Buffalo Soapstone, AK

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Population

852

1.91% growth

Median Age

38.2


Median Household Income

$62,115

7.73% decline

Poverty Rate

9.39%


Number of Employees

343

7.05% decline

Median Property Value

$189,100

3.96% growth

About

In 2017, Buffalo Soapstone, AK had a population of 852 people with a median age of 38.2 and a median household income of $62,115. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Buffalo Soapstone, AK grew from 836 to 852, a 1.91% increase and its median household income declined from $67,321 to $62,115, a -7.73% decrease.

The population of Buffalo Soapstone, AK is 82.2% White Alone, 14% Two or More Races, and 2% Hispanic or Latino. 8.02% of the people in Buffalo Soapstone, AK speak a non-English language, and 99.4% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Buffalo Soapstone, AK is $189,100, and the homeownership rate is 90%. Most people in Buffalo Soapstone, AK commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 38 minutes. The average car ownership in Buffalo Soapstone, AK is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Buffalo Soapstone, AK employs 343 people. The largest industries in Buffalo Soapstone, AK are Construction (70 people), Transportation & Warehousing (56 people), and Retail Trade (39 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($101,250), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($101,250), and Public Administration ($90,313).

Median household income in Buffalo Soapstone, AK is $62,115. Males in Buffalo Soapstone, AK have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $50,667. The income inequality in Buffalo Soapstone, AK (measured using the Gini index) is 0.436, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$62,115

2017 value

± $10,228

-7.73%

1 Year Growth

± 21.3%

Households in Buffalo Soapstone, AK have a median annual income of $62,115, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $67,321 in 2016, which represents a -7.73% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$68,424

Average Male Salary

± $3,558

$50,667

Average Female Salary

± $2,680

In 2017, full-time male employees in Buffalo Soapstone, AK made 1.35 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. White

    $59,757 ± $2,775

  2. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races

    $46,641 ± $19,678

  3. Black

    $45,507 ± $11,416

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Buffalo Soapstone, AK workers was White. These workers were paid 1.28 times more than American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Buffalo Soapstone, AK is from Alaska.

0.436

2017 Wage GINI

0.436

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Alaska was 0.436 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.191% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Alaska was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Alaska in comparison to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. N/A

  2. N/A

  3. N/A

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Buffalo Soapstone, AK was N/A with a value of N/A, followed by N/A and N/A, with respective values of N/A and N/A.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

9.39% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Buffalo Soapstone, AK (80 out of 852 people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Males 45 - 54 and then Males < 5.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    54 ± 44

  2. Two Or More

    24 ± 44

  3. Native American

    2 ± 45

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Buffalo Soapstone, AK is White, followed by Two Or More and Native American.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

343

2017 Value

± 73

-7.05%

1 Year decline

± 30.8%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Buffalo Soapstone, AK declined at a rate of -7.05%, from 369 employees to 343 employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Buffalo Soapstone, AK, are Transportation Occupations (59 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (40 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (40 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Buffalo Soapstone, AK.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Buffalo Soapstone, AK, by number of employees, are Transportation Occupations (59 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (40 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (40 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Buffalo Soapstone, AK has an unusually high number of residents working as Transportation Occupations (4.72 times higher than expected), Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (3.39 times), and Health Technologists & Technicians (2.48 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Buffalo Soapstone, AK, by median earnings, are Management Occupations ($122,639), Management, Business, & Financial Occupations ($90,938), and Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations ($90,625).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

343

2017 Value

± 73

-7.05%

1 Year decline

± 30.8%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Buffalo Soapstone, AK declined at a rate of -7.05%, from 369 employees to 343 employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Buffalo Soapstone, AK, are Construction (70 people), Transportation & Warehousing (56 people), and Retail Trade (39 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Buffalo Soapstone, AK, though some of these residents may live in Buffalo Soapstone, AK and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Buffalo Soapstone, AK, by number of employees, are Construction (70 people), Transportation & Warehousing (56 people), and Retail Trade (39 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Buffalo Soapstone, AK has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (7.55 times higher than expected), Transportation & Warehousing (3.83 times), and Construction (3.26 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Buffalo Soapstone, AK, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($101,250), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($101,250), and Public Administration ($90,313).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Alaska to other states, or from other states to Alaska.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $40.8B

  2. $4.7B

  3. $3.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Alaska product (by dollars) was Crude petroleum with $40.8B, followed by Gasoline with $4.7B and Fuel oils and $3.1B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Alaska products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$64.6B

2015 Value

$74.6B

Projected 2045 Value

15.5% growth

In 2015, total outbound Alaska trade was $64.6B. This is expected to increase 15.5% to $74.6B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Alaska trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Alaska to other states, or from other states to Alaska.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $17.7B

  2. $7.35B

  3. $1.53B

In 2015, the top outbound Alaska domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was California with $17.7B, followed by Washington with $7.35B and Utah and $1.53B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Alaska shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

77.2% of the population of Buffalo Soapstone, AK has health coverage, with 33.3% on employee plans, 19.2% on Medicaid, 7.56% on Medicare, 15% on non-group plans, and 2.13% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Buffalo Soapstone, AK was $11,064 in 2014. This is a 6.1% increase from the previous year ($10,428).

