Chefornak, Alaska

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Chefornak (Cevv'arneq in Central Yup'ik), sits on Chaputnguak; the old village site of Chefornak is about two miles down river from the new village site. The village was moved to the new site due to flooding that occurred annually. Chefornak is a city in Bethel Census Area, Alaska, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 394.



Chefornak is located at 60°9′33″N 164°16′10″W / 60.15917°N 164.26944°W / 60.15917; -164.26944 (60.159070, -164.269437)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.5 square miles (16.8 km²), of which, 5.7 square miles (14.8 km²) of it is land and 0.8 square miles (2.0 km²) of it (11.71%) is water.

Local Geology

Located in a region where the arctic tundra meets and interacts with the Bering Sea, as well as being in a region impacted by past volcanism, Chefornak has many interesting local landmarks.

An extinct volcano, Tern Mountain, is visible in the distance. Large, blocky, igneous rocks are a common sight in the village and the surrounding tundra.

The Kinia River (Urrsukvaaq) and its many tributaries are important to the people of the village, because of water travel to hunting an fishing areas, as well as because of difficulties presented by flooding and erosion.


As of the 2000 census, there were 394 people, 75 households, and 63 families residing in the city. The population density was 68.8 people per square mile (26.5/km²). There were 82 housing units at an average density of 14.3/sq mi (5.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.40% Alaska Native, 2.03% White, and 4.57% from two or more races.

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