Selawik, AK Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Selawik, Alaska - Basic Facts

The City of Selawik had a population of 844 as of July 1, 2016. Selawik ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Alaska. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Selawik is located at latitude 66.5908 and longitude -160.0012 in Northwest Arctic Borough. The formal boundaries for the City of Selawik (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.93 sq. miles and a water area of 1.18 sq. miles. Northwest Arctic Borough is in the Alaska time zone (GMT -9). The elevation is 7 feet.

The City of Selawik (GNIS ID: 2419466) 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 Selawik is located within the Northwest Arctic Census Subarea of Northwest Arctic 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 Selawik 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 Selawik: Akuligaq, Chilivik, Seelawik Mutes, Selawigamute, Siilivik, Sulawig-meuts.

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


Total Population 844
Population in Households 844
Population in Familes 743
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 288
Diversity Index2 28


Total Households 188
Average Household Size 4.49
Family Households 152
Average Family Size 5


Total Housing Units 204 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 93 (45.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 95 (46.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 16 ( 7.8%)
Median Home Value $100,000
Average Home Value $103,457


Median Household Income $36,290
Average Household Income $49,738
Per Capita Income $11,156
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.29% 0.28%
Households 0.17% 0.21%
Families 0.11% 0.13%
Median Household Income   -0.21%
Per Capita Income   1.27%
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.

Selawik, AK - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Selawik 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 # 76 79th
Population Density1 # 31 92nd
Diversity Index2 # 220 38th
Median Household Income # 278 22nd
Per Capita Income # 350 2nd

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