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Current Population:   1,040   (2011 DCCED certifed estimate)

Incorporation Type:  2nd Class City

Located In: Aleutians East Borough

Taxes: Sales: 1%, Property: None, Special: 1.0% Raw Fish Tax (city); 2.0% Raw Fish Tax (borough portion)




Location and Climate

Akutan is located on Akutan Island in the eastern Aleutians, one of the Krenitzin Islands of the Fox Island group. It is 35 miles east of Unalaska and 766 air miles southwest of Anchorage. The community lies at approximately 54.135560° North Latitude and -165.773060° West Longitude. (Sec. 11, T070S, R112W, Seward Meridian.)   Akutan is located in the Aleutian Islands Recording District.  The area encompasses 14.0 sq. miles of land and 4.9 sq. miles of water.

Akutan lies in the maritime climate zone, with mild winters and cool summers. Mean temperatures range from 22 to 55 °F. Precipitation averages 28 inches per year. High winds and storms are frequent in the winter, and fog is common in the summer.


History, Culture and Demographics

Akutan began in 1878 as a fur storage and trading port for the Western Fur & Trading Company. The company's agent established commercial cod fishing and processing business that quickly attracted nearby Unangans to the community. A Russian Orthodox church and a school were built in 1878. Alexander Nevsky Chapel was built in 1918 to replace the original structure. The Pacific Whaling Company built a whale processing station across the bay from Akutan in 1912. It was the only whaling station in the Aleutians and operated until 1939. After the Japanese attacked Unalaska in June 1942, the U.S. government evacuated Akutan residents to the Ketchikan area. The village was re-established in 1944, although many villagers chose not to return. This exposure to the outside world brought many changes to the traditional lifestyle and attitudes of the community. The city was incorporated in 1979.

A federally-recognized tribe is located in the community -- the Native Village of Akutan. Akutan is a fishing community and is the site of a traditional Unangan village. Approximately 75 persons are year-round residents; the majority of the population are transient fish processing workers who live in bunkhouses (group quarters).

According to Census 2010, there were 44 housing units in the community and 40 were occupied. Its population was 5.5 percent American Indian or Alaska Native; 23.3 percent white; 17.9 percent black; 43.3 percent Asian; 1.5 percent Pacific Islander; 4.7 percent of the local residents had multi-racial backgrounds. Additionally, 20.8 percent of the population was of Hispanic decent.


Facilities, Utilities, Schools and Health Care

Water is supplied by a local stream and dam, originally constructed in 1927. Water is treated and piped into all homes. Sewage is piped to a community septic tank, with effluent discharge through an ocean outfall. Refuse is collected and taken to the landfill. Trident Seafood’s operates its own water, sewer, and electric facilities. Electricity is provided by City of Akutan. There is one school located in the community,  attended by 8 students. Local hospitals or health clinics include Anesia Kudrin Memorial Clinic.  Anesia Kudrin Memorial Clinic is a Primary Health Care facility. The clinic is a qualified Emergency Care Center. Akutan is an isolated town/Sub-Regional Center it is part of the Southern EMS Region. Emergency Services have coastal and helicopter access. Emergency service is provided by volunteers and a health aide.  Auxiliary health care is provided by Akutan First Responders (907-698-2315/698-2208).



Commercial fish processing dominates Akutan's economy, and many locals are seasonally employed. Trident Seafoods operates a large processing plant for cod, crab, pollock, and fish meal west of the city. The population of Akutan swells during processing months. In 2011, 9 residents held commercial fishing permits, primarily for halibut and other groundfish. Subsistence foods include seal, salmon, herring, halibut, clams, wild cattle, and game birds.

The 2006-2010 American Community Survey (ACS) estimated 1,5161 residents as employed. The public sector employed 1.5%1 of all workers. The local unemployment rate was 2.8%1. The percentage of workers not in labor force was 1.8%1. The ACS surveys established that average median household income (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) was $34,375 (MOE +/-$5,029)1. The per capita income (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) was $22,099 (MOE +/-$1,062)1. About 11.4%1 of all residents had incomes below the poverty level. 




Boats and amphibious aircraft are the only means of transportation into Akutan. A 200 ft. dock and a small boat mooring basin are available. The state ferry operates from Kodiak bi-monthly between May and October. Cargo is delivered weekly by freighter from Seattle; the city owns and operates a landing craft. Akutan has no airstrip due to the steep terrain; however, a 10,000' by 1,000' seaplane base is available and open to the public. There is air service to nearby Unalaska. High waves may limit accessibility during winter months.

Organizations with Local Offices

City - City of Akutan
P.O. Box 109
Akutan, AK 99553
Phone Akutan: 907-698-2228; Anch.: 907-274-7565
Fax 907-698-2202

Electric Utility - City of Akutan
P.O. Box 109
Akutan, AK 99553
Phone 907-698-2228
Fax 907-698-2202

Tribe - federally recognized - Native Village of Akutan
P.O. Box 89
Akutan, AK 99553-0089
Phone 907-698-2300
Fax 907-698-2301

Village Corporation - The Akutan Corporation
P.O. Box 8
Akutan, AK 99553
Phone 907-698-2206
Fax 907-698-2207


Regional Organizations

School District - Aleutians East Borough School District
P.O. Box 429
Sand Point, AK 99661
Phone 907-383-5222
Fax 907-383-3496

Regional Native Health Corporation - Eastern Aleutian Tribes, Incorporated
3380 C Street, Suite 100
Anchorage, AK 99503-3949
Phone 907-277-1440
Fax 907-277-1446

Regional Native Non-Profit - Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Incorporated
1131 E. International Airport Rd.
Anchorage, AK 99518
Phone 907-276-2700
Fax 907-279-4351

Native Housing Authority - Aleutian Housing Authority
520 E. 32nd Ave
Anchorage, AK 99503
Phone 907-563-2146
Fax 907-563-3105

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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