Population, Race and Ethnicity
White Mountain is a city in Nome Census Area, Alaska, with a population of 186. According to the most recent estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, 8.60% of residents identify as white, 0.00% as Black or African American, 90.30% as American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.00% as Asian, 0.00% as Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 0.00% as Hispanic or Latino, and 1.10% as some other race or combination of races.
Nationally, some 61.1% of Americans identify as white, 12.3% as Black or African American, 0.7% as American Indian or Alaska Native, 5.4% as Asian, 0.2% as Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 17.8% as Hispanic or Latino, and 2.6% as some other race or combination of races.
The population of White Mountain is younger than the United States as a whole. The median age is 29.8 years, 8.1 years less than the national median age of 37.9 years. An estimated 8.10% of the population is 65 years and over, compared to 15.2% of the U.S. population.
Family and household composition
Family and household composition also varies heavily across the United States. In White Mountain, 16.90% of households are occupied by married-couple families, compared to the 48.3% national figure. Some 9.60% of households are occupied by single male householders, 36.10% by single female householders, and 37.30% by non-family occupants. Nationwide, 4.9% of households are occupied by single male householders, 12.6% by single female householders, and 34.3% by non-family occupants. An estimated 57.80% of heads of household own their homes, compared to the national homeownership rate of 63.8%.
English is by far the most commonly spoken language in Alaska and across the U.S. as a whole. Similarly, in White Mountain, 99.4% of local residents aged 5 and up speak English exclusively, or, if they are multilingual, speak English very well. For context, 95.1% of the 5 and older population across Alaska only speaks English, or speak it very well, and 91.5% of the same age group nationwide do.
Residents of White Mountain are less likely than the typical American to be married. Of all local residents aged 15 and older, 16.9% are currently married, compared to 48.1% of Americans nationwide in the same age group. Across Alaska as a whole, 48.9% of residents 15 and older are married.
Divorce is more common in White Mountain than it is across the U.S. as a whole. According to Census estimates, 12% of residents 15 and older are divorced — compared to 10.8% of the U.S. population in the same age group. In Alaska, 11.6% of the 15 and older population is divorced.
An estimated 52.8% of White Mountain residents 15 and older have never married, compared to one-third of all Americans in the same age group.
In White Mountain, 11.2% of the 18 and older civilian population are veterans — compared to 7.5% of adult civilians nationwide and 12.6% of the civilian population in all of Alaska.
In White Mountain, adults are less likely to have a high school education than the typical American adult, and are less likely to have a four-year college education. Among White Mountain residents 25 and older, 84.10% have a high school diploma or equivalent, and 9.70% have a bachelor's degree or higher, compared to 87.7% and 31.5% of adults nationwide, respectively. Across Alaska, 92.7% of adults have graduated high school, and 29.2 have a bachelor’s degree.
The typical household in White Mountain earns $51,875 a year, about $8,400 less than the national median of $60,293 and $24,800 less than the median household income across the state of $76,715.
Serious financial hardship is more common in White Mountain than it is nationwide. The local poverty rate stands at 25.80%, while the national poverty rate is 14.1%. Across the state as a whole, 10.8% of the population lives below the poverty line.
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