Shishmaref, Alaska

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Population in 2013: 582 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: +3.6%
 
Males: 304  (52.3%)
Females: 278  (47.7%)
Median resident age:  22.5 years
Alaska median age:  35.3 years

Zip codes: 99772.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $36,317 (it was $30,714 in 2000)
Shishmaref:

$36,317
AK:

$67,712
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $10,616 (it was $10,487 in 2000)

Shishmaref city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $123,838 (it was $128,800 in 2000)
Shishmaref:

$123,838
AK:

$245,100
Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $81,627; Detached houses: $82,546; Townhouses or other attached units: $35,713

Median gross rent in 2012: $554.

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Shishmaref races chart
  • American Indian alone - 533 (94.7%)
  • White alone - 20 (3.6%)
  • Two or more races - 7 (1.2%)
  • Asian alone - 2 (0.4%)
  • Hispanic - 1 (0.2%)

Races in Shishmaref detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Shishmaref: 114.4 (more than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: Norwegian (1.5%).

Current Local Time: AKST time zone

Land area: 2.78 square miles.

Population density: 209 people per square mile   (very low).

Shishmaref, Alaska map

For population 25 years and over in Shishmaref:

  • High school or higher: 81.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 3.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Unemployed: 16.4%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 4.8 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Shishmaref city:

  • Never married: 72.0%
  • Now married: 14.9%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 7.5%
  • Divorced: 5.7%

3 residents are foreign born

This city:  0.5%
Alaska:  6.7%



According to our research of Alaska and other state lists there were 5 registered sex offenders living in Shishmaref, Alaska as of April 26, 2015.
The ratio of number of residents in Shishmaref to the number of sex offenders is 118 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $105 (0.2%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Anchorage, AK (607.1 miles , pop. 260,283).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (2938.6 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities: Brevig Mission, AK (8.1 miles ), Teller, AK (8.3 miles ), Port Clarence, AK (8.5 miles) , Wales, AK (8.5 miles) , Diomede, AK (9.3 miles) , Deering, AK (9.7 miles) , Kotzebue, AK (10.3 miles ), Nome, AK (11.1 miles ).

Latitude: 66.26 N, Longitude: 166.07 W

Area code: 907

Shishmaref household income distribution Shishmaref home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

13.4%
Alaska:

6.7%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: +105 (+23.0%).
Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Retail trade (21%)
  • Public administration (17%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Utilities (13%)
  • Health care and social assistance (10%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (5%)
  • Manufacturing (4%)
  • Educational services (30%)
  • Health care and social assistance (25%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (14%)
  • Other services, except public administration (12%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Public administration (9%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Supervisors and other personal care and service workers except personal appearance, transportation, and child care workers (15%)
  • Construction laborers (14%)
  • Carpenters (11%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (7%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Plant and system operators (5%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (10%)
  • Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists (9%)
  • Other teachers and instructors, education, training, and library occupations (9%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (9%)
  • Other healthcare support occupations (8%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (8%)
  • Supervisors and other personal care and service workers except personal appearance, transportation, and child care workers (8%)

Work and jobs in Shishmaref: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Shishmaref, Alaska

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

Shishmaref-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Alaska state average. It is 160% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/27/1904 at 21:56:06, a magnitude 8.3 (8.3 UK, Class: Great, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 464.0 miles away from the city center
On 3/28/1964 at 03:36:12, a magnitude 9.2 (9.2 UK) earthquake occurred 668.6 miles away from Shishmaref center, causing $1,020,000,000 total damage
On 11/3/2002 at 22:12:41, a magnitude 8.5 (7.0 MB, 8.5 MS, 7.9 MW, 8.1 ME, Depth: 3.0 mi) earthquake occurred 567.6 miles away from the city center
On 6/18/2000 at 15:37:13, a magnitude 5.1 (4.7 MB, 5.1 ML, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 86.0 miles away from the city center
On 9/6/2005 at 07:16:57, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.0 MS, 4.8 MW, 5.2 ML, Depth: 2.4 mi) earthquake occurred 123.9 miles away from Shishmaref center
On 2/3/2000 at 10:24:59, a magnitude 6.1 (5.4 MB, 5.2 MS, 6.1 ML, 5.7 MW, Depth: 4.5 mi, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 344.4 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), energy magnitude (ME), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Airports located in Shishmaref:

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Shishmaref:

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (about 530 miles; Fairbanks, AK; Full-time enrollment: 6,397)
  • Charter College-Anchorage (about 606 miles; Anchorage, AK; FT enrollment: 2,983)
  • University of Alaska Anchorage (about 606 miles; Anchorage, AK; FT enrollment: 12,483)
  • Whatcom Community College (about 1955 miles; Bellingham, WA; FT enrollment: 3,265)
  • Western Washington University (about 1958 miles; Bellingham, WA; FT enrollment: 13,875)
  • Peninsula College (about 1970 miles; Port Angeles, WA; FT enrollment: 2,012)
  • Skagit Valley College (about 1980 miles; Mount Vernon, WA; FT enrollment: 3,803)

Public high school in Shishmaref:

