Noatak (Nuataaq in Iñupiaq) is a census-designated place (CDP) in the Northwest Arctic Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. The population was 514 at the 2010 census, up from 428 in 2000. It is served by Noatak Airport.
Noatak is located at 67°34′19″N 162°58′30″W / 67.57194°N 162.97500°W / 67.57194; -162.97500 (67.572031, -162.975085).
Noatak is located on the west bank of the Noatak River, 81 km (50 mi) north of Kotzebue. It is 102 km (63 mi) north of the Arctic Circle. Noatak village lies near the western boundary of the 6.6-million acre (270,000 km) Noatak National Preserve and is the only settlement on the over-400-mile (640 km) long Noatak River.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 12.2 square miles (32 km), of which, 11.6 square miles (30 km) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km) of it (5.40%) is water.
Noatak first appeared on the 1880 U.S. Census as an unincorporated Inuit village of “Noatagamute.” All 400 of its residents were Inuit. It did not return again until 1910, this time as Noatak. It has returned on every successive census to date. It was made a census-designated place (CDP) in 1980.
As of the census of 2000, there were 428 people, 100 households, and 90 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 37.0 people per square mile (14.3/km²). There were 106 housing units at an average density of 9.2/sq mi (3.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 3.74% White, 0.23% Black or African American, 93.69% Native American, and 2.34% from two or more races. 0.23% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 100 households out of which 69.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.0% were married couples living together, 22.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 10.0% were non-families. 9.0% of all households were made up of individuals and none had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.28 and the average family size was 4.51.
In the CDP, the population was spread out with 42.5% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 12.9% from 45 to 64, and 5.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 23 years. For every 100 females, there were 104.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 108.5 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $30,833, and the median income for a family was $31,667. Males had a median income of $25,833 versus $21,250 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $9,659. About 25.0% of families and 22.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.9% of those under age 18 and 13.6% of those age 65 or over.
Noatak Alaska neighborhoods include: Anchorage, Anchor Point, Chiniak, Chugiak, Clam Gulch, Cooper Landing, Delta Junction, Douglas, Eagle River, Eielson Afb, Elmendorf Afb, Fairbanks, Fort Richardson, Girdwood, Haines, Homer, Indian, Juneau, Kasilof, Kenai, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Metlakatla, Moose Pass, Nikolaevsk, Ninilchik, North Pole, Salcha, Seward, Sitka, Soldotna, Sterling, Tyonek, Wasilla