Selawik, Alaska

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Selawik is a city in Northwest Arctic Borough, Alaska, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 772.

Selawik comes from "siilvik" which means "place of sheefish" in Inupiaq.



Selawik is located at 66°35′49″N 160°0′49″W / 66.59694°N 160.01361°W / 66.59694; -160.01361 (66.597043, -160.013674)[2].

Selawik is located at the mouth of the Selawik River where it empties into Selawik Lake, about 112 km (70 miles) southeast of Kotzebue.

Selawik is near the Selawik National Wildlife Refuge, a breeding and resting area for migratory waterfowl.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.4 square miles (8.9 km²), of which, 2.5 square miles (6.5 km²) of it is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km²) of it (26.24%) is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 772 people, 172 households, and 147 families residing in the city. The population density was 306.1 people per square mile (118.3/km²). There were 188 housing units at an average density of 74.5/sq mi (28.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 3.24% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 94.82% Native American, 0.78% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, and 0.91% from two or more races. 0.13% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 172 households out of which 68.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.9% were married couples living together, 29.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.5% were non-families. 12.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.49 and the average family size was 4.78.

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