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Notable locations in Shishmaref: Shishmaref Volunteer Fire Department (A), Norton Sound Health Katherine Miksruaq Olanna Health Clinic (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Nome Census Area has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Shishmaref and their reported violations in the past:

SHISHMAREF WATER SYSTEM (Population served: 572, Surface water):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Average - Between JUL-2013 and SEP-2013, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (2 times from OCT-15-2013 to APR-03-2014), St Public Notif received (APR-17-2014)
  • MCL, Average - Between APR-2013 and JUN-2013, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif received (JUL-16-2013)
  • MCL, Average - Between JAN-2013 and MAR-2013, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (APR-24-2013), St Public Notif received (JUL-16-2013)
  • MCL, Average - Between OCT-2012 and DEC-2012, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (APR-24-2013)
  • MCL, Average - Between JUL-2012 and SEP-2012, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (APR-24-2013)
  • MCL, Average - Between APR-2012 and JUN-2012, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (APR-24-2013)
  • 48 other older health violations
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between APR-2014 and JUN-2014, Contaminant: TTHM
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between APR-2014 and JUN-2014, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5)
  • Monitoring, Turbidity (Enhanced SWTR) - In OCT-2013, Contaminant: IESWTR. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (DEC-13-2013)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between OCT-2013 and DEC-2013, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (MAR-17-2014)
  • Monitoring of Treatment (SWTR-Filter) - In OCT-2013. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (DEC-13-2013)
  • 3 routine major monitoring violations
  • One minor monitoring violation
  • 23 regular monitoring violations
  • 70 other older monitoring violations
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 31.2%
(18.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 20.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 32.0% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This city:  4.0 people
Alaska:  2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  78.7%
Whole state:  66.2%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  18.4%
Whole state:  8.6%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.7% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households

Shishmaref compared to Alaska state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage above state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012

Shishmaref travel time to work - commute Shishmaref mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (86%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (14%)

2008 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Shishmaref city (based on Nome Census Area data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 48.58%
Here: 48.6%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaCatholic Church The Evangelical Covenant ChurchAssemblies of GodOther
Adherents34.5%31.8%9.8%6.8%17.2%
Congregations15.6%18.8%21.9%15.6%28.1%
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: 12
Nome Census Area:

12.92 / 10,000 pop.
Alaska:

3.30 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Nome Census Area:

1.08 / 10,000 pop.
Alaska:

0.52 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 1
Nome Census Area:

1.08 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.30 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 8
Here:

8.62 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

6.5%
Alaska:

6.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Nome Census Area:

31.4%
Alaska:

27.8%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 2$3,649$21,8940$0
Other Government Administration 0$0 8$1,222
Police - Other 0$0 1$320
Streets and Highways 2$4,782$28,6920$0
Solid Waste Management 2$4,572$27,4322$399
Water Supply 1$2,734$32,8081$793
Other and Unallocable 1$1,240$14,8802$724
Totals for Government 8$16,977$25,46614$3,458

Shishmaref government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - General - Other: $124,000 ($213.06)
    Financial Administration: $77,000 ($132.30)
    Sewerage: $21,000 ($36.08)
    Electric Utilities: $19,000 ($32.65)
    Central Staff Services: $19,000 ($32.65)
    Regular Highways: $17,000 ($29.21)
    Police Protection: $17,000 ($29.21)
    Water Utilities: $9,000 ($15.46)
    Libraries: $8,000 ($13.75)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $162,000 ($278.35)

Shishmaref government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - All Other: $104,000 ($178.69)
    Sewerage: $31,000 ($53.26)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $31,000 ($53.26)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $5,000 ($8.59)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $13,000 ($22.34)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Support: $37,000 ($63.57)
    All Other: $8,000 ($13.75)
  • Tax - Property: $37,000 ($63.57)

Shishmaref government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $71,000 ($121.99)

7.25% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($37,844 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.25%
Alaska average:

8.87%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Anchorage Municipality, AK  2.03% ($31,746 average AGI)
from Northwest Arctic Borough, AK  0.55% ($36,438)
from Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK  0.45% ($39,462)


6.68% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($47,984 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.68%
Alaska average:

8.83%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Anchorage Municipality, AK  1.69% ($35,020 average AGI)
to Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK  0.48% ($43,786)

Strongest AM radio stations in Shishmaref:

  • KICY (850 AM; 50 kW; NOME, AK; Owner: ARCTIC BROADCASTING ASSOCIATION)
  • KNOM (780 AM; 25 kW; NOME, AK; Owner: CATHOLIC BISHOP OF NORTHERN ALASKA)
  • KOTZ (720 AM; 10 kW; KOTZEBUE, AK; Owner: KOTZEBUE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KENI (650 AM; 50 kW; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KFQD (750 AM; 50 kW; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • KJNP (1170 AM; 50 kW; NORTH POLE, AK; Owner: EVAN. ALASKA MISSIONARY FELLOWSHIP)
  • KYUK (640 AM; 10 kW; BETHEL, AK; Owner: BETHEL BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KBRW (680 AM; 10 kW; BARROW, AK; Owner: SILAKKUAGVIK COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KSKO (870 AM; 10 kW; MCGRATH, AK; Owner: KUSKOKWIM PUBLIC BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • KIYU (910 AM; 5 kW; GALENA, AK; Owner: BIG RIVER PULBLIC BROADCASTING CORP)
  • KIAM (630 AM; 10 kW; NENANA, AK; Owner: VOICE OF CHRIST MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • KNSA (930 AM; 3 kW; UNALAKLEET, AK; Owner: UNALAKLEET BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KFAR (660 AM; 10 kW; FAIRBANKS, AK; Owner: NEW NORTHWEST BROADCASTERS, LLC)

