Upper Kalskag, Alaska

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Upper Kalskag is a city in Bethel Census Area, Alaska, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 230.



Upper Kalskag is located at 61°32′15″N 160°18′58″W / 61.5375°N 160.31611°W / 61.5375; -160.31611 (61.537440, -160.316070)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.1 square miles (10.7 km²), of which, 3.8 square miles (9.8 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²) of it (8.47%) is water.

Upper Kalskag, referred to by the locals as just "Upper", is linked to Lower Kalskag (Lower) by a single two mile maintained gravel/dirt road.

Upper Kalskag is accessible only by small plane, boat, and automobile via the river "ice road" (Winter only). The ice road is constructed each winter from Aniak to Bethel by drilling and marking holes in the ice every 100 yards and subsequently marking and plowing a route on the river where the ice depth is sufficient.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 230 people, 62 households, and 44 families residing in the city. The population density was 60.8 people per square mile (23.5/km²). There were 66 housing units at an average density of 17.5/sq mi (6.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 8.70% White, 0.43% Black or African American, 85.65% Native American, and 5.22% from two or more races. Referenced as "Native American" by the U.S. census, the majority of the population of Kalskag is not, in fact, Native American, rather Yupik Eskimo.

There were 62 households out of which 56.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.1% were married couples living together, 16.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.0% were non-families. 24.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.71 and the average family size was 4.55.

In the city the population was spread out with 43.9% under the age of 18, 10.4% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 12.6% from 45 to 64, and 6.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 22 years. For every 100 females there were 103.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 111.5 males.

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