Primary care physicians in Buffalo Soapstone, AK see 1131 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.25% decrease from the previous year (1157 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1045 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 281 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Ketchikan Gateway Borough and Wrangell City and Borough have the highest prevalence of diabetes (9.4%). Additionally, Aleutians West Census Area has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (40.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1131 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Alaska see an average of 1131 patients per year. This represents a 2.25% decrease from the previous year (1157 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$11,064

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,958

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$12,001

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,288

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Alaska (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 6.1%, from $10,428 to $11,064.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

22.8%

Uninsured

33.3%

Employer Coverage

19.2%

Medicaid

7.56%

Medicare

15%

Non-Group

2.13%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Buffalo Soapstone, AK grew by 1.26% from 22.5% to 22.8%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Buffalo Soapstone, AK changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 9.4% prevalence

  2. 9.4% prevalence

  3. 9.1% prevalence

Ketchikan Gateway Borough and Wrangell City and Borough have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Alaska, at 9.4%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Alaska by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Buffalo Soapstone, AK is home to a population of 852 people, from which 99.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 0.939% of Buffalo Soapstone, AK residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Buffalo Soapstone, AK is composed of 700 White Alone residents (82.2%), 119 Two or More Races residents (14%), 17 Hispanic or Latino residents (2%), 14 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (1.64%), 2 Asian Alone residents (0.235%), 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%), 0 Black or African American Alone residents (0%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Buffalo Soapstone, AK are Spanish or Spanish Creole (39 speakers), German (10 speakers), and Urdu (7 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

38

Median Native-Born Age

± 7.4

44

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 22.4

In 2017, the median age of all people in Buffalo Soapstone, AK was 38.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 44. But people in Buffalo Soapstone, AK are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Buffalo Soapstone, AK residents was 36.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.939%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.08%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 0.939% of Buffalo Soapstone, AK residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Buffalo Soapstone, AK was 1.08%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Philippines

    17,951 ± 3,249 people

  2. Korea

    4,417 ± 1,627 people

  3. Mexico

    3,317 ± 1,411 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Buffalo Soapstone, AK was Philippines, the natal country of 17,951 Buffalo Soapstone, AK residents, followed by Korea with 4,417 and Mexico with 3,317.

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Citizenship

99.4%

2017 Citizenship

99.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.4% of Buffalo Soapstone, AK residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Buffalo Soapstone, AK was 99.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    700 ± 160

  2. Two or More Races

    119 ± 61.7

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    17 ± 26.2

In 2017, there were 5.88 times more White Alone residents (700 people) in Buffalo Soapstone, AK than any other race or ethnicity. There were 119 Two or More Races and 17 Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    39 speakers (5.05%)

  2. German

    10 speakers (1.29%)

  3. Urdu

    7 speakers (0.906%)

8.02% of Buffalo Soapstone, AK citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Buffalo Soapstone, AK was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 5.05% of the overall population of Buffalo Soapstone, AK are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 1.29% speak German and 0.906% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Gulf War (2001-)

    21 ± 16

  2. Vietnam

    16 ± 15

  3. Korea

    8 ± 9

Buffalo Soapstone, AK has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.31 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Buffalo Soapstone, AK was $189,100 in 2017, which is 0.869 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $181,900 to $189,100, a 3.96% increase. The homeownership rate in Buffalo Soapstone, AK is 90%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Buffalo Soapstone, AK have an average commute time of 38 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Buffalo Soapstone, AK is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$62,115

Median Household Income

± $10,228

290

Number of Households

± 55

In 2017, the median household income of the 290 households in Buffalo Soapstone, AK declined from $62,115 from the previous year's value of $67,321.

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Housing

Property Value

$189,100

2017 Median

± $29,902

$181,900

2016 Median

± $19,735

In 2017, the median property value in Buffalo Soapstone, AK grew to to $189,100 from the previous year's value of $181,900.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Buffalo Soapstone, AK compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Buffalo Soapstone, AK the largest share of households have a property value in the $250k - $300k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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Rent vs Own

90%

2017 Homeownership

93%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 90% of the housing units in Buffalo Soapstone, AK were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 93%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Buffalo Soapstone, AK compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Buffalo Soapstone, AK distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Buffalo Soapstone, AK have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

38 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Buffalo Soapstone, AK have a longer commute time (38 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 4.01% of the workforce in Buffalo Soapstone, AK have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    65.9%

  2. Carpooled

    20.7%

  3. Other

    6.59%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Buffalo Soapstone, AK was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Other.

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