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Nuiqsut, Alaska - Basic Facts

The City of Nuiqsut had a population of 409 as of July 1, 2020.

The primary coordinate point for Nuiqsut is located at latitude 70.2175 and longitude -150.9764 in North Slope Borough. The formal boundaries for the City of Nuiqsut encompass a land area of 9.42 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. North Slope Borough is in the Alaska time zone (GMT -9). The elevation is 16 feet.

The City of Nuiqsut (GNIS ID: 2419439) 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 Nuiqsut is located within the North Slope Census Subarea of North Slope 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Nuiqsut: Nooiksut, Nuiqsat.


Nuiqsut, AK Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 409 (100%)
Population in Households 383 (93.6%)
Population in Families 318 (77.8%)
Population in Group Quarters1 26 ( 6.4%)
Population Density 46
Diversity Index2 35


Median Household Income $74,193
Average Household Income $86,069
% of Income for Mortgage4 5%
Per Capita Income $24,313
Wealth Index5 71


Total HU (Housing Units) 139 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 69 (49.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 48 (34.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 22 (15.8%)
Median Home Value $87,931
Average Home Value $111,029
Housing Affordability Index3 350


Total Households 117
Average Household Size 3.27
Family Households 81
Average Family Size 4
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.17% 0.05%
Households 0.25% 0.0%
Families -0.35% 0.0%
Median Household Income   0.67%
Per Capita Income   1.5%
Owner Occupied HU   0.29%


Nuiqsut, AK - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Nuiqsut to the other 353 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Alaska by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 136 62nd
Population Density # 113 68th
Median Household Income # 54 85th
Housing Affordability Index # 346 98th
Per Capita Income # 174 51st
Diversity Index # 172 52nd

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