Eek, Alaska

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Eek is a city in Bethel Census Area, Alaska, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 280.

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Geography

Eek is located at 60°13′7″N 162°1′33″W / 60.21861°N 162.02583°W / 60.21861; -162.02583 (60.218662, -162.025928)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.0 square mile (2.7 km²), of which 0.9 square mile (2.4 km²) is land and 0.1 square mile (0.3 km²) (12.38%) is water.

Services

Eek is serviced by one airport, due west of the village, a second (former) airport located east of the village is the current site of a cellular transmission tower, the runway remains in marginally useable condition, however, and is occaisionally used by private aircraft. A town dock provides access to the Eek River, which feeds into the Kuskokwim providing access to most surrounding villages by boat. During Winter months many residents utilize travel by snow machine and trails are laid out between the villages in the area. Trails from Eek run to Quinoghak to the south, Tuntutuliak to the west and the Bethel area to the north.

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 280 people, 76 households, and 57 families residing in the city. The population density was 307.2 people per square mile (118.8/km²). There were 83 housing units at an average density of 91.1/sq mi (35.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 3.21% White, 95.71% Native American, and 1.07% from two or more races. 0.36% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 76 households out of which 43.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 19.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.0% were non-families. 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.68 and the average family size was 4.54.

In the city the population was spread out with 41.1% under the age of 18, 10.4% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 14.3% from 45 to 64, and 6.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 24 years. For every 100 females there were 120.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 117.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $17,500, and the median income for a family was $27,500. The per capita income for the city was $8,957. About 32.7% of families and 28.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.5% of those under the age of eighteen and 10.0% of those sixty five or over.

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