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Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area, Alaska

Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area is a census area located in the U.S. state of Alaska. It is part of the unorganized borough and therefore has no borough seat. Its largest communities are Craig and Metlakatla. It was formerly part of the Census Bureau's Prince of Wales-Outer Ketchikan Census Area, but the name was changed in 2008 after most of the Outer Ketchikan (except the parts near the community of Hyder, and Annette Island) was lost to annexation by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough. As of the 2000 census, the population of the then-Prince of Wales-Outer Ketchikan Census Area was 6,146.


The census area has a land area of 3,922.87 square miles (10,160.2 km²).[1] The pre-2008 census area had a total area of 12,706 square miles (32,909 km²), of which 7,411 square miles (19,193 km²) was land and 5,296 square miles (13,716 km², or 41.68%) was water. The present-day Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area includes the Hyder area as an exclave, and Annette Island, which is mostly surrounded by territory of Ketchikan Gateway Borough.[2] Before the transfer of territory, Ketchikan Gateway Borough was enclaved within (surrounded by) the census area.

Adjacent boroughs and census areas

Also shares border with British Columbia, Canada.

National protected areas


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20125,7513.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[3]
2012 Estimate[4]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 6,146 people, 2,262 households, and 1,535 families residing in the then-census area. The population density was 1 people per square mile (0/km²). There were 3,055 housing units at an average density of 0 persons/km² (0 persons/sq mi). The racial makeup of the census area was 53.12% White, 0.15% African American, 38.68% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.50% from other races, and 7.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.74% of any race.

There were 2,262 households out of which 37.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.80% were married couples living together, 10.00% have a woman whose husband does not live with her, and 32.10% were non-families. 26.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.25.

In the census area the population was spread out with 31.00% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 30.10% from 25 to 44, 25.80% from 45 to 64, and 5.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 119.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 125.60 males.

Cities and towns

See also

External links

  • Prince of Wales-Outer Ketchikan Census Area map, 2000 census: Alaska Department of Labor
  • Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area map, 2010 census: Alaska Department of Labor


Coordinates: 55°27′N 132°03′W / 55.45°N 132.05°W / 55.45; -132.05

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