (42.1 km2) is land and 1.2 square miles (3.2 km2), or 7.10%, is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 40
1940 68 70.0%
1950 131 92.6%
1960 106 −19.1%
1970 103 −2.8%
1980 77 −25.2%
1990 77 0.0%
2000 130 68.8%
2010 115 −11.5%
2020 111 −3.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

Ekwok first appeared on the 1930 U.S. Census as "Ekwak", an unincorporated village, and again in 1940. The name (or spelling) was changed to Ekwok with the 1950 U.S. Census. It was formally incorporated in 1974.

As of the census of 2000, there were 130 people, 42 households, and 29 families residing in the city. The population density was 8.1 people per square mile (3.1/km2). There were 56 housing units at an average density of 3.5 per square mile (1.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 6.15% White, 91.54% Native American, and 2.31% from two or more races.

There were 42 households, out of which 47.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.9% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.6% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.10 and the average family size was 3.93.

In the city, the age distribution of the population shows 43.8% under the age of 18, 3.8% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 19.2% from 45 to 64, and 6.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 113.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 114.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $16,250, and the median income for a family was $20,000. Males had a median income of $38,750 versus $35,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,079. There were 29.2% of families and 32.1% of the population living below the poverty line, including 24.4% of under eighteens and 40.0% of those over 64.

Education

The William "Sonny" Nelson School of the Southwest Region School District serves the village.

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