Quinhagak, Alaska

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Quinhagak is located in Alaska
Location within the state of Alaska
Coordinates: 59°45′12″N 161°54′10″W / 59.75333°N 161.90278°W / 59.75333; -161.90278Coordinates: 59°45′12″N 161°54′10″W / 59.75333°N 161.90278°W / 59.75333; -161.90278
Country United States
State Alaska
Census Area Bethel
 • Mayor Willard Church[1]
 • Total 5.3 sq mi (13.6 km2)
 • Land 4.7 sq mi (12.1 km2)
 • Water 0.6 sq mi (1.5 km2)
Elevation 16 ft (5 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 669
 • Density 126.2/sq mi (49.19/km2)
Time zone Alaska (AKST) (UTC-9)
 • Summer (DST) AKDT (UTC-8)
Area code 907
FIPS code 02-64600

Quinhagak (/ˈkwɪnəhɑːk/;[2] also spelled Kwinhagak) is a city in the state of Alaska in the United States. It is in the Bethel Census Area. In 2010, there were 669 people living there.[3]

Its name is Kuinerraq in the Central Alaskan Yup'ik language. This name was used as early as 1000 A.D.

Location[change | change source]

Quinhagak is located at 59°45′12″N 161°54′10″W / 59.753374°N 161.902701°W / 59.753374; -161.902701.[4] The city is on the Kanektok River. The Arolik River is nearby. It is about 1 mile (1.6 km) from the Kuskokwim Bay of the Berin Sea.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city covers 5.2 square miles (13 km2). It is 4.7 square miles (12 km2) of land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) of water. About 10.86% of the city's area is water.

Demographics[change | change source]

In 2000, there were 555 people living in Quinhagak.[5] These people made up 137 households and 113 families. The population density was 118.5 people per square mile (45.8 people/km².) The people were 2.70% white, 96.04% Native American, and 1.26% multiple races. 0.72% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

The median income (middle) for a household was $25,156 per year. The median income for a family was $25,313 per year. Men had a median income of $23,750. Women had a median income of $36,250. The per capita income for the whole city was $8,127. 26.1% of the population was below the poverty line.

Economy[change | change source]

Most of the people in Quinhagak are subsistence hunter-gatherers. This means that they hunt, fish, and pick berries and plants to eat but not to sell. There are lots of salmon, trout, birds, caribou, moose, and berries around the city. There is a little bit of work for money available through the government. The Lower Kuskokwim School District and the Native Village of Kwinhagak have some wage jobs.

During the summer salmon season, there are some commercial fishing and canning jobs. In the summer, migrant workers come to Quinhagak to work salmon fishing and canning.

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