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Northway, Alaska

K’ehtthiign
Location of Northway, Alaska
Location of Northway, Alaska
Country United States
State Alaska
Census Area Southeast Fairbanks
Area
 • Total 247.32 sq mi (640.55 km2)
 • Land 242.41 sq mi (627.84 km2)
 • Water 4.91 sq mi (12.71 km2)
Elevation
1,709 ft (521 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 234
 • Density 0.97/sq mi (0.37/km2)
Time zone UTC-9 (Alaska (AKST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-8 (AKDT)
ZIP code
99764
Area code(s) 907
FIPS code 02-56220
GNIS feature ID 1407253

Northway (K’ehtthiign in Upper Tanana Athabascan) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska, United States. Prior to the 2020 Census, the borders of the CDP got expanded to include Northway Junction and Northway Village. The population was 234 at the 2020 census, up from 71 in 2010.

Geography

Northway is located at 62°58′9″N 141°54′18″W / 62.96917°N 141.90500°W / 62.96917; -141.90500 (62.969297, -141.905034).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 20.9 square miles (54 km2), of which, 19.2 square miles (50 km2) of it is land and 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2) of it (8.45%) is water.

The highest sea-level pressure in North America was recorded at Northway on January 31, 1989 with a reading of 31.85 inches, a record only surpassed by two readings in Siberia. Due to aircraft altimeters only being able to calibrate to 31 inches, most were grounded.

Climate

Northway has a dry-winter continental subarctic climate (Köppen Dwc).

Climate data for Northway
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 43
(6.1)
41
(5)
53
(11.7)
74
(23.3)
85
(29.4)
91
(32.8)
88
(31.1)
88
(31.1)
79
(26.1)
68
(20)
42
(5.6)
39
(3.9)
91
(32.8)
Average high °F (°C) -9.9
(-23.28)
3.4
(-15.89)
22.5
(-5.28)
42
(5.6)
56.9
(13.83)
67
(19.4)
69.5
(20.83)
64.9
(18.28)
52.5
(11.39)
29.6
(-1.33)
5.4
(-14.78)
-6.4
(-21.33)
33.1
(0.61)
Average low °F (°C) -26.6
(-32.56)
-19.2
(-28.44)
-8.9
(-22.72)
15.2
(-9.33)
32.9
(0.5)
44.4
(6.89)
48
(8.9)
42.9
(6.06)
31.4
(-0.33)
13.3
(-10.39)
-10.5
(-23.61)
-22.3
(-30.17)
11.7
(-11.28)
Record low °F (°C) -72
(-57.8)
-71
(-57.2)
-56
(-48.9)
-34
(-36.7)
2
(-16.7)
25
(-3.9)
32
(0)
12
(-11.1)
-6
(-21.1)
-36
(-37.8)
-55
(-48.3)
-64
(-53.3)
-72
(-57.8)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.27
(6.9)
0.24
(6.1)
0.17
(4.3)
0.21
(5.3)
0.93
(23.6)
2.01
(51.1)
2.6
(66)
1.46
(37.1)
0.99
(25.1)
0.5
(13)
0.35
(8.9)
0.29
(7.4)
10.02
(254.5)
Snowfall inches (cm) 5.4
(13.7)
4.9
(12.4)
3.4
(8.6)
2.2
(5.6)
0.8
(2)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.2
(0.5)
1
(3)
6.8
(17.3)
6.5
(16.5)
6
(15)
37.2
(94.5)
Avg. precipitation days 6 5 4 3 8 12 13 12 8 8 7 7 93

Transportation

There is a shuttle between Tok and Northway three times a week, connecting with the Fairbanks - Glennallen - Anchorage service.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 196
1960 196 0.0%
1970 40 −79.6%
1980 73 82.5%
1990 123 68.5%
2000 95 −22.8%
2010 71 −25.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

Northway first appeared on the 1950 U.S. Census as the unincorporated village of "Northway-Nabesna", which included the native village of Nabesna on the west side of Nabesna River across from present-day Northway Village. It returned as Northway in 1960. In 1980, it was made a census-designated place (CDP).

As of the census of 2010, there were 290 people. The racial makeup of the CDP was 66% Native American, 29% White, and 4.8% from two or more races.

The median age was 39.6.

Education

Northway is part of the Alaska Gateway School District. Walter Northway School, a K-12 campus, serves community students.

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