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Current Population:     367   (2011 DCCED certified estimate)

Incorporation Type:     2nd Class City

Located In:                   Bethel Census Area

Taxes:                          Sales: None, Property: None, Special: None




Location and Climate

Akiak is located on the west bank of the Kuskokwim River, 42 air miles northeast of Bethel, on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The community lies at approximately 60.912220° North Latitude and -161.213890° West Longitude.  (Sec. 32, T010N, R067W, Seward Meridian.)   Akiak is located in the Bethel Recording District.  The area encompasses 2.0 sq. miles of land and 1.1 sq. miles of water.

Precipitation averages 16 inches in this area, with average annual snowfall of 50 inches. Summer temperatures range from 42 to 62 °F. Winter temperatures range from -2 to 19 °F.


History, Culture and Demographics

In 1880, the village of "Ackiagmute" had a population of 175. The name Akiak means "the other side," since this place was a crossing to the Yukon River basin during the winter for area Eskimos. The Akiak Post Office was established in 1916. A U.S. Public Health Service hospital was built in the 1920s. The city was incorporated in 1970.

A federally-recognized tribe is located in the community -- the Akiak Native Community. Akiak is a Yup'ik Eskimo village with a reliance on subsistence and fishing activities. The sale and importation of alcohol is banned in the village.

According to Census 2010, there were 98 housing units in the community and 90 were occupied. Its population was 92.8 percent American Indian or Alaska Native; 5.2 percent white; 2 percent of the local residents had multi-racial backgrounds. Additionally, 0.3 percent of the population was of Hispanic decent.


Facilities, Utilities, Schools and Health Care

The school and clinic are connected directly to the water plant. Individual wells, septic systems, and plumbing were installed in 14 HUD homes in 1997. Electricity is provided by City of Akiak. There is one school located in the community,  attended by 106 students. Local hospitals or health clinics include Edith Kawagley Memorial Clinic.  Edith Kawagley Memorial Clinic is a Primary Health Care facility with river and air access.



The majority of the year-round employment in Akiak is with the city, school, or other public services. Commercial fishing and BLM firefighting also provide seasonal income. In 2011, 15 residents held commercial fishing permits. The community is interested in developing a fish processing plant and tourism. Subsistence activities are important to residents.

The 2006-2010 American Community Survey (ACS) estimated 1051 residents as employed. The public sector employed 25.7%1 of all workers. The local unemployment rate was 23.9%1. The percentage of workers not in labor force was 28.9%1. The ACS surveys established that average median household income (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) was $35,833 (MOE +/-$5,485)1. The per capita income (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) was $13,400 (MOE +/-$3,036)1. About 21.9%1 of all residents had incomes below the poverty level. 




Akiak has a state-owned airport with a gravel runway in good condition; it measures 3,196' long by 75' wide, at an elevation of 30'. The strip provides chartered or private air access year-round. Several air carriers offer passenger flight service. Snow machines, ATVs, and skiffs are used extensively for local transportation to nearby villages. There are no docking facilities.

Organizations with Local Offices

City - City of Akiak
P.O. Box 52028
Akiak, AK 99552
Phone 907-765-7411
Fax 907-765-7414

Electric Utility - City of Akiak
P.O. Box 52028
Akiak, AK 99552
Phone 907-765-7512
Fax 907-765-7414

Tribe - federally recognized - Akiak Native Community
P.O. Box 52127
Akiak, AK 99552
Phone 907-765-7112
Fax 907-765-7512

Village Corporation - Kokarmuit Corporation
P.O. Box 147
Akiak, AK 99552
Phone 907-765-7228
Fax 907-765-7619



Regional Organizations

School District - Yupiit School District
PO Box 51190
Akiachak, AK 99551-0190
Phone 907-825-3600
Fax 907-825-3655

Regional Native Corporation - Calista Corporation
301 Calista Court # A
Anchorage, AK 99518-3000
Phone 907-279-5516
Fax 907-272-5060

Regional Native Health Corporation - Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation
P.O. Box 528
Bethel, AK 99559
Phone 907-543-6020
Fax 907-543-6006

Regional Native Non-Profit - Association of Village Council Presidents
P.O. Box 219
Bethel, AK 99559
Phone 907-543-3521
Fax 907-543-3596

Native Housing Authority - AVCP Regional Housing Authority
P.O. Box 767
Bethel, AK 99559
Phone 907-543-3121
Fax 907-543-3933

Regional Development - Lower Kuskokwim Economic Development Council
P.O. Box 2021
Bethel,  99559
Phone 907-543-5967
Fax 907-543-3130


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