Northway, Alaska

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Northway, Alaska

K’ehtthiign
Location of Northway, Alaska
Location of Northway, Alaska
Coordinates: 62°58′9″N 141°54′18″W / 62.96917°N 141.90500°W / 62.96917; -141.90500Coordinates: 62°58′9″N 141°54′18″W / 62.96917°N 141.90500°W / 62.96917; -141.90500
CountryUnited States
StateAlaska
Census AreaSoutheast Fairbanks
Government
 • State senatorClick Bishop (R)
 • State rep.Dave Talerico (R)
Area
 • Total20.9 sq mi (54.2 km2)
 • Land19.2 sq mi (49.7 km2)
 • Water1.8 sq mi (4.6 km2)
Elevation
1,709 ft (521 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total71
 • Density3.4/sq mi (1.3/km2)
Time zoneUTC-9 (Alaska (AKST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-8 (AKDT)
ZIP code
99764
Area code(s)907
FIPS code02-56220
GNIS feature ID1407253

Northway (K’ehtthiign[1] in Upper Tanana Athabascan) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska, United States. The population was 71 at the 2010 census, down from 95 in 2000.

Geography[edit]

Northway is located at 62°58′9″N 141°54′18″W / 62.96917°N 141.90500°W / 62.96917; -141.90500 (62.969297, -141.905034).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 20.9 square miles (54 km2), of which, 19.2 square miles (50 km2) of it is land and 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2) of it (8.45%) is water.

The highest sea-level pressure in North America was recorded at Northway on January 31, 1989 with a reading of 31.85 inches, a record only surpassed by two readings in Siberia.[3] Due to aircraft altimeters only being able to calibrate to 31 inches, most were grounded.

Climate[edit]

Northway has a dry-winter continental subarctic climate (Köppen Dwc).

Climate data for Northway
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 43
(6)
41
(5)
53
(12)
74
(23)
85
(29)
91
(33)
88
(31)
88
(31)
79
(26)
68
(20)
42
(6)
39
(4)
91
(33)
Average high °F (°C) −9.9
(−23.3)
3.4
(−15.9)
22.5
(−5.3)
42
(6)
56.9
(13.8)
67
(19)
69.5
(20.8)
64.9
(18.3)
52.5
(11.4)
29.6
(−1.3)
5.4
(−14.8)
−6.4
(−21.3)
33.1
(0.6)
Average low °F (°C) −26.6
(−32.6)
−19.2
(−28.4)
−8.9
(−22.7)
15.2
(−9.3)
32.9
(0.5)
44.4
(6.9)
48
(9)
42.9
(6.1)
31.4
(−0.3)
13.3
(−10.4)
−10.5
(−23.6)
−22.3
(−30.2)
11.7
(−11.3)
Record low °F (°C) −72
(−58)
−71
(−57)
−56
(−49)
−34
(−37)
2
(−17)
25
(−4)
32
(0)
12
(−11)
−6
(−21)
−36
(−38)
−55
(−48)
−64
(−53)
−72
(−58)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 0.27
(6.9)
0.24
(6.1)
0.17
(4.3)
0.21
(5.3)
0.93
(24)
2.01
(51)
2.6
(66)
1.46
(37)
0.99
(25)
0.5
(13)
0.35
(8.9)
0.29
(7.4)
10.02
(255)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 5.4
(14)
4.9
(12)
3.4
(8.6)
2.2
(5.6)
0.8
(2.0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.2
(0.51)
1
(2.5)
6.8
(17)
6.5
(17)
6
(15)
37.2
(94)
Average precipitation days 6 5 4 3 8 12 13 12 8 8 7 7 93
Source: [4]

Transportation[edit]

There is a shuttle between Tok and Northway three times a week, connecting with the Fairbanks - Glennallen - Anchorage service.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1950196
19601960.0%
197040−79.6%
19807382.5%
199012368.5%
200095−22.8%
201071−25.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

Northway first appeared on the 1950 U.S. Census as the unincorporated village of "Northway-Nabesna", which included the native village of Nabesna on the west side of Nabesna River across from present-day Northway Village. It returned as Northway in 1960. In 1980, it was made a census-designated place (CDP).

As of the census of 2010, there were 290 people. The racial makeup of the CDP was 66% Native American, 29% White, and 4.8% from two or more races. [6]

The median age was 39.6. [7]

Education[edit]

Northway is part of the Alaska Gateway School District. Walter Northway School, a K-12 campus, serves community students.

References[edit]

  1. ^ UAF: Alaska Native Place Names
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "NORTHWAY AP, AK (506586)". Western Regional Climate Center. Retrieved November 19, 2015.
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  6. ^ http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?src=CF
  7. ^ http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?src=CF