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Togiak

Tuyuryaq
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Country United States
State Alaska
Census Area Dillingham
Incorporated June 23, 1969
Area
 • Total 224.65 sq mi (581.84 km2)
 • Land 42.01 sq mi (108.81 km2)
 • Water 182.64 sq mi (473.03 km2)
Elevation
3 ft (1 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 817
 • Density 19.45/sq mi (7.51/km2)
Time zone UTC-9 (Alaska (AKST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-8 (AKDT)
ZIP code
99678
Area code 907
FIPS code 02-77690
GNIS feature ID 1411039

Togiak (Central Yupik: Tuyuryaq ) is a city in Dillingham Census Area, Alaska, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 817, up from 809 in 2000.

Geography

Togiak is located at 59°3′33″N 160°22′59″W / 59.05917°N 160.38306°W / 59.05917; -160.38306 (59.059134, -160.383186), at the head of Togiak Bay, 67 miles (108 km) west of Dillingham. It lies in Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, and is the gateway to Walrus Island Game Sanctuary. Togiak is in a climatic transition zone; however, the Arctic climate also affects the region. Average summer temperatures range from 37 to 66 °F (3 to 19 °C); winter temperatures range from −45 to 30 °F (−43 to −1 °C).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 226.3 square miles (586.0 km2), of which 44.4 square miles (115.0 km2) is land and 181.8 square miles (470.9 km2), or 80.37%, is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 91
1930 71 −22.0%
1940 10 −85.9%
1950 108 980.0%
1960 220 103.7%
1970 383 74.1%
1980 470 22.7%
1990 613 30.4%
2000 809 32.0%
2010 817 1.0%
2020 817 0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

The present city of Togiak first appeared on the 1920 U.S. Census as an unincorporated village. The earlier settlements of Togiagamute (1880 pop. 276; 1890: 94) and Togiak Station (1880: 24; 1890: 14), were on the east side of the bay and not within present city limits. On the 1940 census, the area of "Togiak Bay" was reported separately, featuring 46 residents. These may or may not have been residents within or adjacent to Togiak, which would account for the drastic population drop from 1930's 71 to just 10 in 1940. "Togiak Bay" was not reported again. The village formally incorporated in 1969.

As of the census of 2000, there were 809 people, 202 households, and 164 families residing in the city. The population density was 17.9 people per square mile (6.9/km2). There were 221 housing units at an average density of 4.9 per square mile (1.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 6.92% White, 0.12% Black or African American, 86.28% Native American, 0.25% from other races, and 6.43% from two or more races. 1.11% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 202 households, out of which 56.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.4% were married couples living together, 16.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.8% were non-families. 15.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 2.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.00 and the average family size was 4.50.

In the city, the age distribution of the population shows 42.8% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 15.1% from 45 to 64, and 7.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 23 years. For every 100 females, there were 101.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 111.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $23,977, and the median income for a family was $28,500. Males had a median income of $36,250 versus $34,063 for females. The per capita income for the city was $9,676. About 32.5% of families and 29.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.9% of those under age 18 and 8.7% of those age 65 or over.

Education

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

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