Boating, Fishing, and Travel Information for Goodnews Bay, AK
Goodnews Bay first reported on the 1880 U.S. Census as the unincorporated Inuit village of “Mumtrahamute” with 162 residents. It reported on the 1890 census as “Mumtrahamiut”, again returning with an unchanged 162 residents. It was next reported in 1920 as “Mumtrakmut.” In 1926, platinum was discovered in the region around Goodnews Bay and was mined by the Goodnews Bay Mining Company until 1979. It was next reported in 1940 as “Good News Bay.” It returned in 1950 as “Mumtrak.” From 1960-70, it also returned as Mumtrak with the alternative name of Goodnews Bay. It was formally incorporated in 1970 as Goodnews Bay and has returned as such since 1980.
As of the census of 2000, there were 230 people, 71 households, and 47 families residing in the city. The population density was 72.6 inhabitants per square mile (28.0/km2). There were 87 housing units at an average density of 27.5 per square mile (10.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 5.65% White, 92.61% Native American, and 1.74% from two or more races. There were 71 households, out of which 45.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.0% were married couples living together, 23.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.4% were non-families. 32.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.24 and the average family size was 4.04.
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