Nikolaevsk, Alaska

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Nikolaevsk (Russian: Николаевск) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. As of the 2000 census, the population of the CDP is 345.



The town was settled by a group of Old Believers of the Russian Orthodox Old-Rite Church around 1968, and remains a largely ethnic Russian town to this day.[1] The travels of the group from Russia, as well as the story of the founding of Nikolaevsk is told in a 1972 article in National Geographic.[2]


Nikolaevsk is located at 59°48′47″N 151°40′6″W / 59.81306°N 151.66833°W / 59.81306; -151.66833 (59.813043, -151.668387)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 36.3 square miles (93.9 km²), all of it land. Road access is via the North Fork Road, which junctions with the Sterling Highway 9 miles (14 km) away in Anchor Point.[4]


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 345 people, 96 households, and 72 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 9.5 people per square mile (3.7/km²). There were 122 housing units at an average density of 3.4/sq mi (1.3/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 81.74% White, 1.74% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 1.16% Pacific Islander, 2.03% from other races, and 13.04% from two or more races. 0.29% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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