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Metlakatla, Alaska - Basic Facts

The Metlakatla Census Designated Place had a population of 1,638 as of July 1, 2020. Metlakatla 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 Metlakatla is located at latitude 55.1292 and longitude -131.5722 in Prince of Wales-Hyder (CA) Borough. The formal boundaries for the Metlakatla Census Designated Place encompass a land area of 2.31 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Prince of Wales-Hyder (CA) Borough is in the Alaska time zone (GMT -9). The elevation is 33 feet.

The Metlakatla Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2418709) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The Metlakatla Census Designated Place is located within the Metlakatla Indian Community Census Subarea of Prince of Wales-Hyder (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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Metlakatla: Maxlakxaala, Metlahcatlah, Metlah-Catlah, Metlahkatlah, Metlakahtla, Metla-katla, New Metlakahta, New Metlakatla, Port Chester.


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


Total Population 1,638 (100%)
Population in Households 1,638 (100.0%)
Population in Families 1,398 (85.3%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 710
Diversity Index2 34


Median Household Income $53,013
Average Household Income $71,904
% of Income for Mortgage4 12%
Per Capita Income $23,250
Wealth Index5 66


Total HU (Housing Units) 611 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 363 (59.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 171 (28.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 77 (12.6%)
Median Home Value $147,500
Average Home Value $154,614
Housing Affordability Index3 226


Total Households 534
Average Household Size 3.07
Family Households 385
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 1.51% 1.15%
Households 0.78% 0.88%
Families 0.77% 0.77%
Median Household Income   -0.02%
Per Capita Income   1.23%
Owner Occupied HU   1.13%


Metlakatla, AK - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Metlakatla 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 # 53 85th
Population Density # 15 96th
Median Household Income # 140 61st
Housing Affordability Index # 292 83rd
Per Capita Income # 193 46th
Diversity Index # 186 47th

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