2nd Class City
in the Nome Census Area
- Area Type
- Current Population
- Population Comment
- 2013 DCCED Certified Estimate
- Pronunciation/Other Names
- (shack too' lick)
- Community's Judicial District
- Recording District
- Cape Nome
- Census Designated Place (CDP)
- Borough/Census Area FIPS Code
- Place FIPS
Geography and Climate
- Shaktoolik is located on the east shore of Norton Sound. It lies 125 miles east of Nome and 33 miles north of Unalakleet.
- Shaktoolik has a subarctic climate with maritime influences when Norton Sound is ice-free, usually from May to October. Summer temperatures average 47 to 62 °F; winter temperatures average -4 to 11 °F. Extremes from -50 to 87 °F have been recorded. Average annual precipitation is 14 inches, with 43 inches of snowfall.
- Community Map Available
- Map URL
- Sq Mi Land
- Sq Mi Water
History and Culture
- Shaktoolik was the first and southernmost Malemiut settlement on Norton Sound, occupied as early as 1839. Twelve miles northeast, on Cape Denbigh, is "Iyatayet," a site that is 6,000 to 8,000 years old. Reindeer herds were managed in the Shaktoolik area around 1905. The village was originally located six miles up the Shaktoolik River and moved to the mouth of the river in 1933. This site was prone to severe storms and winds, however, and the village relocated to its present, more sheltered location in 1967. The city was incorporated in 1969.
- Shaktoolik is a Malemiut Eskimo village with a fishing and subsistence lifestyle.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
- Name of Federally Recognized Tribe
- Native Village of Shaktoolik
- Local Option Restrictions
- Ban sale and importation of alcohol.
Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- Municipal Facilities & Utilities
- Piped Water, Watering Points, Piped Sewar, Washeteria, Electric (AVEC), Landfill/Incinerator, Health Clinic, Police, Volunteer Fire, Teen Center, Roads, Building Rental, Equipment Rental
- Shaktoolik is primarily accessible by air and sea. A state-owned gravel airstrip is available. The Alex Sookiayak Memorial Airstrip allows for regular service from Unalakleet. Summer travel is by ATVs, motorbikes, trucks, and boats; winter travel is by snow machine and dog team. Cargo is barged from Nome, then lightered to shore.
- State Ferry
- Cargo Barge
- Road Connection
- Community's Senate District
- Community's House District