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Current Population:              79   (2011 Alaska Department of Labor Estimate)

Incorporation Type:              2nd Class City

Located In:                           Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area

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




Location and Climate

Anvik is located in Interior Alaska on the Anvik River, west of the Yukon River, 34 miles north of Holy Cross. The community lies at approximately 62.656110° North Latitude and -160.206670° West Longitude.  (Sec. 29, T030N, R058W, Seward Meridian.)   Anvik is located in the Kuskokwim Recording District.  The area encompasses 9.5 sq. miles of land and 2.4 sq. miles of water.

The climate of Anvik is continental. Temperatures range from -60 to 87 °F. Total precipitation averages 21 inches per year, and snowfall averages 110 inches per year. The Yukon River is ice-free from June through October.


History, Culture and Demographics

Anvik has historically been an Ingalik Indian village. It has been known as American Station, Anvic, Anvick, Anvig, Anvig Station, and Anwig. The Russian Glazanov reported it as having100 people in 1834. Originally, it was on other side of the river to the northeast, at a place called "The Point." Residents gradually moved across the river with the establishment of an Episcopal mission and school in 1887. A post office opened in 1897. After the flu epidemic of 1918-19 and another in 1927, many orphans became wards of the mission. Some children came from as far away as Fort Yukon. Sternwheelers carried supplies to the village in the early 1920s. Some residents had contracts to cut wood for the sternwheeler's fuel, and fish and furs were sold to traders. The early 1930s brought the first arrival of a plane on skis. The city was incorporated in 1969.

A federally-recognized tribe is located in the community -- the Anvik Village. Subsistence and home gardening are actively pursued by the local Ingalik Athabascan Indians. Many families travel to fish camps during the summer. The sale of alcohol is banned in the community.

According to Census 2010, there were 46 housing units in the community and 33 were occupied. Its population was 92.9 percent American Indian or Alaska Native; 3.5 percent white; 3.5 percent of the local residents had multi-racial backgrounds.


Facilities, Utilities, Schools and Health Care

The majority of homes have new individual water wells, piped sewage disposal, and complete plumbing. Treated well water is also available at the washeteria. Funds have been requested to complete the remaining unserved homes. 13 homes need plumbing, 16 homes need a septic tank, and 4 new water wells need to be drilled. Blackwell School connected to the city water system when its own well went dry in 1999. The school has its own drainfield. Electricity is provided by AVEC. There is one school located in the community,  attended by 16 students. Local hospitals or health clinics include Anvik Health Clinic.  Anvik Health Clinic is a Primary Health facility with river and air access.



Anvik is characterized by a seasonal economy. Very few year-round wage-earning positions are available. Residents rely heavily on subsistence activities. In 2010, 11 residents held commercial fishing permits. The city provides services, such as fresh water, to fish processors. Subsistence foods include salmon, moose, black bear, and small game. Several residents trap or make handicrafts, and many families engage in home gardening.

The 2006-2010 American Community Survey (ACS) estimated 311 residents as employed. The public sector employed 16.1%1 of all workers. The local unemployment rate was 32.6%1. The percentage of workers not in labor force was 11.5%1. The ACS surveys established that average median household income (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) was $14,583 (MOE +/-$13,502)1. The per capita income (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) was $10,799 (MOE +/-$4,500)1. About 39.7%1 of all residents had incomes below the poverty level. 




The Anvik River, west of the Yukon, allows access during the summer by barge and float plane. The city would like to develop additional dock and harbor facilities. The state-owned 4,000' long by 75' wide, gravel airstrip provides year-round access. Three miles of local roads are used by 3-wheelers, snowmachines, and dog teams.

Organizations with Local Offices

City - City of Anvik
P.O. Box 50
Anvik, AK 99558
Phone 907-663-6328
Fax 907-663-6321

Electric Utility - Alaska Village Electric Cooperative
4831 Eagle St.
Anchorage, AK 99503
Phone 907-561-1818
Fax 907-562-4086
E-mail 907-562-4086

Tribe - federally recognized - Anvik Village
P.O. Box 10
Anvik, AK 99558
Phone 907-663-6322
Fax 907-663-6357

Village Corporation - Deloy-Ges, Incorporated
150 Airport Road
Anvik, AK 99558
Phone 907-663-6396
Fax 907-663-6355


Regional Organizations

School District - Iditarod Area School District
P.O. Box 90
McGrath, AK 99627
Phone 907-524-3033
Fax 907-524-3217

Regional Native Corporation - Doyon, Limited
1 Doyon Place, Suite 300
Fairbanks, AK 99701-2941
Phone 907-459-2000
Fax 907-459-2060

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 - Tanana Chiefs Conference
122 First Ave, Suite 600
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Phone 907-452-8251
Fax 907-459-3851

Native Housing Authority - Anvik Village
P.O. Box 10
Anvik, AK 99558
Phone 907-663-6322
Fax 907-663-6357



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