Wainwright, Alaska

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Population in 2019: 587 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: +7.5%
 
Males: 330  (56.3%)
Females: 257  (43.7%)
Median resident age:

31.0 years
Alaska median age:

35.0 years

Zip codes: 99782.

Estimated median household income in 2019: $60,545 (it was $54,722 in 2000)
Wainwright:

$60,545
AK:

$75,463

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $26,533 (it was $16,709 in 2000)

Wainwright city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $98,794 (it was $80,600 in 2000)
Wainwright:

$98,794
AK:

$281,200

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $128,060; detached houses: $125,676

Median gross rent in 2019: $760.

March 2019 cost of living index in Wainwright: 103.7 (near average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 10.4%
(11.7% for American Indian residents, 3.8% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Wainwright, AK (2019)
    • 45693.1%American Indian alone
    • 367.3%White alone
    • 244.9%Two or more races
    • 30.6%Hispanic

Races in Wainwright 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 Wainwright, Alaska as of July 23, 2021.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Wainwright is 98 to 1.


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Ancestries: French Canadian (2.1%).

Current Local Time: AKST time zone

Land area: 17.6 square miles.

Population density: 33 people per square mile   (very low).

Wainwright, Alaska map

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $1,955 (1.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $1,427 (1.5%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Anchorage, AK (712.9 miles , pop. 260,283).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (2959.5 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities:

Atqasuk, AK (7.8 miles ),
Barrow, AK (9.3 miles ),
Point Lay, AK (9.7 miles ),
Red Dog Mine, AK (13.8 miles),
Alpine, AK (14.5 miles),
Nuiqsut, AK (14.5 miles ),
Noatak, AK (15.0 miles ),
Point Hope, AK (15.1 miles )

Latitude: 70.65 N, Longitude: 160.02 W

Area code: 907

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

8.0%
Alaska:

8.1%
Population change in the 1990s: +49 (+9.9%).
Most common industries in Wainwright, AK (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Public administration (31.4%)
  • Educational services (23.5%)
  • Utilities (6.4%)
  • Accommodation & food services (6.4%)
  • Construction (5.4%)
  • Social assistance (4.9%)
  • Food & beverage stores (4.4%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Public administration (34.3%)
  • Educational services (13.3%)
  • Utilities (9.5%)
  • Construction (6.7%)
  • Food & beverage stores (4.8%)
  • Accommodation & food services (4.8%)
  • Air transportation (3.8%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Educational services (34.3%)
  • Public administration (28.3%)
  • Social assistance (8.1%)
  • Accommodation & food services (8.1%)
  • Construction (4.0%)
  • Food & beverage stores (4.0%)
  • Gasoline stations (3.0%)
Most common occupations in Wainwright, AK (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7.8%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (7.4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6.9%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (6.4%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (6.4%)
  • Other teachers, instructors, education, training, and library occupations (4.9%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4.4%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (11.4%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (10.5%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (9.5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (7.6%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (6.7%)
  • Law enforcement workers, including supervisors (5.7%)
  • Construction traders workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (5.7%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (14.1%)
  • Other teachers, instructors, education, training, and library occupations (10.1%)
  • Child care workers (8.1%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (7.1%)
  • Cashiers (7.1%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (6.1%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (6.1%)

Average climate in Wainwright, Alaska

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Earthquake activity:

Wainwright-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Alaska state average. It is 325% 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 517.6 miles away from Wainwright center
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 590.1 miles away from Wainwright 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 210.3 miles away from Wainwright center
On 11/3/2002 at 22:12:41, a magnitude 7.9 (7.9 MW, Depth: 2.6 mi, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 595.8 miles away from the city center
On 5/3/2014 at 08:57:13, a magnitude 5.7 (5.7 MW, Depth: 16.3 mi) earthquake occurred 211.7 miles away from Wainwright center
On 4/18/2014 at 18:44:18, a magnitude 5.7 (5.7 MW, Depth: 12.7 mi) earthquake occurred 213.0 miles away from Wainwright center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), energy magnitude (ME), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)
Wainwright topographic map

Airports located in Wainwright:

