Noorvik, Alaska

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Noorvik is a primarily Inupiat city in the Northwest Arctic Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. As of the 2000 census, the population of the city was 634. Located in the NANA Region Corp, Noorvik has close ties with the largest city in the region, Kotzebue. Residents speak a dialect of Inupiaq known as Noorvik Inupiaq. Noorvik was the first town to be counted in the 2010 census.[2]



Noorvik is located at 66°50′14″N 161°2′12″W / 66.83722°N 161.03667°W / 66.83722; -161.03667 (66.837130, -161.036641)[3].

Noorvik is located on the right bank of the Nazuruk Channel of the Kobuk River, 76 km (47 miles) east of Kotzebue.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.5 km²), of which, 1.0 square miles (2.5 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²) of it (28.36%) is water.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 634 people, 136 households, and 113 families residing in the city. The population density was 658.7 people per square mile (255.0/km²). There were 157 housing units at an average density of 163.1/sq mi (63.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 4.89% White, 90.06% Native American, 4.89% from two or more races, and 0.16% Pacific Islander.

There were 136 households out of which 58.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.5% were married couples living together, 18.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.9% were non-families. 14.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.66 and the average family size was 5.19.

In the city the population was spread out with 44.5% under the age of 18, 10.6% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 11.5% from 45 to 64, and 7.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 21 years. For every 100 females there were 135.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 134.7 males.

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