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Fort Yukon
Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, Alaska


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Statistics & Facts

The Alaska state capital is Juneau.
The population of Fort Yukon is approximately 594 (2004), 583 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 272 (1990), 246 (2010).
The amount of land area in Fort Yukon is 17.559 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Fort Yukon is 7.0 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 1.073 sq kilometers.
The distance from Fort Yukon to Washington DC is 3500 miles.
The distance to the Alaska state capital is 683 miles. (as the crow flies)
Fort Yukon is positioned 66.56 degrees north of the equator and 145.26 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Fort Yukon per capita income is $ 13,360 (2000).
Fort Yukon median income is $ 29,375 (2000).
Fort Yukon average annual precipitation is 6.58 inches peryear.
Fort Yukon average annual snowfall is 43.4 inches per year.


about 145 air miles northeast of Fairbanks. It is located at the confluence of the Yukon River and the Procupine River.
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cold, continental arctic with cold, long winters and warm, short summers. Average winter low temperatures are almost always below 0 and usually between -50 to -60. Summer highs range between 65 and 72. The Yukon River is usually frozen over from mid-September until the end of May.
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History & History Related Items

Fort Yukon was founded by Alexander Murray in 1847. It was a Canadian outpost at the time. The local Gwich'in Indians used the settlement as a trade center for many years. The Hudson Bay Company operated here from 1846 until 1869. In 1869 Fort Yukon was found to be part of the US and the trading post was then operated by Moses Mercier. Both the Klondike gold rush and the whlaing boom on the Arctic Sea brought many challenges to the settlement. But the worst was a series of disease epidemics that greatly damaged the area. In 1949, a bad flood also did much damage to the area. The city incorporated in 1959.
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During the summer months, Fort Yukon is accessible by air and barge on the River. Recreational watercraft are used also during the summer months by residents and visitors alike. Local roads are also available mostly year-round. During the winter snowmachines and dog sleds are used extensively. The river, once it has frozen over, is used as an ice road to other area villages.
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Fort Yukon City Government

City of Fort Yukon
P.O. Box 269
Fort Yukon, AK 99740
Phone 907-662-2479
Fax 907-662-2717

Yukon Flats Resource Conserervation & Development
P.O. Box 283
Fort Yukon, AK 99740
Phone 907-662-2667

Canyon Village Traditional Council
P.O. Box 13
Fort Yukon, AK 99740
Phone 907-662-2502
Fax 907-662-3047

Gwitchyaa Zhee Corporation
P.O. Box 329
Fort Yukon, AK 99740
Phone 907-662-3056
Fax 907-662-2646

Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments
P.O. Box 33
Fort Yukon, AK 99740
Phone 907-662-2587
Fax 907-662-3333

Gwitchyaa Gwichin Tribal Government
P.O. Box 126
Fort Yukon, AK 99740
Phone 907-662-2581
Fax 907-662-2222

Fort Yukon Schools

Yukon Flats School District
P.O. Box 359
Fort Yukon, AK 99740-0359
Phone 907-662-2515
Fax 907-662-3095 Fort Yukon


The population of Fort Yukon was:
1990 - 580
2000 - 581
2004 - 594 (estimate)

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