Skwentna (Alaska)


Skwentna is a census -designated place (CDP ) in Matanuska- Susitna Borough in Alaska in the United States. The area lies on the southern bank of the River Skwentna 70 air miles northwest of Anchorage in Yentna River Valley.


The area of present-day CDPs Skwentna centuries was inhabited by natives of the Dena'ina Athabaskan -. 1908 built the Alaska Road Commission a road from Seward to Nome, led by Old Skwentna from the Susitna River as far as Rainy Pass. Prospectors, trappers and Indians used this road often with sledge dogs to transport goods to Innoko - mining area. A post office in 1937 took on the operation. After the Second World War airstrip was built and in 1950 established the U.S. Navy a radar station and a recreational camp in the area. In the 1960s building under state ownership land was released for settlement.


At the time of the census in 2000 ( U.S. Census 2000) had Skwentna CDP 111 inhabitants on a land area of ​​1146.9 km ². The average age was 44.6 years ( national U.S. average: 35.3 years ). The per capita income ( per capita income engl. ) amounted to U.S. $ 23 994 ( U.S. National Average: U.S. $ 21,587 ). 5.8 % of residents were with their income below the poverty line ( national U.S. average: 12.4% ) .11,7 % of the population is of Irish and German descent 10.8%.


Job opportunities offer local Lodges, post office and the airstrip. The area is not accessible from the public road system. The inhabitants are dependent on air transport and snow vehicles. A public airstrip is available. A private airstrip and vessels are located at the Alexander Lake.