Deering, Alaska

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Deering is a city in the Northwest Arctic Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. It is located on a sandy spit on the Seward Peninsula where the Inmachuk River flows into Kotzebue Sound, 92 km (57 mi) southwest of Kotzebue.

As of the 2000 census, the population was 136. As of 2003, the village includes a community hall, a clinic run by the U.S. Public Health Service, a post office, a church, two stores, and a National Guard armory.



The inhabitants are primarily Iñupiat Eskimo. The people are active in subsistence. The sale or importation of alcohol is banned in the village.


The village was established in 1901 as a supply station for interior gold mining near the historic Malemiut Eskimo village of Inmachukmiut. The name probably comes from the schooner Abbie M. Deering, which was present in the area at that time; see #The Abbie M. Deering. Deering incorporated as a second-class city in 1970. It also has a village council, organized under the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934.


Deering is located at 66°4′33″N 162°43′6″W / 66.07583°N 162.71833°W / 66.07583; -162.71833 (66.075713, -162.718229)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 5.3 square miles (13.6 km²), of which, 5.1 square miles (13.3 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (2.28%) is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 136 people, 42 households, and 28 families residing in the village. The population density was 26.5 people per square mile (10.2/km²). There were 61 housing units at an average density of 11.9/sq mi (4.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.38% Native American (Iñupiat), 5.88% White, and 0.74% from two or more races.

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