Klukwan, Alaska

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Klukwan is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hoonah-Angoon Census Area, Alaska, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 139.



Klukwan began as a Chilkat Tlingit village along the trade route later known as the Dalton Trail. In 1880, the U. S. Navy reported the name of the village as "Chilcat of Klukquan." The name is Tlakw Áan in Tlingit, meaning roughly “forever village” due to its antiquity.[1] Klukwan is the only remaining of five Chilkat villages that were in the area before 1900.


Klukwan is located at 59°24′0″N 135°53′36″W / 59.4°N 135.89333°W / 59.4; -135.89333 (59.400098, -135.893393)[2]. Klukwan is located 35 km (22 miles) northwest of Haines, on the Chilkat River near the Haines Highway.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km²), of which, 1.2 square miles (3.2 km²) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.7 km²) of it (34.21%) is water.

Klukwan is an enclave of Haines Borough, Alaska. Although Klukwan is located in the Hoonah-Angoon Census Area of the Unorganized Borough, it is entirely surrounded by territory of Haines Borough, and therefore cut off from the rest of the Census Area.[3]


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 139 people, 44 households, and 31 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 111.9 people per square mile (43.3/km²). There were 85 housing units at an average density of 68.4/sq mi (26.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 10.07% White, 88.49% Native American, 0.72% Asian, and 0.72% from two or more races. 3.60% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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