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Slana (/'slænə/) (Stl’ana’ in Ahtna) is a census-designated place (CDP) in the Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the Unorganized Borough of the U.S. state of Alaska. As of the 2000 census, the population of the CDP was 124.

Slana is an Alaska Native village name, derived from the river's name. The Nabesna Mine opened in 1923, which employed 60 people at its height. Over thirty different minerals were extracted from this site, although gold was the primary source of profit. It operated sporadically through the late 1940s. Slana developed rapidly in the 1980s when homesteads were offered for settlement by the federal government.

Slana is located at 62°42'25″N 143°57'40″W / 62.70694°N 143.96111°W / 62.70694; -143.96111Coordinates: 62°42'25″N 143°57'40″W / 62.70694°N 143.96111°W / 62.70694; -143.96111 (Sec. 29, T011N, R008E, Copper River Meridian) in the Chitina Recording District.

Slana stretches along the Nabesna Road, which runs south of the Tok Cut-Off at mile 63 (km). It lies at the junction of the Slana and Copper rivers, 85 kilometers (53) southwest of Tok. Slana experiences a continental climate, with long, cold winters, and relatively warm summers. Temperature extremes range from -52.2°C (-62°F) to 32.7°C (91°F). Snowfall averages 1.5 meters (61), with total precipitation of 33 centimeters (13) per year.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 253.8 square miles (6572), of which, 252.9 square miles (6552) of it is land and 0.9 square miles (2.32) of it (0.37%) is water.

As of the census of 2000, there were 124 people, 62 households, and 31 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 0.5 people per square mile (0.2/km²). There were 193 housing units at an average density of 0.8/sqmi (0.3/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 80.65% White, 13.71% Native American, 0.81% Asian, 2.42% from other races, and 2.42% from two or more races.

There were 62 households out of which 14.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.5% were married couples living together, 3.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 50.0% were non-families. 43.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.00 and the average family size was 2.74.

In the CDP the age distribution of the population shows 20.2% under the age of 18, 1.6% from 18 to 24, 21.8% from 25 to 44, 41.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 129.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 147.5 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $19,583, and the median income for a family was $57,917. Males had a median income of $46,250 versus $31,250 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $20,018. There were 20.0% of families and 23.5% of the population living below the poverty line, including 62.5% of under eighteens and 14.3% of those over 64.

Slana has road access to the statewide system by the Glenn and Richardson Highways. Individual adjacent lots have no roads and owners must hike through other's private property. The nearest public airstrip is south, at Chistochina. A 900' gravel private airstrip has been constructed at Duffy's Tavern. An update on this is at the Duffy’s Alaska website.

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