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(AH-key-ock); includes Kaguyak (kuh-GUY-uck)


Current Population:     82   (2011 DCCED certified estimate)

Incorporation Type:     2nd Class City

Located In:                   Kodiak Island Borough

Taxes:                          Sales: None, Property: 10.75 mills (Borough) excludes service area taxes, Special: 1.05% Severance Tax; 5% Bed Tax (borough)




Location and Climate

Akhiok is located at the southern end of Kodiak Island at Alitak Bay. It lies 80 miles southwest of the City of Kodiak and 340 miles southwest of Anchorage. The community lies at approximately 56.945560° North Latitude and -154.170280° West Longitude.  (Sec. 28, T037S, R031W, Seward Meridian.)   Akhiok is located in the Kodiak Recording District.  The area encompasses 7.9 sq. miles of land and 2.5 sq. miles of water.

The climate of the Kodiak Islands is dominated by a strong marine influence. There is little or no freezing weather, moderate precipitation, and frequent cloud cover and fog. Severe storms are common from December through February. Annual precipitation is 35 inches. Temperatures remain within a narrow range, from 25 to 54 °F.


History, Culture and Demographics

The original village of Kashukugniut was occupied by Russians in the early 19th century. The community was originally a sea otter hunting settlement, located at Humpy Cove. The name Akhiok was reported in the 1880 Census. In 1881, residents relocated to the present site at Alitak Bay. The community's Russian Orthodox church, Protection of the Theotokos Chapel, was built around 1900 at the site of an earlier structure. A post office was established in 1933. Residents of nearby Kaguyak relocated to Akhiok after the 1964 earthquake and tsunami destroyed their village. The city was incorporated in 1972.

A federally-recognized tribe is located in the community -- the Native Village of Akhiok; Kodiak Island Inter-Tribal Council. Akhiok is an Alutiiq village dependent upon fishing and subsistence activities.

According to Census 2010, there were 27 housing units in the community and 19 were occupied. Its population was 50.7 percent American Indian or Alaska Native; 8.5 percent white; 1.4 percent black; 1.4 percent Asian; 38 percent of the local residents had multi-racial backgrounds. Additionally, 11.3 percent of the population was of Hispanic decent.


Facilities, Utilities, Schools and Health Care

Water is derived from a dam and reservoir on a small stream and is treated and stored. Akhiok provides a piped gravity water and sewer system that serves homes in the community. Electricity is provided by City of Akhiok. There is one school located in the community,  attended by 17 students. Local hospitals or health clinics include Akhiok Health Clinic.  Akhiok Medical Clinic is a Primary Health Care Facility. Akhiok is an isolated location. It is part of the Southern EMS Region. Emergency Services have coastal and air access. Emergency service is provided by volunteers and a health aide.  Auxiliary health care is provided by Akhiok Village Response Team (Clinic 907-836-2230).



Public sector employment and seasonal work provide cash flow in the community. Almost all of Akhiok's residents depend heavily on subsistence fishing and hunting. Salmon, crab, shrimp, clams, ducks, seal, deer, rabbit, and bear are utilized. In January 2003, each Akhiok shareholder received $200,000 from sales of a $36 million trust fund provided in the Exxon Valdez oil spill settlement. In 2011, six residents held commercial fishing permits. 

The 2006-2010 American Community Survey (ACS) estimated 361 residents as employed. The public sector employed 16.7%1 of all workers. The local unemployment rate was 7.7%1. The percentage of workers not in labor force was 37.1%1. The ACS surveys established that average median household income (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) was $23,182 (MOE +/-$10,150)1. The per capita income (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) was $12,614 (MOE +/-$10,089)1. About 7.1%1 of all residents had incomes below the poverty level. 




The city is accessible only by air and water. Island Air Service offers regular pasenger service. In addition, regular and charter flights are available from the City of Kodiak. There is a state-owned gravel runway 3,120' long by 50' wide and a seaplane base, owned by Columbia Ward Fisheries, at Moser Bay. Barge services are sporadic. A breakwater and boat launch are available.

Organizations with Local Offices

City - City of Akhiok
P.O. Box 5050
Akhiok, AK 99615
Phone 907-836-2229
Fax 907-836-2209

Electric Utility - City of Akhiok
P.O. Box 5050
Akhiok, AK 99615
Phone 907-836-2209
Fax 907-836-2209

Tribe - federally recognized - Native Village of Akhiok
P.O. Box 5030
Akhiok, AK 99615-5030
Phone 907-836-2313
Fax 907-836-2345

Tribe - federally recognized - Kaguyak Village
P.O. Box 5078
Akhiok, AK 99615
Phone 907-836-2322

Village Corporation - Ayakulik, Incorporated
3741 Richmond #5
Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone 907-279-7911
Fax 907-825-4115

Village Corporation - Akhiok-Kaguyak, Incorporated
1400 W. Benson Blvd. #425
Anchorage, AK 99503
Phone 907-258-0604
Fax 907-258-0608


Regional Organizations

School District - Kodiak Island Borough School District
722 Mill Bay Road
Kodiak, AK 99615
Phone 907-481-6200
Fax 907-481-6218

Regional Native Corporation - Koniag, Incorporated
4300 B. Street, Suite 407
Anchorage, AK 99503
Phone 907-561-2668
Fax 907-562-5258

Village Corporation - Koniag, Incorporated
194 Alimaq Drive
Kodiak, AK 99615
Phone 907-486-2530
Fax 907-486-3325

Regional Native Health Corporation - Kodiak Area Native Association
3449 E. Rezanof Drive
Kodiak, AK 99615
Phone 907-486-9800
Fax 907-486-9898

Native Housing Authority - Kodiak Island Housing Authority
3137 Mill Bay Road
Kodiak, AK 99615
Phone 907-486-8111
Fax 907-486-4432

Regional Development - Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference
3300 Arctic Blvd., Suite 203
Anchorage,  99503
Phone 907-562-7380
Fax 907-562-0438


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