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Toksook Bay
Nunakauyaq, Tuksuk
Country United States
State Alaska
Census Area Bethel
Incorporated April 4, 1972
 • Total 74.0 sq mi (191.7 km2)
 • Land 33.1 sq mi (85.7 km2)
 • Water 40.9 sq mi (106.0 km2)
Elevation 0 ft (0 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 590
 • Density 7.97/sq mi (3.078/km2)
Time zone Alaska (AKST) (UTC-9)
 • Summer (DST) AKDT (UTC-8)
ZIP code 99637
Area code 907
FIPS code 02-78240
GNIS feature ID 1411060, 2418864

Toksook Bay (TOOK- sook or TUCK-sook) (Nunakauyaq, Tuksuk in Central Alaskan Yup'ik) is a city and village on Nelson Island in Alaska. As of 2013 there are 617 people living there, making it the largest village on the island.

Toksook Bay was established in 1964 by residents of nearby Nightmute. Almost the entire population are members of the Alaska Native Nunakauyarmiut ('People of Nunakauyaq'), who rely on fishing and other subsistence activities. Toksook Bay is 51 years old today in 2016.


Wind turbine in Toksook Bay, Alaska
Wind turbine in Toksook Bay
Annotated aerial photograph of Toksook Bay Airport (OOK) in Toksook Bay
Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 257
1980 333 29.6%
1990 420 26.1%
2000 532 26.7%
2010 590 10.9%
Est. 2015 622 5.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 532 people, 106 households, and 94 families residing in the city. The population density was 16.1 people per square mile (6.2/km²). There were 110 housing units at an average density of 3.3 per square mile (1.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 2.44% White, 94.36% Native American, and 3.20% from two or more races.

There were 106 households out of which 68.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.1% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 11.3% were non-families. 10.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 0.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 5.02 and the average family size was 5.45.

In the city, the age distribution of the population shows 44.0% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 14.1% from 45 to 64, and 4.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 22 years. For every 100 females there were 118.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 124.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,208, and the median income for a family was $32,188. Males had a median income of $22,813 versus $36,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $8,761. About 26.9% of families and 27.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 37.4% of those under age 18 and 28.6% of those age 65 or over.

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