Kaltag, Alaska

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Kaltag is a village in Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, Alaska, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 230.

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Geography

Kaltag is located at 64°19′31″N 158°43′37″W / 64.32528°N 158.72694°W / 64.32528; -158.72694 (64.325145, -158.727030)[2].

Kaltag is on the west bank of the Yukon River, 120 km (75 miles) west of [[Galena, Alaskaa of 27.4 square miles (70.9 km²), of which, 23.3 square miles (60.3 km²) of it is land and 4.1 square miles (10.6 km²) of it (14.97%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 230 people, 69 households, and 52 families residing in the village. The population density was 9.9 people per square mile (3.8/km²). There were 78 housing units at an average density of 3.3/sq mi (1.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 12.61% White, 84.35% Native American, and 3.04% from two or more races.

There were 69 households out of which 49.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.1% were married couples living together, 18.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.2% were non-families. 21.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.33 and the average family size was 3.83.

In the village the population was spread out with 37.0% under the age of 18, 12.2% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 15.7% from 45 to 64, and 7.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 25 years. For every 100 females there were 132.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 126.6 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $29,167, and the median income for a family was $25,625. Males had a median income of $20,938 versus $48,750 for females. The per capita income for the village was $9,361. About 29.8% of families and 33.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 45.7% of those under the age of eighteen and none of those sixty five or over.

History

Kaltag was a Koyokon Athabascan area used as a cemetery for surrounding villages. It is located on an old portage trail which led west through the mountains to Unalakleet. The Athabascans had seasonal camps in the area and moved as the wild game migrated. There were 12 summer fish camps located on the Yukon River between the Koyukuk River and the Nowitna River.

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