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Population in 2010: 855. Population change since 2000: +22.3%
Males: 441  (51.6%)
Females: 414  (48.4%)

Median resident age:  37.6 years
Alaska median age:  35.3 years

Zip codes: 99645.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $68,978 (it was $41,250 in 2000)
Buffalo Soapstone:

$68,978
AK:

$67,712
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $33,874

Buffalo Soapstone CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $204,873 (it was $84,100 in 2000)
Buffalo Soapstone:

$204,873
AK:

$245,100
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $184,028; Detached houses: $207,599; In 2-unit structures: $130,136; Mobile homes: $95,099; Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $55,057

Median gross rent in 2012: $1,136.

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Buffalo Soapstone races chart
  • White alone - 657 (83.0%)
  • Two or more races - 69 (8.7%)
  • Hispanic - 28 (3.5%)
  • Black alone - 21 (2.7%)
  • American Indian alone - 12 (1.5%)
  • Asian alone - 5 (0.6%)

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Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Buffalo Soapstone: 111.7 (more than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: German (32.6%), English (14.6%), Irish (7.7%), Italian (7.7%), Dutch (7.3%), Scottish (2.2%).

Current Local Time: AKST time zone

Land area: 22.6 square miles.

Population density: 38 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).

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For population 25 years and over in Buffalo Soapstone:

  • High school or higher: 94.4%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 27.7%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.8%
  • Unemployed: 9.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 27.4 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Buffalo Soapstone CDP:

  • Never married: 20.8%
  • Now married: 63.6%
  • Separated: 0.7%
  • Widowed: 2.2%
  • Divorced: 12.7%

13 residents are foreign born

This place:  1.6%
Alaska:  6.4%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $2,363 (1.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $1,210 (1.1%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Anchorage, AK (40.4 miles , pop. 260,283).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (2338.1 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities: Farm Loop, AK (2.1 miles ), Fishhook, AK (2.2 miles ), Lazy Mountain, AK (2.3 miles ), Palmer, AK (2.5 miles ), Sutton-Alpine, AK (2.8 miles ), Lakes, AK (2.9 miles ), Gateway, AK (3.0 miles ), Butte, AK (3.2 miles ).

Latitude: 61.69 N, Longitude: 149.12 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 907

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Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

6.7%
Alaska:

5.9%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (21%)
  • Other services, except public administration (15%)
  • Public administration (10%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (10%)
  • Retail trade (9%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (7%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (7%)
  • Educational services (25%)
  • Health care and social assistance (14%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (10%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (10%)
  • Retail trade (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Construction (7%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Extraction workers (8%)
  • Drafters, engineering, and mapping technicians (7%)
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Lawyers (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (6%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Construction laborers (5%)
  • Cashiers (13%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (12%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (11%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (9%)
  • Other health diagnosing and treating practitioners and technical occupations (8%)
  • Financial clerks except bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (8%)
  • Bus drivers (8%)

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Earthquake activity:

Buffalo Soapstone-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Alaska state average. It is 2891% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 3/28/1964 at 03:36:12, a magnitude 9.2 (9.2 UK, Class: Great, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 68.0 miles away from the city center, causing $1,020,000,000 total damage
On 7/12/1983 at 15:10:03, a magnitude 6.4 (6.1 MB, 6.4 MS, 6.3 MS, 6.4 ML, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 72.5 miles away from Buffalo Soapstone center
On 5/1/1991 at 07:18:43, a magnitude 6.4 (6.1 MB, 6.4 MB, Depth: 71.0 mi) earthquake occurred 97.5 miles away from the city center
On 9/7/1983 at 19:22:05, a magnitude 6.2 (6.2 MB, 6.2 MS, 6.2 MS) earthquake occurred 74.3 miles away from the city center
On 1/1/1975 at 03:55:12, a magnitude 5.9 (5.9 MB, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 23.5 miles away from Buffalo Soapstone center
On 8/14/1984 at 01:02:08, a magnitude 5.7 (5.7 MB, 5.2 MS, 5.4 MS, 5.7 ML) earthquake occurred 8.0 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS)

Hospitals/medical centers near Buffalo Soapstone:

  • MAT-SU REGIONAL HOME CARE (Home Health Center, about 13 miles away; WASILLA, AK)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Buffalo Soapstone:

  • University of Alaska Anchorage (about 42 miles; Anchorage, AK; Full-time enrollment: 7,786)
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (about 223 miles; Fairbanks, AK; FT enrollment: 4,287)
  • Whatcom Community College (about 1361 miles; Bellingham, WA; FT enrollment: 2,471)
  • Western Washington University (about 1364 miles; Bellingham, WA; FT enrollment: 12,991)
  • Skagit Valley College (about 1386 miles; Mount Vernon, WA; FT enrollment: 2,820)
  • Everett Community College (about 1412 miles; Everett, WA; FT enrollment: 3,612)
  • Edmonds Community College (about 1419 miles; Lynnwood, WA; FT enrollment: 4,635)

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Matanuska-Susitna Borough has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential
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Air Quality Index (AQI)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2010 was 20.7. This is significantly better than average.
City:

20.7
U.S.:

32.0
Particulate Matter (PM10) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 10.6. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 6.3 miles away from the city center.
City:

10.6
U.S.:

22.1


Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 2.1%
(2.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Black residents, 0.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)

Average household size:
This place:  2.7 people
Alaska:  2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  71.7%
Whole state:  66.2%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  5.4%
Whole state:  8.6%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Buffalo Soapstone, AK

Buffalo Soapstone compared to Alaska state average:

  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in below state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.


