Aleutians West Census Area

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Aleutians West Census Area, Alaska

Southwest of Alaska Peninsula, from the Andreanof Islands in east to the Near Islands in west; bounded on north by Bering Sea and on south and east by Pacific Ocean. Name Origin: Adjective form of Aleut, the natives of the Aleutian Islands. Originally called the Aleutian Islands Census Area; name officially changed Jan 1, 1990.

Area (sq mi):: 14116.51 (land 4396.77; water 9719.74) Population per square mile: 1.20
Population 2005: 5,382 State rank: 19 Population change: 2000-20005 -1.50%; 1990-2000 -42.30% Population 2000: 5,465 (White 37.70%; Black or African American 3.00%; Hispanic or Latino 10.50%; Asian 24.60%; Other 32.40%). Foreign born: 21.50%. Median age: 36.10
Income 2000: per capita $24,037; median household $61,406; Population below poverty level: 11.90% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $21,057-$25,885
Unemployment (2004): 6.60% Unemployment change (from 2000): -2.60% Median travel time to work: 11.30 minutes Working outside county of residence: 7.60%

Cities with population over 10,000: None

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For example, the population of Aleutians West Census Area has been on a downward trend, "It grew from the '70s to the '80s, had a spike in the '80s (from the building of the now-closed Adak Naval Air Station) and came back down," Shanks says.
In fact, the Aleutians West Census Area is the third-largest nonresident work force in the state, with 65 percent of the workers in private-sector employment being classified as nonresidents.