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Valdez–Cordova Census Area
Abandoned mining camp at Kennecott, Alaska.
Abandoned mining camp at Kennecott, Alaska.
Map of Alaska highlighting Valdez–Cordova Census Area
Location within the U.S. state of Alaska
Map of the United States highlighting Alaska
Alaska's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Alaska
Existed 1980-2019
Largest city Valdez
 • Total 40,340 sq mi (104,500 km2)
 • Land 34,240 sq mi (88,700 km2)
 • Water 6,100 sq mi (16,000 km2)  15.1%%
 • Estimate 
 • Density 0.28/sq mi (0.11/km2)
Time zone UTC−9 (Alaska)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−8 (ADT)
Congressional district At-large

Valdez–Cordova Census Area was a census area located in the state of Alaska, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,636. It was part of the Unorganized Borough and therefore has no borough seat. On January 2, 2019, it was abolished and replaced by the Chugach Census Area and the Copper River Census Area.


The falls at Liberty Falls State Recreational Area

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the census area has a total area of 40,340 square miles (104,500 km2), of which 34,240 square miles (88,700 km2) is land and 6,100 square miles (16,000 km2) (15.1%) is water.

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Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 2,844
1970 3,098 8.9%
1980 8,348 169.5%
1990 9,952 19.2%
2000 10,195 2.4%
2010 9,636 −5.5%
2019 (est.) 9,202 −4.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2018

As of the census of 2000, there were 10,195 people, 3,884 households, and 2,559 families residing in the census area. The population density was less than 1 person per square mile (less than 1/km2). There were 5,148 housing units at an average density of less than 1/sq mi (less than 1/km2). The racial makeup of the census area was 75.90% White, 0.32% Black or African American, 13.25% Native American, 3.55% Asian, 0.26% Pacific Islander, 1.13% from other races, and 5.58% from two or more races. 2.81% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 2.33% reported speaking Spanish at home, while 2.26% speak Tagalog.

There were 3,884 households, out of which 37.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.10% were married couples living together, 8.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.10% were non-families. 27.00% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the census area, the population was spread out, with 29.60% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 30.90% from 25 to 44, 26.50% from 45 to 64, and 6.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 113.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 115.90 males.



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