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Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Wainwright:

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (about 511 miles; Fairbanks, AK; Full-time enrollment: 6,397)
  • Charter College-Anchorage (about 712 miles; Anchorage, AK; FT enrollment: 2,983)
  • University of Alaska Anchorage (about 713 miles; Anchorage, AK; FT enrollment: 12,483)
  • Whatcom Community College (about 1937 miles; Bellingham, WA; FT enrollment: 3,265)
  • Western Washington University (about 1941 miles; Bellingham, WA; FT enrollment: 13,875)
  • Peninsula College (about 1963 miles; Port Angeles, WA; FT enrollment: 2,012)
  • Skagit Valley College (about 1963 miles; Mount Vernon, WA; FT enrollment: 3,803)

Public elementary/middle school in Wainwright:

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User-submitted facts and corrections:

  • Another ancestry is Russian.

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Wainwright: Wainwright Health Clinic - North Slope Borough (A), North Slope Borough Fire Department Wainwright Station (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

North Slope Borough has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential
Average household size:
This city:

3.6 people
Alaska:

2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

78.2%
Whole state:

66.2%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

15.6%
Whole state:

8.6%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 1.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 1.4% of all households
20 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers in 2010

For population 15 years and over in Wainwright:

Marital status in Wainwright, AK
  • Never married: 43.2%
  • Now married: 41.4%
  • Separated: 3.4%
  • Widowed: 7.6%
  • Divorced: 4.4%

For population 25 years and over in Wainwright:

  • High school or higher: 80.1%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 5.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 2.5%
  • Unemployed: 21.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 9.5 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.0
Alaska average:

10.2

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

Religion statistics for Wainwright, AK (based on North Slope Borough data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant7977
Evangelical Protestant4537
Catholic1652
Other1241
None7,891-
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: 9
Here:

13.76 / 10,000 pop.
Alaska:

3.30 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

1.53 / 10,000 pop.
Alaska:

0.33 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 1
This county:

1.53 / 10,000 pop.
Alaska:

2.30 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 3
North Slope Borough:

4.59 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.82 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
North Slope Borough:

7.2%
Alaska:

6.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

37.0%
Alaska:

27.8%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Wainwright:

46.9%
Alaska:

49.7%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Here:

44.4%
State:

48.0%

Average BMI:
Wainwright:

29.1
Alaska:

28.7

People feeling badly about themselves:
This city:

23.5%
Alaska:

21.7%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Here:

9.0%
Alaska:

9.7%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

6.6
Alaska:

6.8

Overweight people:
Wainwright:

32.1%
Alaska:

34.1%

General health condition:
Here:

54.3%
Alaska:

57.5%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

80.9%
Alaska:

81.0%

More about Health and Nutrition of Wainwright, AK Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2019)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Parks and Recreation 7$9,304$15,9500$0
Welfare 4$5,550$16,6500$0
Other Government Administration 4$20,303$60,9090$0
Other and Unallocable 2$7,873$47,2380$0
Totals for Government 17$43,030$30,3740$0

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

  • Current Operations - General - Other: $445,000 ($758.09)
    Parks and Recreation: $332,000 ($565.59)
    Public Welfare - Other: $99,000 ($168.65)
    Financial Administration: $80,000 ($136.29)
    Regular Highways: $24,000 ($40.89)
    General Public Buildings: $12,000 ($20.44)
    Local Fire Protection: $3,000 ($5.11)
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $1,000 ($1.70)

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

  • Charges - Parks and Recreation: $8,000 ($13.63)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $101,000 ($172.06)
    Other: $62,000 ($105.62)
  • Miscellaneous - Donations From Private Sources: $213,000 ($362.86)
    General Revenue - Other: $8,000 ($13.63)
    Rents: $7,000 ($11.93)
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $265,000 ($451.45)
    General Local Government Support: $78,000 ($132.88)
    Highways: $47,000 ($80.07)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $667,000 ($1136.29)

4.81% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($64,381 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.81%
Alaska average:

7.70%

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

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Anchorage Municipality, AK  1.53% ($69,167 average AGI)


