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, 2017. 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, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Shishmaref: Qigiqtaq, Shismaref.

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Shishmaref, AK Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 575
Daytime Population: Workers 9
Daytime Population: Residents 434
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 443
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.77
Population in Households 573
Population in Familes 482
Population in Group Qrtrs 2
Population Density2 259
Diversity Index3 16


Median Household Income $38,692
Average Household Income $48,268
Per Capita Income $13,094


Total Housing Units 155 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 81 (52.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 62 (40.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 12 ( 7.7%)
Median Home Value $127,273
Average Home Value $134,688


Total Households 143
Average Household Size 4.01
Family Households 100
Average Family Size 5
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.29% 0.35%
Households 0.19% 0.28%
Families -1.43% 0.0%
Median Household Income   2.49%
Per Capita Income   2.91%

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, 2017 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 # 106 70th
Population Density # 33 91st
Diversity Index # 302 15th
Median Household Income # 276 22nd
Per Capita Income # 325 8th

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