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The City of Shungnak had a population of 301 as of July 1, 2022. Shungnak ranks in 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 Shungnak is located at latitude 66.8881 and longitude -157.1364 in Northwest Arctic Borough. The formal boundaries for the City of Shungnak encompass a land area of 8.92 sq. miles and a water area of 1 sq. miles. Northwest Arctic Borough is in the Alaska time zone (GMT -9). The elevation is 171 feet.

The City of Shungnak 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 Shungnak 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Shungnak: Isinnaq, Nuurviuraq.

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Shungnak, AK Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2022)


Total Population 301 (100%)
Population in Households 298 (99.0%)
Population in Families 246 (81.7%)
Population in Group Quarters1 3 ( 1.0%)
Population Density 37
Diversity Index2 22


Median Household Income $46,949
Average Household Income $67,777
% of Income for Mortgage4 0%
Per Capita Income $16,131
Wealth Index5 46


Total HU (Housing Units) 90 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 50 (55.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 22 (24.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 18 (20.0%)
Median Home Value $120,455
Average Home Value $193,367
Housing Affordability Index3 0


Total Households 72
Average Household Size 4.14
Family Households 51
Average Family Size 5.00
  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.


2020-2022 2022-2027
Population 4.61% -0.61%
Households 0.00% -0.85%
Families   -0.80%
Median Household Income   -0.92%
Per Capita Income   0.66%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.40%

Shungnak, AK - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Shungnak to the other 353 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Alaska by rank and percentile using July 1, 2022 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 # 164 54th
Population Density # 119 67th
Median Household Income # 201 43rd
Housing Affordability Index # 143 41st
Per Capita Income # 296 16th
Diversity Index # 276 22nd

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