7.99% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($64,387 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.99%
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  2.51% ($47,475 average AGI)

Strongest AM radio stations in Wainwright:

  • KBRW (680 AM; 10 kW; BARROW, AK; Owner: SILAKKUAGVIK COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KICY (850 AM; 50 kW; NOME, AK; Owner: ARCTIC BROADCASTING ASSOCIATION)
  • KOTZ (720 AM; 10 kW; KOTZEBUE, AK; Owner: KOTZEBUE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KJNP (1170 AM; 50 kW; NORTH POLE, AK; Owner: EVAN. ALASKA MISSIONARY FELLOWSHIP)
  • KNOM (780 AM; 25 kW; NOME, AK; Owner: CATHOLIC BISHOP OF NORTHERN ALASKA)
  • KENI (650 AM; 50 kW; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KFQD (750 AM; 50 kW; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • KIAM (630 AM; 10 kW; NENANA, AK; Owner: VOICE OF CHRIST MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • KFAR (660 AM; 10 kW; FAIRBANKS, AK; Owner: NEW NORTHWEST BROADCASTERS, LLC)
  • KCBF (820 AM; 10 kW; FAIRBANKS, AK; Owner: NEW NORTHWEST BROADCASTERS, LLC)
  • KSKO (870 AM; 10 kW; MCGRATH, AK; Owner: KUSKOKWIM PUBLIC BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • KYUK (640 AM; 10 kW; BETHEL, AK; Owner: BETHEL BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KIYU (910 AM; 5 kW; GALENA, AK; Owner: BIG RIVER PULBLIC BROADCASTING CORP)

TV broadcast stations around Wainwright:

  • K09QO (Channel 9; WAINWRIGHT, AK; Owner: STATE OF ALASKA)
  • K04IR (Channel 4; WAINWRIGHT, AK; Owner: STATE OF ALASKA)

Wainwright fatal accident list:

Mar 17, 1994 00:30 AM, Kuk Road, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1, Drunk persons involved: 1
May 1, 1989 06:15 AM, Nuirievik, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1, Drunk persons involved: 1

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Wainwright)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

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

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

2
  • Fire Station (Lat: 70.636972 Lon: -160.006194), Call Sign: KNDL946, Licensee ID: L00013694,
    Assigned Frequencies: 154.445 MHz, Grant Date: 06/17/1997, Expiration Date: 08/06/2002, Cancellation Date: 04/24/2002, Registrant: North Slope, Borough Of, Barrow, AK 99723, Phone: (907) 852-0311
  • WAINWRIGHT, 1239 Airport Road, Nsb Police Station (Lat: 70.637611 Lon: -160.028250), Type: Ltower, Structure height: 18.9 m, Overall height: 23.5 m, Call Sign: WQZQ409,
    Assigned Frequencies: 152.007 MHz, Grant Date: 07/05/2017, Expiration Date: 07/05/2027, Certifier: Glen Madson, Registrant: Adcomm Engineering Company, 3929 184th Pl Se, Bothell, WA 98012-8827, Phone: (425) 489-0125, Fax: (425) 488-3952, Email:

FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers:

