Shishmaref, AK Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Shishmaref, Alaska - Basic Facts

The City of Shishmaref had a population of 575 as of July 1, 2016. Shishmaref ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Alaska. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Shishmaref is located at latitude 66.2387 and longitude -166.1093 in Nome (CA) Borough. The formal boundaries for the City of Shishmaref (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.22 sq. miles and a water area of 5.04 sq. miles. Nome (CA) Borough is in the Alaska time zone (GMT -9). The elevation is 0 feet.

The City of Shishmaref (GNIS ID: 2418855) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Shishmaref is located within the Nome Census Subarea of Nome (CA) Borough. Census subareas are statistical subdivisions of the county equivalents used in Alaska (boroughs, city and boroughs, municipalities, and census areas) and are the statistical equivalent of Micro Civil Divisions (MCDs) used in other states.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Shishmaref population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Shishmaref: Qigiqtaq, Shismaref.

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Shishmaref, AK Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 575
Population in Households 572
Population in Familes 480
Population in Group Qrtrs 3
Population Density1 259
Diversity Index2 16


Total Households 143
Average Household Size 4.0
Family Households 100
Average Family Size 5


Total Housing Units 156 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 79 (50.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 64 (41.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 13 ( 8.3%)
Median Home Value $130,769
Average Home Value $134,615


Median Household Income $39,211
Average Household Income $48,120
Per Capita Income $13,169
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.34% 0.14%
Households 0.23% 0.14%
Families -1.66% 0.0%
Median Household Income   -0.74%
Per Capita Income   0.27%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Shishmaref, AK - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Shishmaref to the other 354 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Alaska by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 108 70th
Population Density1 # 34 91st
Diversity Index2 # 293 18th
Median Household Income # 251 29th
Per Capita Income # 326 8th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Alaska Census Data Comparison Tool.