Shishmaref, Alaska

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Shishmaref, Alaska

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High Points

Shishmaref strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Alaska):

Category Trophy
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Shishmaref Short Commute Times
Affordability of Rents
(vs. State)
Top 13% Shishmaref Affordability of Rents

Comparative Profile of Shishmaref, Alaska

Comparing Shishmaref to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Alaska (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 10 9
Children Under 5 Years Old 8 5
Well-Paid Single Men 3 3
Senior Citizens 1 5
Racial Diversity 1 1
Female Share of the Population 1 2
Age of the Population 1 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 10 8
Portion of People Married 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 3 4
College Educated Adults 3 3
Median Family Income 2 2
People in Middle Class or Better 1 3

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 1 1
Public Transportation Use 1 1
Working at Home 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 9 4
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 9 5
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 5
Affordability of Rents 5 9
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 4
People Living Alone 2 3

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Shishmaref Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 584 miles NW of Anchorage, Alaska
County Nome
P.O. Box Zip Codes 99772
Phone Area Codes 907
Time Zone Alaska (-9 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 66.04
Longitude -165.5

Shishmaref Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station WALES
Distance 79.2 miles
Jan Temp -7 to 7 F
Apr Temp 3 to 16 F
Jul Temp 43 to 52 F
Oct Temp 25 to 33 F
Annual Precip 11.4 inches
Distance 99.1 miles
Jan Temp -9 to 4 F
Apr Temp 3 to 20 F
Jul Temp 49 to 60 F
Oct Temp 19 to 28 F
Annual Precip 10 inches
Station NOME AP
Distance 105.4 miles
Jan Temp -2 to 13 F
Apr Temp 12 to 27 F
Jul Temp 47 to 59 F
Oct Temp 23 to 34 F
Annual Precip 16.5 inches
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Shishmaref Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 562 100%
Male 313 55.7%
Female 249 44.3%
Under 18 230 40.9%
18+ 332 59.1%
65+ 32 5.7%
Median Age 24.1
Average Family Size 4.59
White 30 5.3%
African-American 0 0%
Asian 0 0%
American Indian & Alaskan 524 93.2%
Other 0 0%
Mixed Race 8 1.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 3 0.5%

Estimated Shishmaref Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 565
Growth 3
Growth % 0.5%

Shishmaref Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 94.4%
Irish 2.1%
English 0.8%
Scottish 0.8%
German 0.8%
Norwegian 0.4%
Slovak 0.4%
Danish 0.2%
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Shishmaref High Schools (2004)

A Title I School.
Serves 185 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.3

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