Upper Kalskag is a city in Bethel Census Area, Alaska, United States. It is thirty miles west of Aniak. At the 2010 census the population was 210, down from 230 in 2000.
Upper Kalskag is located at 61°32′15″N 160°18′58″W / 61.53750°N 160.31611°W / 61.53750; -160.31611 (61.537440, -160.316070).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.1 square miles (11 km), of which, 3.8 square miles (9.8 km) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km) of it (8.47%) is water.
Upper Kalskag, referred to by the locals as just “Upper”, is linked to Lower Kalskag (Lower) by a single two mile maintained gravel/dirt road.
Upper Kalskag is accessible only by small plane, boat, and automobile via the river “ice road” (Winter only). The ice road is constructed each winter from Aniak to Bethel by drilling and marking holes in the ice every 100 yards and subsequently marking and plowing a route on the river where the ice depth is sufficient.
Upper Kalskag first reported on the 1940 U.S. Census erroneously as the unincorporated village of “Old Kalskag.” The population was 70 instead of 76, while the population accredited to Upper Kalskag (then called “Kalskag”) was actually for Lower Kalskag. It would continue to report as Kalskag on the census until it formally incorporate as Upper Kalskag in 1975.
As of the census of 2000, there were 230 people, 62 households, and 44 families residing in the city. The population density was 60.8 people per square mile (23.5/km²). There were 66 housing units at an average density of 17.5 per square mile (6.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 8.70% White, 0.43% Black or African American, 85.65% Native American, and 5.22% from two or more races.
There were 62 households out of which 56.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.1% were married couples living together, 16.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.0% were non-families. 24.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.71 and the average family size was 4.55.
In the city, the population was spread out with 43.9% under the age of 18, 10.4% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 12.6% from 45 to 64, and 6.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 22 years. For every 100 females, there were 103.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 111.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $28,333, and the median income for a family was $32,708. Males had a median income of $16,667 versus $20,938 for females. The per capita income for the city was $7,859. About 24.5% of families and 24.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.4% of those under the age of eighteen and 5.3% of those sixty five or over.
Upper Kalskag 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