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The population of Nikolai is approximately 121 (2004), 94 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 47 (2000), 37 (2010).

The amount of land area in Nikolai is 12.79 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Nikolai is 4.5 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Nikolai to Washington DC is 3906 miles. The distance to the Alaska state capital is 818 miles. (as the crow flies)
Nikolai is positioned 62.99 degrees north of the equator and 154.39 degrees west of the prime meridian.

Nikolai per capita income is $11,029 (2000).
Nikolai median income is $15,000 (2000).

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Nikolai location: In the Alaskan Interior about 46 air miles from McGrath on the south fork of the Kuskokwim River

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Climate & Weather

The climate for Nikolai is cold and continental with cold winters and warm, short summers. Winter temperatures range from -62 to 0 while summer temperatures span 42 to 80 degrees. The Kuskokwim River is generally frozen over from November through May.
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Nikolai history:

Though Nikolai has relocated twice as a community, it has been in place at the current site since 1918. During the gold rush, the community had a trading post and roadhouse. It was located on the Rainy Pass Trail and was also a winter trail station on the Nenana-McGrath Trail. As the community grew, a church, a private school and a post office were gradually opened. Finally in 1963, an airstrip was created giving Nikolai year-round access.
The incorporation date of Nikolai: 1970

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Nikolai attractions:

Nikolai is access by air or by water. The airstrip is 4,003 feet long and is made of gravel. A winter trail leads to McGrath. It is also a checkpoint for the Iditarod sled dog race.

Nikolai is an Upper Kuskokwim Athabascan village. The Nikolai Village is a federally recognized tribe. The population of the community has about 81% Alaska Native or part Native.

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Economy & Industry

Nikolai economy: predominantly seasonal. Year-round employment is generally provided by the government. Local residents often rely on subsistence activities for their food and heating. Some locals do Native handicrafts to bring in some income.
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