Shishmaref, Alaska

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Population in 2019: 613 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: +9.1%
 
Males: 330  (53.8%)
Females: 283  (46.2%)
Median resident age:

27.9 years
Alaska median age:

35.0 years

Zip codes: 99772.

Estimated median household income in 2019: $37,056 (it was $30,714 in 2000)
Shishmaref:

$37,056
AK:

$75,463

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $14,427 (it was $10,487 in 2000)

Shishmaref city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $81,427 (it was $128,800 in 2000)
Shishmaref:

$81,427
AK:

$281,200

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $117,603; detached houses: $115,413

Median gross rent in 2019: $813.

March 2019 cost of living index in Shishmaref: 104.4 (near average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 40.0%
(3.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 41.5% for American Indian residents, 90.9% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Shishmaref, AK (2019)
    • 48197.4%American Indian alone
    • 306.1%White alone
    • 102.0%Two or more races
    • 30.6%Hispanic
    • 10.2%Black alone

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



According to our research of Alaska and other state lists, there were 5 registered sex offenders living in Shishmaref, Alaska as of September 19, 2021.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Shishmaref is 108 to 1.


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Ancestries: European (1.7%).

Current Local Time: AKST time zone

Land area: 2.78 square miles.

Population density: 220 people per square mile   (very low).

Shishmaref, Alaska map

3 residents are foreign born

This city:

0.5%
Alaska:

5.9%
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Shishmaref city:

0.9% ($1,156)
Alaska:

1.4% ($1,888)

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

Distribution of median household income in Shishmaref, AK in 2019
Distribution of house value in Shishmaref, AK in 2019
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

9.5%
Alaska:

8.1%
Population change in the 1990s: +105 (+23.0%).
Most common industries in Shishmaref, AK (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Educational services (22.5%)
  • Public administration (18.5%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (11.0%)
  • Health care (8.1%)
  • Real estate & rental & leasing (7.5%)
  • Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, similar organizations (6.9%)
  • Construction (4.0%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Educational services (17.9%)
  • Public administration (15.8%)
  • Real estate & rental & leasing (13.7%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (10.5%)
  • Construction (7.4%)
  • Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, similar organizations (7.4%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (5.3%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Educational services (28.2%)
  • Public administration (21.8%)
  • Health care (14.1%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (11.5%)
  • Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, similar organizations (6.4%)
  • U. S. Postal service (5.1%)
  • Gasoline stations (3.8%)
Most common occupations in Shishmaref, AK (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Supervisors and other personal care and service workers, except child care workers (11.6%)
  • Construction laborers (7.5%)
  • Other teachers, instructors, education, training, and library occupations (6.4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (5.8%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.8%)
  • Carpenters (5.8%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (5.2%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Supervisors and other personal care and service workers, except child care workers (14.7%)
  • Construction laborers (13.7%)
  • Carpenters (10.5%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (7.4%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.3%)
  • Other material moving workers, except laborers (5.3%)
  • Plant and system operators (5.3%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (10.3%)
  • Other teachers, instructors, education, training, and library occupations (9.0%)
  • Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists (9.0%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (9.0%)
  • Other healthcare support occupations (7.7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7.7%)
  • Supervisors and other personal care and service workers, except child care workers (7.7%)

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 slightly above Alaska state average. It is 761% 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) earthquake occurred 567.6 miles away from Shishmaref center
On 6/7/2014 at 04:43:32, a magnitude 5.8 (5.8 MW, Depth: 11.6 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 142.5 miles away from Shishmaref center
On 4/18/2014 at 18:56:46, a magnitude 5.7 (5.7 MW, Depth: 16.7 mi) earthquake occurred 135.5 miles away from the city center
On 4/18/2014 at 18:44:18, a magnitude 5.7 (5.7 MW, Depth: 12.7 mi) earthquake occurred 138.0 miles away from Shishmaref center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), energy magnitude (ME), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Nome Census Area (1) is a lot smaller than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Freeze: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Shishmaref topographic map

