Quinhagak, Alaska

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Quinhagak (pronounced /ˈkwɪnəhɑːk/;[2] also spelled Kwinhagak) is a city in Bethel Census Area, Alaska, United States. As of the 2000 census, the population of the city is 555.

The Yupik name for the village is Kuinerraq, meaning "new river channel." It has been dated to at least 1000 AD.[citation needed]



Quinhagak is located at 59°45′12″N 161°54′10″W / 59.753374°N 161.902701°W / 59.753374; -161.902701.[3] It is situated on the Kanektok River and near the Arolik River, approximately a mile from the Kuskokwim Bay of the Bering Sea.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.2 square miles (13.6 km²), of which, 4.7 square miles (12.1 km²) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.5 km²) of it (10.86%) is water.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 555 people, 137 households, and 113 families residing in the city. The population density was 118.5 people per square mile (45.8/km²). There were 153 housing units at an average density of 32.7/sq mi (12.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 2.70% White, 96.04% Native American, and 1.26% from two or more races. 0.72% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 137 households out of which 50.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.2% were married couples living together, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.8% were non-families. 12.4% 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 4.05 and the average family size was 4.52.

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