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Current Population:              48   (2011 Alaska Department of Labor Estimate)

Incorporation Type:              Unincorporated

Located In:                           Kodiak Island Borough

Taxes:                                   Sales: None, Property: 11.27 mills (Borough); excludes service area taxes, Special: 5% Bed Tax (Borough); 1.05% Severance Tax (Borough)




Location and Climate

Aleneva is located on the southern coast of Afognak Island, north of Kodiak Island. It is on the coast of Raspberry Strait, across from Little Raspberry Island. The community lies at approximately 58.014180° North Latitude and -152.909440° West Longitude.  (Sec. 18, T025S, R022W, Seward Meridan.)   Aleneva is located in the Kodiak Recording District.

The Kodiak Archipelago is warmed by the Japanese current. The climate is similar to Southeast Alaska, with less precipitation. January temperatures range from 14 to 46 °f Fahrenheit. July temperatures range from 39 to 76 °F. Average annual rainfall is 74 inches.


History, Culture and Demographics

The Census of 1890 noted a series of settlements along the beach, including Rutkovsky village, a group of retired employees of the Russian American Company. A post office was maintained intermittently from 1888 to 1958. The Good Friday Earthquake of 1964 generated a tsunami, which destroyed the village. A new community was constructed on the northeast coast of Kodiak Island, called Port Lions, and the residents of Afognak moved there permanently in December 1964. Aleneva is currently a settlement of "Russian Old Believers," whose ancestors settled in Woodburn, Oregon, after the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 forced them out of Russia. The first Old Believer settlers in Alaska received a grant from the Tolstoy Foundation in New York and purchased land on the Kenai Peninsula in 1967. Russian Old Believers have established various other settlements in Alaska, including Aleneva.

The Old Believers in this area lead a family-oriented and self-sufficient lifestyle. They use modern utilities and engage in subsistence activities. Families are typically very large. Traditional clothing is worn, and Russian is the first language.

According to Census 2010, there were 18 housing units in the community and 9 were occupied. 100 percent white;


Facilities, Utilities, Schools and Health Care

There are no public facilities or services on the island. Electricity is provided by Individual Generators. There are schools located in the community,



There are a few small logging camps on Afognak Island. The economy is based on commercial fishing and subsistence activities.

The 2006-2010 American Community Survey (ACS) estimated zero1 residents as employed. 




Transportation is provided by float plane from Kodiak.

Organizations with Local Offices



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

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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