Chignik Lake, Alaska

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Chignik Lake, Alaska
Location of Chignik Lake, Alaska
Location of Chignik Lake, Alaska
Coordinates: 56°16′10″N 158°46′54″W / 56.26944°N 158.78167°W / 56.26944; -158.78167Coordinates: 56°16′10″N 158°46′54″W / 56.26944°N 158.78167°W / 56.26944; -158.78167
CountryUnited States
BoroughLake and Peninsula
 • Borough mayorGlen Alsworth, Sr.[1]
 • State senatorLyman Hoffman (D)
 • State rep.Bryce Edgmon (D)
 • Total22.81 sq mi (59.07 km2)
 • Land12.25 sq mi (31.74 km2)
 • Water10.55 sq mi (27.33 km2)
 • Total73
 • Density8.7/sq mi (3.36/km2)
Time zoneUTC-9 (Alaska (AKST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-8 (AKDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)907
FIPS code02-13780

Chignik Lake (Alutiiq: Igyaraq) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Lake and Peninsula Borough, Alaska, United States. It is 265 miles (426 km) southwest of Kodiak. At the 2010 census the population was 73.[2]


Chignik Lake is located at 56°16′10″N 158°46′54″W / 56.269340°N 158.781714°W / 56.269340; -158.781714.[3] It is on the southeast side of the Alaska Peninsula and comprises all of Chignik Lake the waterbody, as well as land to the northeast and southeast of the lake and land to the south of the Chignik River, the lake's outlet.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 22.8 square miles (59.1 km2), of which 12.2 square miles (31.7 km2) are land and 10.5 square miles (27.3 km2), or 46.27%, are water.[2]

In 2009 the Marines of 4th Combat Engineer Battalion, 4th Marine Division, began work on an inter-village road system linking Chignik Lake to Chignik Lagoon;[4] this is the first phase of potentially creating road links between Chignik Lake, Chignik Lagoon and Chignik.[5]


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

Chignik Lake first appeared on the 1960 U.S. Census, it was made a census-designated place (CDP) in 1980.

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 145 people, 40 households, and 34 families residing in the CDP; the population density was 11.8 people per square mile (4.6/km²). There were 50 housing units at an average density of 4.1/sq mi (1.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 11.72% White, 86.90% Native American, 0.69% Asian, and 0.69% from two or more races. 1.38% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 40 households out of which 65.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.0% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.0% were non-families. 15.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.5% consisted of a sole occupant 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.63 and the average family size was 3.97.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 44.8% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 17.9% from 45 to 64, and 4.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 21 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 116.2 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $41,458, and the median income for a family was $40,938. Males had a median income of $0 versus $38,750 for females; the per capita income for the CDP was $13,842. There were 21.2% of families and 22.0% of the population living below the poverty line, including 31.4% of under eighteens and none of those over 64.


  1. ^ 2015 Alaska Municipal Officials Directory. Juneau: Alaska Municipal League. 2015. p. 12.
  2. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001), Chignik Lake CDP, Alaska". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  4. ^ Sgt. Johnson, Luke (2009). "Marines Build a Road to Somewhere"[permanent dead link] Retrieved 2010-06-17
  5. ^ "Chignik Lagoon Village Council Road Project" Archived 2015-08-02 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 2010-06-17
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.