2nd Class City
in the Bethel Census Area
- Area Type
- Current Population
- Population Comment
- 2013 DCCED Certified Estimate
- Pronunciation/Other Names
- (noo nuh' pit chook); a.k.a. Akolmiut
- Census Designated Place (CDP)
- Borough/Census Area FIPS Code
- Place FIPS
Election, Recording, and Judicial Districts
- Senate District
- House District
- Judicial District
- Recording District
Facilities and Amenities
- Municipal Facilities & Utilities
- Water and Sewer Flush/Haul, Watering Point, Honeybucket Haul, Washeteria, Electric (AVEC), Refuse Collection, Landfill, Health Clinic Building, Police, State-funded Public Safety Officer (VPSO), Volunteer Fire, Roads, Ice Roads, Planning, Parks & Recreation, City Gaming Department, City Land Department, ATV Rental.
Geography and Climate
- Nunapitchuk is located on both banks of the Johnson River, 22 miles northwest of Bethel in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.
- Community Map Available
- Map URL
- Sq Mi Land
- Sq Mi Water
- Each year, the area averages 16 inches of precipitation and 50 inches of snowfall. Summer temperatures range from 42 to 62 °F; winter temperatures run from -2 to 19 °F.
History and Culture
- It is an Eskimo village first listed in the 1939 U.S. Census with a population of 121. The community was incorporated as a second-class city in 1969. During the 1970 U.S. Census, Nunapitchuk and the nearby villages of Atmautluak and Kasigluk were enumerated as "Akolmiut."
- Nunapitchuk is a Yup'ik Eskimo village, and residents are involved in commercial fishing and subsistence activities.
- Indigenous Language
- Central Yup'ik
- Federally Recognized Tribe
- Name of Federally Recognized Tribe
- Native Village of Nunapitchuk
- Local Option Restrictions
- Ban sale, importation, and possession of alcohol.
- Incorporation Type
- 2nd Class City
- Public Education
- Not permitted to provide this service.
- Planning, Platting and Land Use Regulation
- Not required to exercise the powers in any circumstance, but may be permitted in all cases in the manner described for first class cities.
- Property Tax Powers
- May tax up to 20 mills, except where a higher levy is required to avoid default. Voter approval required.
- Sales Tax Powers
- No limit on the rate of levy of sales taxes; however, voter approval is required.
- Other Powers Not Prohibited
- May exercise other powers not prohibited by law.
- City Council or Assembly Composition and Apportionment
- 7 members elected at-large, except the council may provide for election other than at-large.
- Election and Term of Mayor
- Elected from the city council for a 1-year term, unless a longer term is provided by ordinance. Mayor selected by council (or by voters upon adoption of ordinance).
- Vote by Mayor
- Votes on all matters.
- Veto Power of the Mayor
- Does not have veto power.
- Power of Eminent Domain
- Permitted, but requires voter approval.
- Ability to Attain Home-Rule Status
- May not adopt home-rule charter without first reclassifying to a first-class city.
- A state-owned gravel airstrip provides chartered or private air access year-round. A dock, small boat harbor, and seaplane landing area are available on the Johnson River. Snow machines, ATVs, and dog sleds are used in winter months. Winter trails exist to Atmautluak (7 mi) and Akula Heights (2.5 mi).
- State Ferry
- Cargo Barge
- Road Connection