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Kivalina, Alaska - Basic Facts

The City of Kivalina had a population of 372 as of July 1, 2020. Kivalina 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 Kivalina is located at latitude 67.7269 and longitude -164.5333 in Northwest Arctic Borough. The formal boundaries for the City of Kivalina encompass a land area of 1.5 sq. miles and a water area of 2.46 sq. miles. Northwest Arctic Borough is in the Alaska time zone (GMT -9). The elevation is 0 feet.

The City of Kivalina (GNIS ID: 2419411) 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 Kivalina is located within the 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Kivalina: Kebuleek, Kebulik, Kevuleek, Kevulik, Kivalena, Kivalinagmiut, Kivalinagmouit, Kivalinak, Kivaliniq, Kivalinyah, Kiv-a-lin-yah, Kiveleena, Kivelow, Kivilenya, Kivoualinagmut, Kivualinagmut, Kivualinak, Kuveleek.


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


Total Population 372 (100%)
Population in Households 267 (71.8%)
Population in Families 243 (65.3%)
Population in Group Quarters1 105 (28.2%)
Population Density 228
Diversity Index2 34


Median Household Income $51,131
Average Household Income $64,694
% of Income for Mortgage4 7%
Per Capita Income $16,932
Wealth Index5 57


Total HU (Housing Units) 99 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 60 (60.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 24 (24.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 15 (15.2%)
Median Home Value $89,286
Average Home Value $124,583
Housing Affordability Index3 340


Total Households 84
Average Household Size 3.18
Family Households 70
Average Family Size 3
  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 -0.05% -0.16%
Households -0.12% -0.24%
Families -0.14% -0.29%
Median Household Income   -0.81%
Per Capita Income   -0.12%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.34%


Kivalina, AK - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Kivalina 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 # 140 61st
Population Density # 41 89th
Median Household Income # 149 58th
Housing Affordability Index # 339 96th
Per Capita Income # 260 27th
Diversity Index # 190 46th

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