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Kasaan

Gasa'áan / Kasa'aan
Detailed map of Kasaan
Detailed map of Kasaan
Kasaan, Alaska is located in Alaska
Kasaan, Alaska
Kasaan, Alaska
Location in Alaska
Country United States
State Alaska
Incorporated 1976
Area
 • Total 6.80 sq mi (17.61 km2)
 • Land 6.06 sq mi (15.70 km2)
 • Water 0.73 sq mi (1.90 km2)
Elevation
13 ft (4 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 30
 • Density 4.95/sq mi (1.91/km2)
Time zone UTC-9 (Alaska (AKST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-8 (AKDT)
Area code 907
FIPS code 02-37650
GNIS feature ID 1404468

Kasaan (Haida: Gasa'áan; Tlingit: Kasa'aan) is a city in the Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. The population was 49 at the 2010 census, up from 39 in 2000. The name "Kasaan" comes from Tlingit Kasa'aan, meaning "pretty town".

History

Kasaan is one of the main historical communities of the Kaigani Haida. Residents moved from their former village on Skowl Arm, now called Old Kasaan, starting in 1893 and mostly in the period 1902-1904. This migration was prompted by the promise of jobs and a school occasioned by development of copper mining and a cannery near the present location. Kasaan was established as a city in 1976.

Geography

Kasaan is located at 55°32′30″N 132°24′7″W / 55.54167°N 132.40194°W / 55.54167; -132.40194 (55.541748, -132.401821).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.2 square miles (16 km2), of which, 5.3 square miles (14 km2) of it is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2) of it (14.58%) is water.

Kasaan means "pretty town" in the Tlingit language.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 129
1920 126 −2.3%
1930 112 −11.1%
1940 85 −24.1%
1950 47 −44.7%
1960 36 −23.4%
1970 30 −16.7%
1980 25 −16.7%
1990 54 116.0%
2000 39 −27.8%
2010 49 25.6%
2020 30 −38.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

Kasaan first appeared on the 1910 U.S. Census as an unincorporated native village. It formally incorporated in 1976.

As of the 2000 census, there were 39 people, 17 households, and 12 families residing in the city. The population density was 7.3 people per square mile (2.8/km2). There were 39 housing units at an average density of 7.3 per square mile (2.8/km2). The racial makeup was 20 White residents, 15 Native American, and 4 from two or more races; 1 resident was Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 17 households, out of which 3 had children under the age of 18 living with them, 11 were married couples living together, 1 had a female householder with no husband present, and 5 were non-families. 4 households were made up of individuals, and none had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.75.

In the city, the age distribution of the population shows 8 residents under the age of 18, 3 from 18 to 24, 9 from 25 to 44, 15 from 45 to 64, and 4 who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. There were 22 male residents and 17 female, with 18 and 13 over the age of 18, giving a ratio of 129.4 males per 100 females and 138.5 males per 100 females age 18 and over.

The median income for a household was $43,500, and the median income for a family was $42,500. Males had a median income of $36,250 versus $0 for females. The per capita income was $19,743. No residents were living below the poverty line.

Education

The area is served by the Barry Craig Stewart Kasaan School, which is part of the Southeast Island School District.

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