Susitna North is a census-designated place (CDP) in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. It is part of the Anchorage, Alaska Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,260 at the 2010 census, up from 956 in 2000. The CDP was formerly named Y /ˈwaɪ/, for the intersection of the George Parks Highway and the Talkeetna Spur Road. In the immediate vicinity of this intersection is a community center of sorts, containing a health clinic, law enforcement (Alaska State Troopers), Susitna Valley High School and retail services for highway travelers such as gasoline and food.
Y is located at 62°2′12″N 149°59′14″W / 62.03667°N 149.98722°W / 62.03667; -149.98722 (62.154270, -149.79892) (Sec. 22, T024N, R003W, Seward Meridian) in the Palmer Recording District.
Y is the developed area between Willow and Talkeetna along the George Parks Highway. The Parks Highway and Talkeetna Spur Road form what is locally known as the “Talkeetna Y” at mile 98.7 (km 158.8) of the Parks Highway. Y includes Montana Creek and Sunshine. January temperatures range from −40 to 51 °F (−40 to 11 °C); July can range from 26 to 90 °F (−3 to 32 °C). Precipitation ranges from 14 to 29 inches (36 to 74 cm), with 48–70 inches (120–180 cm) of snowfall.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 336.5 square miles (872 km), of which, 333.4 square miles (864 km) of it is land and 3.1 square miles (8.0 km) of it (0.92%) is water.
Susitna North first appeared on the 1960 U.S. Census as the unincorporated village of “Montana.” Montana was made a census-designated place (CDP) in 1980. It was dissolved in 1990. In 2000, the new CDP of “Y” was created. As of 2010, the name was changed to the present Susitna North.
As of the census of 2000, there were 956 people, 412 households, and 252 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2.9 people per square mile (1.1/km). There were 818 housing units at an average density of 2.5/sq mi (0.9/km). The racial makeup of the CDP was 85.88% White, 0.63% Black or African American, 6.59% Native American, 0.63% Asian, 0.84% from other races, and 5.44% from two or more races. 2.30% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 412 households out of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.6% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.6% were non-families. 32.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.90.
In the CDP, the population was spread out with 24.8% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 29.4% from 25 to 44, 32.0% from 45 to 64, and 8.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 117.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 118.5 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $31,848, and the median income for a family was $38,304. Males had a median income of $54,500 versus $35,625 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $15,437. About 9.5% of families and 17.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.4% of those under age 18 and 13.2% of those age 65 or over.
Susitna North 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