TV broadcast stations around Shishmaref:

  • K09RZ (Channel 9; SHISHMAREF, AK; Owner: STATE OF ALASKA)
  • K04LD (Channel 4; SHISHMAREF, AK; Owner: STATE OF ALASKA)

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

1
  • Shishmaref (Lat: 66.255556 Lon: -166.071667), Type: Pole, Structure height: 9.1 m, Overall height: 13.7 m, Call Sign: WQIQ308
    Assigned Frequencies: 880.020 MHz, 891.510 MHz, 835.020 MHz, 846.510 MHz
    Grant Date: 04/11/2008, Expiration Date: 04/11/2018, Certifier: David J Groggins
    Registrant: Monte R. Lee & Company, 100 Nw 63rd Street - Suite 100, Oklahoma City, OK 73116, Phone: (405) 842-2405, Fax: (405) 848-8078, Email:

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

6
  • JIM L HARPRING, Approximately 80' Se Of Shishmaref Fire Station (Lat: 66.255000 Lon: -166.072222), Type: 9.0, Overall height: 6 m
    Registrant: 9074287011, Jim_harpring@ak-Prepared.Com
  • JIM L HARPRING, Approximately 80' S E Of Shishmaref Fire Station (Lat: 66.255000 Lon: -166.072222), Type: 9.0, Overall height: 6 m
    Registrant: 9074287011, Jim_harpring@ak-Prepared.Com
  • David Goggins, Nome Alaska (Lat: 66.255556 Lon: -166.071667), Type: 13.7, Overall height: 9.1 m
    Registrant: 4058422405, Jbryan@mrleng.Com, 100 NW 63RD STREET, SUITE 100
  • David Goggins, Nome Alaska (Lat: 66.254472 Lon: -166.074056), Type: 16.7, Overall height: 12.1 m
    Registrant: 9075632003, , 201 E 56TH
  • David Goggins, Nome Alaska (Lat: 66.254472 Lon: -166.074056), Type: 16.7, Overall height: 12.1 m
    Registrant: 4058422405, Vcartwright@mrleng.Com, 100 NW 63RD STREET, SUITE 100
  • DAVID GOGGINS, Nome Alaska (Lat: 66.255556 Lon: -166.071667), Type: 13.7, Overall height: 9.1 m
    Registrant: 4058422405, Jbryan@mrleng.Com, 100 NW 63RD STREET, SUITE 100

FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers:

1
  • Shishmaref Airport (Lat: 66.250000 Lon: -166.083333), Type: Mast, Structure height: 6.1 m, Call Sign: WPTI794
    Assigned Frequencies: 3.45040 MHz, 3.47140 MHz, 5.47340 MHz, 2.91240 MHz, 5.48540 MHz, 129.100 MHz, 129.800 MHz, 129.900 MHz, 130.100 MHz, 130.200 MHz... (+7 more)
    Grant Date: 10/24/2006, Expiration Date: 10/10/2016, Certifier: John L Bartlett
    Registrant: Wiley Rein LLP, 1776 K Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20006-2304, Phone: (202) 719-7235, Fax: (202) 719-7049, Email:

FAA Registered Aircraft:

1
  • Aircraft: BELLANCA 8GCBC (Category: Land, Seats: 3, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 101 mph), Engine: LYCOMING O&VO-360 SER (180 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 4152Y , Serial Number: 249-77, Year manufactured: 1977, Airworthiness Date: 04/26/1977
    Registrant (Individual): Reported Sale, Po Box 72029, Shishmaref, AK 99772

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 1
Most common last names in Shishmaref, AK among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Olanna574.4 years
Tocktoo462.3 years
Obruk369.7 years
Weyiouanna370.0 years
Barr272.4 years
Eningowuk269.0 years
Kiyutelluk269.5 years
Nayokpuk279.5 years
Ningealook250.5 years
Ningeulook272.0 years

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  • #6 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of workers with very short commute times (9 minutes or less)"
  • #7 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Other health diagnosing and treating practitioners and technical occupations"
  • #14 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Real estate and rental and leasing"
  • #15 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Life, physical, and social science technicians"
  • #28 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Leather and allied products"
  • #31 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Personal care and service occupations:"
  • #32 on the list of "Top 100 cities with shortest commuting times"
  • #45 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Special education teachers"
  • #80 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of unmarried partner households"
  • #99 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the highest average humidity"
  • #19 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of births per 1000 residents 2000-2003"
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