Wade Hampton Census Area, Alaska


Wade Hampton Census Area, Alaska

Wade Hampton Census Area is a census area located in the U.S. state of Alaska. As of the 2000 census, the population is 7,028. It is part of the unorganized borough and therefore has no borough seat. Its largest community is the city of Hooper Bay, on the Bering Sea coast.

History

The area was defined and named in 1913 for Wade Hampton III, an American Civil War soldier, Governor and United States Senator from the state of South Carolina. Judge John Randolph Tucker, appointed by President Woodrow Wilson that year, named the area in honor of his wife's father, Hampton, who had died a decade earlier. [http://www.yukonalaska.com/communities/marshall1.html]

Geography

The census area has a total area of 19,669 square miles (50,943 km²), of which, 17,194 square miles (44,531 km²) of it is land and 2,476 square miles (6,412 km²) of it (12.59%) is water.

Adjacent boroughs and census areas

* Nome Census Area, Alaska - north
* Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, Alaska - east
* Bethel Census Area, Alaska - south

National protected area

* Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge (part)

Demographics

As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 7,028 people, 1,602 households, and 1,296 families residing in the census area. The population density was 0 people per square mile (0/km²). There were 2,063 housing units at an average density of 0/sq mi (0/km²). The racial makeup of the census area was 92.53% Native American, 4.74% White, 0.06% Black or African American, 0.10% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.03% from other races, and 2.52% from two or more races. 0.33% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 50.00% of the population reported speaking English at home, while 49.75% spoke Yupik or "Eskimo" [http://www.mla.org/map_data_results&state_id=2&county_id=270&mode=geographic&zip=&place_id=&cty_id=&ll=&a=&ea=&order=r] .

In the 2006 American community survey, the Wade Hampton Census Area had the largest increase in Hispanic population since 2000 with a 1572.73% increase. [http://www.census.gov.ezproxy.fau.edu/population/www/socdemo/hispanic/hispanic_pop_presentation.html]

There were 1,602 households out of which 59.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.40% were married couples living together, 20.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.10% were non-families. 16.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.38 and the average family size was 4.95.

In the census area the population was spread out with 46.60% under the age of 18, 9.70% from 18 to 24, 25.60% from 25 to 44, 13.10% from 45 to 64, and 5.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 20 years. For every 100 females there were 109.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.70 males.

The census area's per-capita income makes it one of the poorest places in the United States.

Cities and towns

*Alakanuk
*Chevak
*Chuloonawick
*Emmonak
*Hooper Bay
*Kotlik
*Marshall
*Mountain Village
*Nunam Iqua (formerly Sheldon Point)
*Ohogamiut
*Pilot Station
*Pitkas Point
*Russian Mission
*Scammon Bay
*St. Mary's

References


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