Chitina, Alaska

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Chitina is a census-designated place (CDP) in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 123.



Chitina is located at 61°32′21″N 144°25′30″W / 61.53917°N 144.425°W / 61.53917; -144.425 (61.539033, -144.424881)[1].

Chitina is located on the west bank of the Copper River at its confluence with the Chitina River on the Edgerton Highway, and junction with the McCarthy Road. It is 85 km (53 miles) southeast of Copper Center and 106 km (66 miles) southeast of Glennallen. It is outside the western boundary of the Wrangell - St Elias National Park and Preserve.

In 1945, work had begun to convert the CR&NW railroad line, from Cordova to Kennicott, into a highway, but work halted with the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake, leaving a significant gap between Chitina and the Million Dollar Bridge near Cordova. The rail route from Chitina to Kennicott is a roadway, the McCarthy Road.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 95.8 square miles (248.0 km²), of which, 84.6 square miles (219.2 km²) of it is land and 11.1 square miles (28.8 km²) of it (11.62%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 123 people, 52 households, and 30 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1.5 people per square mile (0.6/km²). There were 54 housing units at an average density of 0.6/sq mi (0.2/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 51.22% White, 33.33% Native American, and 15.45% from two or more races.

There were 52 households out of which 23.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.3% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.3% were non-families. 36.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 3.07.

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