Village Name: McGrath 

(Part of the I AM Radio Network) 


Status: Installed 


Location Description: McGrath is located 221 miles northwest of Anchorage and 269 miles southwest of Fairbanks in Interior Alaska. It is adjacent to the Kuskokwim River directly south of its confluence with the Takotna River. The community lies at approximately 62.956390° North Latitude and -155.595830° (West) Longitude. (Sec. 18, T033N, R033W, Seward Meridian.) The area encompasses 48.9 sq. miles of land and 5.7 sq. miles of water. 


Climate: The McGrath area has a cold, continental climate. Average summer temperatures range from 62 to 80, winters temperatures can range from -64 to 0. Precipitation is light, averaging 10 inches per year, including an average snowfall of 86 inches. The Kuskokwim River is generally ice-free from June through October. 





Winter Trails: -50 miles from Nikolai, 20 miles from Takotna 

Runway: State-owned 5,435' long by 150' wide 



Closest Major River: Kuskokwim River


Demographics: The population of the community consists of 54.6% Alaska Native or part Native. Slightly more than half of the population are Athabascans and Eskimos. As a regional center, McGrath offers a variety of employment opportunities, but subsistence remains an important part of the local culture. About 10 families in town have dog teams which they enter into the Iditarod, Kuskokwim 300, and Mail Trail 200 sled dog races. During the 2000 U.S. Census, total housing units numbered 213, and vacant housing units numbered 68. Vacant housing units used only seasonally numbered 14. U.S. Census data for Year 2000 showed 206 residents as employed. The unemployment rate at that time was 10.43 percent, although 27.97 percent of all adults were not in the work force. The median household income was $43,056, per capita income was $21,553, and 9.8 percent of residents were living below the poverty level 


Power Source: McGrath Light & Power, P.O.Box 52, 99627, 524-3391 


Local Government Offices: City of McGrath, P.O.Box 30, 99627, 524-3825 

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