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Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area





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The Cities and communities of Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, Alaska *


Alatna, Allakaket, Anvik, Arctic Village

Beaver, Bettles, Birch Creek

Central, Chalkyitsik, Circle, Circle Hot Springs, Coldfoot


Fort Yukon, Four Mile Road

Galena, Grayling

Holy Cross, Hughes, Huslia

Kaltag, Koyukuk

Lake Minchumina, Livengood

Manley Hot Springs, McGrath, Minto

Nenana, New Allakaket, Nikolai, Nulato

Rampart, Ruby

Shageluk, Stevens Village

Takotna, Tanana, Telida



*This list of cities may not be complete. The list may contain towns, cities, villages, boroughs, townships, ghost towns and other populated places.

If you have information about any of these unlinked communities, please send it to us and we will add a page for that community. Some of these places above may only be neighborhoods or local area names and are not listed with the census at all or just included in a larger surrounding designated census area..

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Information & Facts about Yukon - Koyukuk Borough, Alaska

Attractions & other Information - Climate - Economy - Genealogy - Geography -
Government - History - Libraries - Location - Organizations & Groups -
Other Facts & Figures - Population - Schools


Much of the more densely populated parts of the state are divided into boroughs, which function in a manner similar to counties in other states. Boroughs do not cover the entire land area of the state. The area of Alaska not part of any borough is referred to as the unorganized borough.

For the 1970 census, the government of Alaska and the U.S. Census Bureau divided the unorganized borough into census areas. However, these areas exist solely for the purposes of statistical analysis and presentation. They have no government of their own. There are services provided by borough governments that are provided directly by the Alaska state government in the unorganized borough.

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2000 - 6,551
over 70% of residents are Alaska Natives.
One third of the area's population live in the four largest communities, Galena, Fort Yukon, Nenana, and McGrath. The area is very sparsely populated and largely undeveloped.

2000 - 2,309 household
2000 - 1,480 families
2000 - 3,917 housing units

2000 - 0.045 persons per square mile

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This area is in the Alaskan Interior and goes from the Canadian border to the lower Yukon River.

Neighboring areas include:
North - North Slope Borough
Southeast - Southest Fairbanks Census Area
Southeast - Fairbanks North Star Borough
Southeast - Denali Borough
South - Bethel Census Area
West - Wade Hampton Census Area
West - Nome Census Area
West - Northwest Arctic Borough
East - Yukon Territory, Canada

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Most of this area has a cold and continental climate with long harsh winters and short warm summers. Nearly all areas have low winter temperature below 0 degrees F. all winter. Many communities have sustained periods of -40 or below. Summer temperatures tend to be in the low to mid 70's most of the season.

Snowfall varies between 40 and 110 inches annually in most areas

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Other Facts and Figures:

Median Household Income:
2000 - $28,762

Per capita Income:
2000 - $21,775

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National Register of Historic Places in the area

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Total area: 148,250 square miles
Land area: 145,900 square miles
Water area: 1,943 square miles
The area is 1.31% water
The area is about the same size as the entire state of Montana.

Five national wildlife refuges and several mountain ranges are within the census area

The Yukon River is the major waterway and also the Kuskokwim River. The Yukon flows nearly 1,100 miles in a southwesterly direction

Rivers are important to the region as transportation as well as for recreation. Most areas have only river and air access. In the summer, riverboats use the waterways while in winter, when the rivers freeze over, they serve as ice roads to other settlements. Since only seven communities in the area have road access, alternate transportation becomes very important.

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Kindred Trails Genealogy page for the area
Try this genealogy page for the area
The Political Graveyard for the area
Circle Hot Springs Cemetery information

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Koyukuk Community Library
300 Vista Road
Koyukuk, AK 99754

Charles Evans Community/School Library
Library in Galena
299 Antoski Drive
Galena, AK 99741

Nikolai Community/School Library
Top of the Kuskokwim School Building
Nikolai, AK 99691

McGrath Community Library
Chinana Ave
McGrath, AK 99627

Holy Cross School/Community Library
#1 Husky Way
Holy Cross, AK 99602

Ruby Library
10 Bobby Kennedy Sr. Way
Ruby, AK 99768

Takotna Community/School Library
#1 Front St
Takotna, AK 99675

Tanana Community/School Library
89 Front St
Tanana, AK 99777

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Yukon-Koyukuk School District
4762 Old Airport Way
Fairbanks, Alaska 99709-4456
Phone: (907) 374-9400
Fax: (907) 374-9440

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Since this is a sparsely populated area, and also one with extreme weather in the winter, year-round employment is rare. Most employment is through the government. The other major employment sector is with the Alaska Native organizations in the area. Subsistence is still the mainstay of the local economy.

In 1999, 23.8% of the population was below federal poverty standards.

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Organizations & Groups

Alaska State Chamber of Commerce
217 2nd street #201
Juneau, Alaska 99801
Phone: 907-586-2323
Fax: 907-272-4117

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Attractions & Other Information

For more info on Yukon Koyukuk Census Region visit the Alaska Department of Labor

Iditarod Dog Race

Anvik Historical Society and Museum
Mailing address: PO Box 110, Anvik, AK 99558
Telephone: (907) 663-6358
Hours: Summer: open by appointment; Winter: closed.
Admission: None

Circle Historical Museum
Physical location: Mile 128 Steese Highway
Mailing address: P.O. Box 1893, Central, AK 99730
Telephone/FAX: (907) 520-5312
Hours: Memorial Day-Labor Day: Daily noon - 5 p.m.
Upon request at other times.
Admission: $1
Mining equipment, gold display; artifacts from the local area; restored and fully outfitted miner's cabin; wildflower display.

Huslia Cultural Center
Physical location: Next to City Office
Mailing address: P.O. Box 70, Huslia, AK 99746
Telephone: (907) 829-2256 (City Council)
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., weekends on request.
Admission: No admission fee; donations accepted.
Collection of Athabaskan sleds and articles of clothing made from moose skin


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