Akiak, Alaska

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Akiak (ACK-ee-ack) (Akiaq in Central Yup'ik) is a city in Bethel Census Area, Alaska, United States. The population was 309 at the 2000 census.


Geography and climate

Akiak is located at 60°54′36″N 161°13′6″W / 60.91°N 161.21833°W / 60.91; -161.21833 (60.912220, -161.21389)[2] (Sec. 32, T010N, R067W, Seward Meridian).[citation needed]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.1 square miles (7.9 km²), of which, 2.0 square miles (5.1 km²) of it is land and 1.1 square miles (2.8 km²) of it (35.62%) is water.

Akiak is located on the west bank of the Kuskokwim River, 42 miles (68 km) northeast of Bethel, on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Akiak is located in the Bethel Recording District. Precipitation averages 16 inches (410 mm) in this area, with snowfall of 50 inches (1,300 mm). Summer temperatures range from 42 °F (6 °C) to 62 °F (17 °C). Winter temperatures range from −2 °F (−19 °C) to 19 °F (−7 °C).

History and culture

In 1880, the village of "Ackiagmute" had a population of 175. The name Akiak means "the other side," since this place was a crossing to the Yukon River basin during the winter for area Eskimos. The Akiak post office was established in 1916. A U.S. Public Health Service hospital was built in the 1920s. The city was incorporated in 1970.

A federally-recognized tribe is located in the community—the Akiak Native Community. Akiak is a Yup'ik Eskimo village with a reliance on subsistence and fishing activities. The sale or importation of alcohol is banned in the village.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 309 people, 69 households, and 54 families residing in the city. The population density was 157.2 people per square mile (60.6/km²). There were 76 housing units at an average density of 38.7/sq mi (14.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 4.85% White, 92.88% Native American, and 2.27% from two or more races. 0.65% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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