2nd Class City
in the Bethel Census Area
- Area Type
- Current Population
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- 2013 DCCED Certified Estimate
- Pronunciation/Other Names
- (ack' ee ack)
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- Recording District
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Geography and Climate
- Akiak is located on the west bank of the Kuskokwim River, 42 air miles northeast of Bethel, on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.
- Precipitation averages 16 inches in this area, with average annual snowfall of 50 inches. Summer temperatures range from 42 to 62 °F. Winter temperatures range from -2 to 19 °F.
- Community Map Available
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- Sq Mi Land
- Sq Mi Water
History and Culture
- In 1880, the village of "Ackiagmute" had a population of 175. The name Akiak means "the other side," since this place was a crossing to the Yukon River basin during the winter for area Eskimos. The Akiak Post Office was established in 1916. A U.S. Public Health Service hospital was built in the 1920s. The city was incorporated in 1970.
- Akiak is a Yup'ik Eskimo village with a reliance on subsistence and fishing activities.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
- Name of Federally Recognized Tribe
- Akiak Native Community
- Local Option Restrictions
- Ban sale and importation of alcohol.
Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- Municipal Facilities & Utilities
- Akiak Power Utilities, Community Electrical Systems, Landfill, Pull Tabs
- Akiak has a state-owned airport with a gravel runway in good condition. The strip provides chartered or private air access year-round. Several air carriers offer passenger flight service. Snow machines, ATVs, and skiffs are used extensively for local transportation to nearby villages. There are no docking facilities.
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- Cargo Barge
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