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Current Population:              275   (2011 Alaska Department of Labor Estimate)

Incorporation Type:              Unincorporated

Located In:                           Bethel Census Area

Taxes:                                   No taxing authority




Location and Climate

Atmautluak lies on the west bank of the Pitmiktakik River in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, 20 miles northwest of Bethel. The community lies at approximately 60.866940° North Latitude and -162.273060° West Longitude.  (Sec. 19, T009N, R074W, Seward Meridian.)   Atmautluak is located in the Bethel Recording District.

The area averages 16 inches of precipitation, with snowfall of 50 inches. Summer temperatures range from 62 to 42 °F. Winter temperatures range from 19 to -2 °F.


History, Culture and Demographics

Yup'ik Eskimos have inhabited this region for thousands of years due to the area's rich resources; however, Atmautluak itself was not settled until the 1960s. People moved to this site on higher ground to avoid flooding and for the rich resources of the area. A city was incorporated in 1976, but it was dissolved on Feb. 7, 1996, in favor of the traditional village council government.

A federally-recognized tribe is located in the community -- the Village of Atmautluak. Atmautluak is a traditional Yup'ik Eskimo village with subsistence and fishing lifestyle. The sale or importation of alcohol is banned in the village.

According to Census 2010, there were 70 housing units in the community and 63 were occupied. Its population was 97.8 percent American Indian or Alaska Native; 1.4 percent white; 0.7 percent black;


Facilities, Utilities, Schools and Health Care

Treated well water is hauled by residents, and the Pitmiktakik River is also used. Honeybuckets are hauled by residents to sewage bunkers. None of the homes have plumbing. A new washeteria was recently completed. The school is connected to the city water plant and to the washeteria's septic system with two lift stations. Electricity is provided by Atmautluak Joint Utilities. There is one school located in the community,  attended by 100 students. Local hospitals or health clinics include Atmautluak Health Clinic.



The school, retail businesses, and the village government provide cash income to supplement the subsistence lifestyle. In 2010, 20 residents held commercial fishing permits.

The 2006-2010 American Community Survey (ACS) estimated 861 residents as employed. The public sector employed 22.1%1 of all workers. The local unemployment rate was 31.2%1. The percentage of workers not in labor force was 35.6%1. The ACS surveys established that average median household income (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) was $45,536 (MOE +/-$11,335)1. The per capita income (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) was $11,596 (MOE +/-$2,690)1. About 15.2%1 of all residents had incomes below the poverty level. 




A state-owned 2,000' long by 25' wide gravel airstrip is available for chartered or private planes year-round. Major improvements to the runway, taxiway, and apron are currently underway. Locals use skiffs in the summer to travel to Bethel and other area villages, and snowmachines, ATVs, and dog sleds are used in the winter. A winter trail exists to Nunapitchuk (7.0 mi).

Organizations with Local Offices

Electric Utility - Atmautluak Joint Utilities
P.O. Box 6564
Atmautluak, AK 99559-6564
Phone 907-553-5429
Fax 907-553-5429

Tribe - federally recognized - Village of Atmautluak
P.O. Box 6568
Atmautluak, AK 99559
Phone 907-553-5610
Fax 907-553-5212

Village Corporation - Atmautluak Limited
P.O. Box 6548
Atmautluak, AK 99559
Phone 907-553-5428
Fax 907-553-5420



Regional Organizations

School District - Lower Kuskokwim School District
P.O. Box 305
Bethel, AK 99559-0305
Phone 907-543-4810
Fax 907-543-4904

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 - Village of Atmautluak
P.O. Box 6568
Atmautluak, AK 99559
Phone 907-553-5610
Fax 907-553-5212

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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