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Aerial view of Koliganek in 2011
Aerial view of Koliganek in 2011
Location of Koliganek, Alaska
Location of Koliganek, Alaska
Country United States
State Alaska
Census Area Dillingham
 • Total 16.74 sq mi (43.35 km2)
 • Land 16.73 sq mi (43.32 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
210 ft (60 m)
 • Total 183
 • Density 10.94/sq mi (4.22/km2)
Time zone UTC-9 (Alaska (AKST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-8 (AKDT)
Area code(s) 907
FIPS code 02-41500

Koliganek (Central Yupik: Qalirneq) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Dillingham Census Area, Alaska, United States. It is located along the Nushagak River At the 2010 census, the population was 209, up from 182 in 2000.


Koliganek is located at 59°43′44″N 157°16′38″W / 59.72889°N 157.27722°W / 59.72889; -157.27722 (59.728817, -157.277244), along the Nushagak River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 16.8 square miles (43.4 km2), of which 0.02 square miles (0.04 km2), or 0.10%, is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 142
1980 117 −17.6%
1990 181 54.7%
2000 182 0.6%
2010 209 14.8%
2020 183 −12.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

The present Koliganek first appeared on the 1970 U.S. Census shortly after its settlement in the 1960s. In 1980, it was made a census-designated place (CDP).

As of the census of 2000, there were 182 people, 53 households, and 35 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 14.6 people per square mile (5.6/km2). There were 77 housing units at an average density of 6.2/sq mi (2.4/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 10.44% White, 87.36% Native American, 2.20% from other races. 2.20% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 53 households, out of which 43.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.8% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.1% were non-families. 26.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.43 and the average family size was 4.44.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 42.3% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 11.5% from 45 to 64, and 8.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26 years. For every 100 females, there were 122.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 133.3 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $44,583, and the median income for a family was $51,042. Males had a median income of $31,250 versus $30,417 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $13,242. About 14.9% of families and 19.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.0% of those under the age of eighteen and 53.3% of those 65 or over.


The Koliganek School of the Southwest Region School District serves the village.

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