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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Points of interest:

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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
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

For population 15 years and over in Shishmaref:

Marital status in Shishmaref, AK
  • Never married: 56.7%
  • Now married: 31.1%
  • Separated: 1.5%
  • Widowed: 6.7%
  • Divorced: 4.0%

For population 25 years and over in Shishmaref:

  • High school or higher: 79.5%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 11.7%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.9%
  • Unemployed: 16.4%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 5.0 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

10.0
Alaska average:

10.2

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2019
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - Shishmaref

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

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant2,1989
Evangelical Protestant1,12718
Catholic8805
Other1581
Orthodox1002
None5,029-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 12
This county:

12.92 / 10,000 pop.
Alaska:

3.30 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
This county:

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
Nome Census Area:

8.62 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.82 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Nome Census Area:

6.5%
Alaska:

6.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Nome Census Area:

31.4%
State:

27.8%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Shishmaref:

45.0%
Alaska:

49.7%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Shishmaref:

43.8%
Alaska:

48.0%

Average BMI:
Here:

29.4
Alaska:

28.7

People feeling badly about themselves:
Here:

21.8%
Alaska:

21.7%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Shishmaref:

10.5%
State:

9.7%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

6.6
Alaska:

6.8

Overweight people:
Shishmaref:

33.2%
State:

34.1%

General health condition:
Shishmaref:

55.0%
Alaska:

57.5%

Average condition of hearing:
Here:

80.9%
Alaska:

81.0%

More about Health and Nutrition of Shishmaref, AK Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2017)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 2$4,429$26,5740$0
Solid Waste Management 2$5,551$33,3062$509
Streets and Highways 2$5,806$34,8360$0
Other and Unallocable 1$1,505$18,0602$923
Water Supply 1$3,320$39,8401$1,011
Police - Other 0$0 1$408
Other Government Administration 0$0 9$1,558
Totals for Government 8$20,611$30,91715$4,409

Shishmaref government finances - Expenditure in 2017 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - General - Other: $467,000 ($761.83)
    Financial Administration: $280,000 ($456.77)
    Regular Highways: $99,000 ($161.50)
    Sewerage: $58,000 ($94.62)
    Central Staff Services: $51,000 ($83.20)
    Police Protection: $25,000 ($40.78)
    Water Utilities: $22,000 ($35.89)
    Local Fire Protection: $13,000 ($21.21)
    Electric Utilities: $4,000 ($6.53)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $241,000 ($393.15)

Shishmaref government finances - Revenue in 2017 (per resident):

  • Charges - Other: $480,000 ($783.03)
    Sewerage: $72,000 ($117.46)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $13,000 ($21.21)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,000 ($1.63)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $44,000 ($71.78)
  • Miscellaneous - Rents: $38,000 ($61.99)
    General Revenue - Other: $18,000 ($29.36)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $33,000 ($53.83)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $122,000 ($199.02)
  • Tax - General Sales and Gross Receipts: $64,000 ($104.40)

Shishmaref government finances - Cash and Securities in 2017 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $28,000 ($45.68)

5.81% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($56,799 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.81%
Alaska average:

8.52%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Anchorage Municipality, AK  2.58% ($39,200 average AGI)

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:

2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Shishmaref)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

21 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)

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: 12/08/2016, Expiration Date: 10/10/2026, 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:

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
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Shishmaref, AK
  • 90.0%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 10.0%Wood
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Shishmaref, AK
  • 95.7%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 4.3%Electricity


Shishmaref compared to Alaska state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below 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 below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.

Shishmaref on our top lists:

  • #4 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the least cars per house, population 500+"
  • #14 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the least people driving a car to work alone (population 500+)"
  • #29 on the list of "Top 100 cities with shortest commuting times"
  • #11 (99772) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of Norwegian first ancestries"
  • #57 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest surface withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
  • #67 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000"
There is 1 pilot and 1 other airmen in this city.
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