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Port Clarence, Alaska
Bering Strait. Port Clarence bay is the large bight in the  southeast.
Bering Strait. Port Clarence bay is the large bight in the southeast.
Location of PortClarence, Alaska
Location of PortClarence, Alaska
Country United States
State Alaska
Census Area Nome
 • Total 36.5 sq mi (94.4 km2)
 • Land 35.5 sq mi (91.8 km2)
 • Water 1.0 sq mi (2.6 km2)
Elevation 16 ft (5 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 24
 • Density 0.7/sq mi (0.3/km2)
Time zone Alaska (AKST) (UTC-9)
 • Summer (DST) AKDT (UTC-8)
Area code(s) 907
FIPS code 02-63170
GNIS feature ID 1408213

Port Clarence is a census-designated place (CDP) in Nome Census Area, Alaska. The population was 24 at the 2010 census. It is located on the spit separating Port Clarence Bay from the Bering Strait.


Missionary Sheldon Jackson's greatest success with his Teller Reindeer Station at Port Clarence, figured in the Overland Relief Expedition in 1897 to save marooned whalers near Point Barrow.

During the 1898-1899 gold rush in Nome, smaller quantities of both gold and high-grade tin were mined in Port Clarence.

The Harriman Alaska Expedition visited Port Clarence in 1899, making a photographic record of Alaska Natives.

In 1900, the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey charted the coastline.

The U.S. Coast Guard commissioned a 1350 ft. (411.48 metre) tall Loran-C tower in 1961. It was the tallest structure in Alaska until its demolition in 2010.


Port Clarence is located at 65°15′58″N 166°51′10″W / 65.26611°N 166.85278°W / 65.26611; -166.85278 (65.265974, -166.852765).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 36.5 square miles (95 km2), of which, 35.5 square miles (92 km2) of it is land and 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2) of it (2.74%) is water.


Seward Peninsula coast between Nome and Port Clarence - P1040602
The Bering Sea shore just south-east of Port Clarence

From 1961–2010 Port Clarence was a LORAN-C station administered by the U.S. Coast Guard. The LORAN-C Program was terminated Feb. 8, 2010.

As of the census of 2000, there were 21 people, 4 households, and 3 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 0.6 people per square mile (0.2/km²). There were 0 housing units at an average density of 0.0/sq mi (0.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 90.48% White, 4.76% (i.e., one person) Black or African American, 4.76% (i.e., one person) from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.76% of the population (i.e., one person).

There were 4 households out of which none had children under the age of 18 living with them, none were married couples living together, and 0.0% were non-families. No 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 0.00 and the average family size was 0.00.

In the CDP, the age distribution of the population shows 33.3% from 18 to 24, 66.7% from 25 to 44. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 2,000.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 2,000.0 males. (In other words, the 21 residents counted by the census included one woman and 20 men).

The median income for a household in the CDP was $0, and the median income for a family was $0. Males had a median income of $29,688 versus $0 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $35,286. There were no families and none of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and none of those over 64.

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