Allakaket, Alaska

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Allakaket (pronounced /æləˈkækɨt/ al-ə-KAK-ət) is a 2nd Class City in the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area of the Unorganized Borough of the U.S. state of Alaska. The population was 97 at the 2000 census.


Geography and climate

Allakaket is located at 66°33′48″N 152°38′50″W / 66.56333°N 152.64722°W / 66.56333; -152.64722 (66.562610, -152.64756)[2] (Sec. 14, T020N, R024W, Fairbanks Meridian.) Allakaket is located in the Fairbanks Recording District.

Allakaket is on the south bank of the Koyukuk River, southwest of its junction with the Alatna River, approximately 190 miles (310 km) northwest of Fairbanks and 57 miles (92 km) upriver from Hughes. The village of Alatna is located directly across the river.

The area experiences a cold, continental climate with extreme temperature differences. The average high temperature during July is 70 °F (21 °C). The average low temperature during January is well below zero and extended periods of −40 °F (−40 °C) are common. The highest temperature ever recorded was 94 °F (34 °C) and the lowest was −75 °F (−59 °C). Average precipitation is 13 inches (330 mm) and annual snowfall is 72 inches (1,800 mm). The Koyukuk River is ice-free from June through October.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.3 square miles (11.2 km²), of which, 3.6 square miles (9.3 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.9 km²) of it (17.05%) is water.

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