7
  • 1912 House Number Hunging Boat 9806m (Lat: 70.582806 Lon: -160.003389), Type: Tower, Call Sign: KPB657,
    Assigned Frequencies: 156.425 MHz, 156.450 MHz, 156.800 MHz, Grant Date: 01/23/1995, Expiration Date: 01/23/2000, Cancellation Date: 05/06/2001, Registrant: Arthur O Segevan, Wainwright, AK 99782
  • Wainwright Airport (Lat: 70.637528 Lon: -160.009528), Type: Tower, Call Sign: WRLB2717, Licensee ID: L00011273,
    Assigned Frequencies: 0.33800 MHz, Grant Date: 10/24/2000, Expiration Date: 10/24/2005, Cancellation Date: 01/07/2006, Registrant: Alaska Aviation Radio Inc, 1776 K St Nw, Washington, DC 20006-2398
  • 1239 Airport Rd. (Lat: 70.637639 Lon: -160.027972), Type: Tower, Structure height: 18.2 m, Call Sign: WQFD597,
    Assigned Frequencies: 156.800 MHz, 156.350 MHz, 156.425 MHz, 156.475 MHz, 156.575 MHz, Grant Date: 06/21/2006, Expiration Date: 11/15/2006, Cancellation Date: 01/20/2007, Certifier: Lee R F Gaspard Jr, Registrant: Shell Communications Inc, Houston, TX 77252-0329, Phone: (713) 245-1303, Fax: (713) 245-1010, Email:
  • 1239 Airport Rd. (Lat: 70.637639 Lon: -160.027972), Type: Tower, Structure height: 18.2 m, Call Sign: WQFN985,
    Assigned Frequencies: 156.800 MHz, 156.350 MHz, 156.425 MHz, 156.475 MHz, 156.575 MHz, Grant Date: 07/27/2016, Expiration Date: 08/29/2026, Certifier: Lee R F Gaspard Jr, Registrant: Shell Communications Inc, One Shell Plaza, 910 Louisiana St, Houston, TX 77002, Phone: (713) 241-3932, Email:
  • Wainwright Airport (Lat: 70.637528 Lon: -160.009528), Type: Pole, Structure height: 6 m, Call Sign: WQGA614,
    Assigned Frequencies: 0.33800 MHz, Grant Date: 12/14/2016, Expiration Date: 11/28/2026, Certifier: John Bartlett, Registrant: Wiley Rein LLP, 1776 K Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20006-2304, Phone: (202) 719-7235, Fax: (202) 719-7049, Email:
  • Within 25 Nautical Mile Radius Of Above Coordinates In Chukchi Sea (Lat: 71.173333 Lon: -163.471806), Type: Rig, Structure height: 24.4 m, Call Sign: WQVW420,
    Assigned Frequencies: 118.650 MHz, Grant Date: 05/28/2015, Expiration Date: 05/28/2025, Certifier: Lee Roy F Gaspard Jr, Registrant: Shell Communications Inc, One Shell Plaza, 910 Louisiana Street, Houston, TX 77002, Phone: (713) 241-3932, Email:
  • 576 Main St. (Lat: 70.636250 Lon: -160.033694), Type: Bant, Structure height: 10 m, Overall height: 12 m, Call Sign: WRKR474,
    Assigned Frequencies: 161.975 MHz, 162.025 MHz, Grant Date: 02/02/2021, Expiration Date: 02/02/2031, Certifier: Bryan Hinderberger, Registrant: Marine Exchange Of Alaska, 1050 Harbor Way, Juneau, AK 99801, Phone: (907) 463-4292, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

2
  • Call Sign: KL0IY, Grant Date: 06/24/1997, Expiration Date: 06/24/2007, Cancellation Date: 06/25/2009, Registrant: Terry L Tagarook, Wainwright, AK 99782
  • Call Sign: KL0JF, Grant Date: 06/24/1997, Expiration Date: 06/24/2007, Cancellation Date: 06/25/2009, Registrant: George Patkotak, Wainwright, AK 99782

Most common first names in Wainwright, AK among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
David372.3 years
Billy268.0 years
Ronald237.5 years
Samuel282.4 years
Most common last names in Wainwright, AK among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Kagak771.1 years
Bodfish479.2 years
Ahlalook374.3 years
Ahmaogak369.7 years
Matoomealook377.7 years
Negovanna380.4 years
Phillips371.0 years
Agnasagga288.5 years
Aveoganna276.5 years
Driggs279.0 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Wainwright, AK
  • 92.0%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 4.5%Electricity
  • 3.4%Utility gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Wainwright, AK
  • 95.7%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 4.3%Electricity


Wainwright compared to Alaska 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 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 significantly below state average.

Wainwright on our top lists:

  • #25 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the least people driving a car to work alone (population 500+)"
  • #30 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the least cars per house, population 500+"
  • #40 on the list of "Top 100 cities with shortest commuting times"
  • #57 on the list of "Top 100 low-educated but high-earning cities"
  • #17 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest ground withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
  • #78 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest number of deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013"
  • #89 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 no other airmen in this city.
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