Wainwright, Alaska

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Wainwright
Ulġuniq
City
Wainwright is located in Alaska
Wainwright
Wainwright
Location in Alaska
Coordinates: 70°38′50″N 160°0′58″W / 70.64722°N 160.01611°W / 70.64722; -160.01611Coordinates: 70°38′50″N 160°0′58″W / 70.64722°N 160.01611°W / 70.64722; -160.01611
CountryUnited States
StateAlaska
BoroughNorth Slope
Area
 • Total42.5 sq mi (109.9 km2)
 • Land17.6 sq mi (45.5 km2)
 • Water24.9 sq mi (64.5 km2)
Elevation26 ft (8 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total556
 • Density13/sq mi (5.1/km2)
Time zoneUTC-9 (Alaska (AKST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-8 (AKDT)
Area code907
FIPS code02-82750

Wainwright is a city in Alaska. It is in North Slope Borough. The community was named after Wainwright Lagoon. The Lagoon was named after Lt. John Wainwright, who discovered the lagoon in 1826. Wainwright was founded in 1904.

The town is on the Chukchi Sea. It is about 72 miles southwest of Barrow.