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Point Lay Travel Guide, Alaska

Point Lay is one of the many villages of the United States that have quickly started to move towards modernization in the last decades. This village does not have its own municipality but on the other hand it does resemble an incorporated settlement (which means that it is a self governing settlement).

Point Lay Travel Guide - Geography

This tiny village is located on the sides of Chukchi Sea. The total area of this small village is around 89 square kilometers of which around 79 square kilometers is land and the rest (11.7 percent) is water.

Kasegaluk Lagoon happens to be a coastal lagoon which is located on the western side of North Slop in Alaska. Many barrier islands separate this lagoon from the Chukchi Sea. At one time Point Lay was also a barrier island for this Kasegaluk Lagoon but it was during the 1970s that it was moved to the mouth of River Kokolik. This is when it lost the designation of being the barrier island for Kasegaluk Lagoon.

Point Lay Travel Guide - Demographics

As per the census of 2000 the population of this small village was 247 inhabitants that were living in around 61 homes. There were only 45 families when this survey was conducted. This reflects that the village isn’t heavily crowded. Its population density was around 8 inhabitants per square kilometer.

Around 11 percent of the total population is White, around 83 percent are Native Americans, around 0.5 percent Asian, and others are from different races that had migrated to this village. The per capita income for the inhabitants of Point Lay was around $18000 which is much better than the per capita income of many established towns of the United States thus reflecting the strong economy of Point Lay.

Point Lay Travel Guide - Annual Events

During the month of July the fire department runs a parade through the village which has become an important annual event for Point Lay. Also, an annual hunting festival of whales in Kasegaluk Lagoon is organized every year in this village.

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