Tyonek, Alaska

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Tyonek is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. As of the 2000 census the population was 193.

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History

A Dena'ina Alaska Native village at Tyonek was noted by the explorer James Cook in 1778. A smallpox epidemic in the late 1830s killed about half the population. Tyonek became a major port during the Resurrection Creek gold rush of the 1880s, but declined after the founding of Anchorage on the other side of Cook Inlet in 1915. Tyonek was moved to its current site when the original village, located on lower ground, flooded in the 1930s.

Geography

Tyonek is located at 61°3′38″N 151°13′51″W / 61.06056°N 151.23083°W / 61.06056; -151.23083 (61.060470, -151.230697)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 68.8 square miles (178.2 km²), of which, 67.6 square miles (175.1 km²) of it is land and 1.2 square miles (3.1 km²) of it (1.73%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 193 people, 66 households, and 45 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2.9 people per square mile (1.1/km²). There were 134 housing units at an average density of 2.0/sq mi (0.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 4.66% White and 95.34% Native American. 2.59% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 66 households out of which 42.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 27.3% were married couples living together, 22.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.8% were non-families. 30.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.42.

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