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Goodnews Bay

Mamterat
Aerial photograph of Goodnews Bay
Aerial photograph of Goodnews Bay
Country United States
State Alaska
Census Area Bethel
Incorporated July 9, 1970
Area
 • Total 3.33 sq mi (8.63 km2)
 • Land 3.33 sq mi (8.63 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
26 ft (8 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 258
 • Density 77.38/sq mi (29.88/km2)
Time zone UTC-9 (Alaska (AKST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-8 (AKDT)
ZIP code
99589
Area code 907
FIPS code 02-29290
GNIS feature ID 1415910

Goodnews Bay (Central Yupik: Mamterat ) is a city in Bethel Census Area, Alaska, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 243, up from 230 in 2000.

Geography

Goodnews Bay is located on the north shore of Goodnews Bay at the mouth of the Goodnews River, at 59°7′17″N 161°35′9″W / 59.12139°N 161.58583°W / 59.12139; -161.58583 (59.121408, -161.585835). It is 116 miles (187 km) south of Bethel, 110 miles (180 km) northwest of Dillingham and 400 miles (640 km) west of Anchorage.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.6 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 162
1890 162 0.0%
1920 138
1940 48
1950 100 108.3%
1960 154 54.0%
1970 218 41.6%
1980 168 −22.9%
1990 241 43.5%
2000 230 −4.6%
2010 243 5.7%
2020 258 6.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

Goodnews Bay first reported on the 1880 U.S. Census as the unincorporated Inuit village of "Mumtrahamute" with 162 residents (all Inuit). It reported on the 1890 census as "Mumtrahamiut", again returning with an unchanged 162 residents. It next reported in 1920 as "Mumtrakmut." It next reported in 1940 as "Good News Bay." It returned in 1950 as "Mumtrak." From 1960-70, it also returned as Mumtrak with the alternative name of Goodnews Bay. It formally incorporated in 1970 as Goodnews Bay, and has returned as such since 1980.

As of the census of 2000, there were 230 people, 71 households, and 47 families residing in the city. The population density was 72.6 people per square mile (28.0/km2). There were 87 housing units at an average density of 27.5 per square mile (10.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 5.65% White, 92.61% Native American, and 1.74% from two or more races.

There were 71 households, out of which 45.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.0% were married couples living together, 23.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.4% were non-families. 32.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.24 and the average family size was 4.04.

In the city, the age distribution of the population shows 36.1% under the age of 18, 10.4% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 17.4% from 45 to 64, and 7.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females, there were 105.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 122.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $16,250, and the median income for a family was $21,563. Males had a median income of $31,250 versus $0 for females. The per capita income for the city was $6,851. About 37.8% of families and 39.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 53.3% of those under the age of eighteen and none of those 65 or over.

Education

Lower Kuskokwim School District operates the Rocky Mountain School, a PreK-12 school. As of 2021 it has 70 students.

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