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Current Population:     44   (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

The community is located 45 miles southeast of the City of Kodiak on the easternmost point of Kodiak Island. The community lies at approximately 57.616570° North Latitude and -152.164020° West Longitude.  (Sec. 33, T029S, R018W, Seward Meridian.)   Chiniak is located in the Kodiak Recording District.

The climate of the Kodiak Islands is dominated by a strong marine influence. There is little or no freezing weather, moderate precipitation, and frequent cloud cover and fog. Severe storms are common from December through February. Average annual precipitation is 60 inches. January temperatures range from 14 to 46 °F. July temperatures range from 39 to 76 °F.


History, Culture and Demographics

Chiniak is an Alutiiq (Russian-Aleut) name first reported in 1888 by Lt. Comdr. Tanner with the US Navy of the steamer Albatross. It was named "Cape Greville" in 1778 by Capt. Cook. During the mid-1950s, an Air Force White Alice Radar Tracking Station was constructed in Chiniak.

This community is active in local issues and planning through the Chiniak Community Forum. There is a library and school.

According to Census 2010, there were 28 housing units in the community and 20 were occupied. Its population was 4.3 percent American Indian or Alaska Native; 91.5 percent white; 4.3 percent of the local residents had multi-racial backgrounds.


Facilities, Utilities, Schools and Health Care

Approximately 60% of homes in Chiniak have individual wells, septic systems, and plumbing. The remainder haul treated water from the Chiniak School. Refuse is hauled to the borough landfill in Kodiak. Electricity is provided by Kodiak Electric Association. There is one school located in the community, attended by 10 students. Local hospitals or health clinics include Kodiak hospitals.  Chiniak is an isolated location it is part of the Southern EMS Region. Emergency Services have limited highway coastal and helicopter access. Emergency service is provided by 911 Telephone Service and volunteers.  Auxiliary health care is provided by Chiniak Emergency Medical Services (907-486-9898/486-9402).



The school, post office, and local roadhouses are the primary year-round employers. There are no stores or gas stations in Chiniak. Several residents commute to Kodiak for employment. Many work in construction, fishing, or other seasonal industries outside of the community. In 2010, one resident held a commercial fishing permit. The Kodiak Launch Complex, a 27-acre low-Earth orbit launch complex operated by the Alaska Aerospace Dev. Corp., was completed at Cape Narrow. It is the only commercial launch range in the U.S. that is not co-located with a federal facility. The $38-million KLC launched its first payload in November 1998.

The 2006-2010 American Community Survey (ACS) estimated 131 residents as employed. The public sector employed 61.5%1 of all workers. The percentage of workers not in labor force was 50.0%1. The ACS surveys established that average median household income (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) was $75,769 (MOE +/-$71,786)1. The per capita income (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) was $30,981 (MOE +/-$15,959)1




Local boat owners anchor in Thumb's Up Bay, and a small dock is available. An old airstrip may be used for emergency landings. Chiniak can be reached by road from Kodiak. Although 45 miles away, Kodiak offers jet service, float plane services, ferry service, and boat harbors.

Organizations with Local Offices

Electric Utility - Kodiak Electric Association, Incorporated
P.O. Box 787
Kodiak, AK 99615-0787
Phone 907-486-7720


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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