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Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


Buffalo Soapstone travel time to work - commute


Buffalo Soapstone mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (53%)
  • Wood (25%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (12%)
  • Utility gas (8%)
  • Other fuel (2%)
  • Electricity (1%)

2008 Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Buffalo Soapstone CDP (based on Matanuska-Susitna Borough data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 27.74%
Here27.7%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchLDS (Mormon) ChurchSouthern Baptist Convention Non-Charismatic Churches IndependentLutheran Church
Adherents22.9%16.4%14.6%6.1%5.2%
Congregations9.2%9.2%12.3%1.5%3.1%
NameEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaAssemblies of GodSeventh-Day Adventist ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA)Other
Adherents4.3%4.2%3.5%2.9%20.0%
Congregations3.1%6.2%4.6%3.1%47.7%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 9
Matanuska-Susitna Borough:

1.09 / 10,000 pop.
Alaska:

3.30 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
This county:

0.24 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.33 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 8
Matanuska-Susitna Borough:

0.97 / 10,000 pop.
Alaska:

0.52 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 19
Matanuska-Susitna Borough:

2.30 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.30 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 39
Here:

4.72 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.82 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

6.1%
Alaska:

6.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Matanuska-Susitna Borough:

28.7%
Alaska:

27.8%

11.14% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($46,822 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

11.14%
Alaska average:

9.33%

0.15% of residents moved from foreign countries ($493 average AGI)
Matanuska-Susitna Borough:

0.15%
Alaska average:

0.28%


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Anchorage Municipality, AK  4.83% ($52,567 average AGI)
from Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK  0.35% ($45,270)
from Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK  0.27% ($54,529)


7.39% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($36,283 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.39%
Alaska average:

9.43%

0.10% of residents moved to foreign countries ($592 average AGI)
Matanuska-Susitna Borough:

0.10%
Alaska average:

0.24%


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Anchorage Municipality, AK  2.35% ($37,449 average AGI)
to Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK  0.29% ($28,901)
to Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK  0.22% ($35,962)

Strongest AM radio stations in Buffalo Soapstone:

  • KENI (650 AM; 50 kW; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KFQD (750 AM; 50 kW; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • KBYR (700 AM; 10 kW; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: COBB COMMUNICATIONS,INC.)
  • KTZN (550 AM; 5 kW; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KUDO (1080 AM; 10 kW; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: CHINOOK CONCERT BROADCASTERS, INC.)
  • KHAR (590 AM; 5 kW; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • KCHU (770 AM; 10 kW; VALDEZ, AK; Owner: TERMINAL RADIO, INC.)
  • KJNP (1170 AM; 50 kW; NORTH POLE, AK; Owner: EVAN. ALASKA MISSIONARY FELLOWSHIP)
  • KSLD (1140 AM; 10 kW; SOLDOTNA, AK; Owner: KSRM, INC)
  • KSRM (920 AM; 5 kW; SOLDOTNA, AK; Owner: KSRM, INC.)
  • KBBI (890 AM; 10 kW; HOMER, AK; Owner: KACHEMAK BAY BROADCASTING INC)
  • KCAM (790 AM; 5 kW; GLENNALLEN, AK; Owner: NORTHERN LIGHT NETWORK)
  • KIAM (630 AM; 10 kW; NENANA, AK; Owner: VOICE OF CHRIST MINISTRIES, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Buffalo Soapstone:

  • KFAT (92.9 FM; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: NEW NORTHWEST BROADCASTERS, LLC)
  • KRPM (96.3 FM; HOUSTON, AK; Owner: NEW NORTHWEST BROADCASTERS, LLC)
  • KNIK-FM (105.7 FM; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: UBIK CORPORATION)
  • KGOT (101.3 FM; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KASH-FM (107.5 FM; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KQEZ (92.1 FM; HOUSTON, AK; Owner: NEW NORTHWEST BROADCASTERS, LLC)
  • KDBZ (102.1 FM; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: NEW NORTHWEST BROADCASTERS, LLC)
  • KNBA (90.3 FM; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: KOAHNIC BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • KWHL (106.5 FM; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • KSKA (91.1 FM; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: ALASKA PUBLIC TELECOM., INC.)
  • KEAG (97.3 FM; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • K202CB (88.3 FM; PALMER, AK; Owner: CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • K208BC (89.5 FM; PALMER, AK; Owner: ALASKA PUBLIC TELECOM, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Buffalo Soapstone:

  • KAKM (Channel 7; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: ALASKA PUBLIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS INC)
  • KTUU-TV (Channel 2; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: CHANNEL 2 BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KIMO (Channel 13; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: SMITH TELEVISION LICENSE HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • K09JE (Channel 9; PALMER, AK; Owner: CHANNEL 2 BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • K66CF (Channel 66; PALMER, AK; Owner: NORTHERN TELEVISION, INC.)


Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 partial tract)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED8$227,1794$200,27519$217,5321$100,4001$158,270
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED0$00$02$260,7700$00$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED1$224,7001$169,6905$238,1361$67,4800$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN1$178,7101$311,5707$244,3871$73,0500$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$02$175,1000$00$0
Choose year:  2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0003.00

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 partial tract)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1$152,1002$170,440
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED0$00$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED0$00$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$0
Choose year:  2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 0003.00

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value


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  • #25 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Other financial specialists"
  • #13 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest increase in the number of deaths per 1000 residents 1990-1999 to 2000-2003 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #25 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people moving in compared to moving out (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #49 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Particulate Matter (PM10) 24-hour air pollution readings in 2005 (µg/m3)"
  • #71 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest number of deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2003"
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