Kobuk, Alaska

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Population in 2019: 153 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: +40.4%
Males: 83  (54.3%)
Females: 70  (45.7%)
Median resident age:

16.3 years
Alaska median age:

35.0 years

Zip code: 99751

Estimated median household income in 2019: $53,458 (it was $30,750 in 2000)
Kobuk:

$53,458
AK:

$75,463

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $12,619 (it was $9,844 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $138,624 (it was $77,500 in 2000)
Kobuk:

$138,624
AK:

$281,200

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $152,535; detached houses: $151,459

Median gross rent in 2019: $748.

March 2019 cost of living index in Kobuk: 104.6 (near average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 39.3%
(100.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 40.7% for American Indian residents)
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  • Races in Kobuk, AK (2019)
    • 140101.4%American Indian alone
    • 42.9%White alone
    • 32.2%Hispanic
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Ancestries: Russian (2.3%).

Current Local Time: AKST time zone

Land area: 16.1 square miles.

Population density: 9.5 people per square mile   (very low).

Kobuk, Alaska map

3 residents are foreign born (2.2% Europe).

This city:

2.2%
Alaska:

7.8%
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Kobuk city:

1.5% ($1,179)
Alaska:

1.4% ($1,888)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Anchorage, AK (450.6 miles , pop. 260,283).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (2744.9 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities:

Shungnak, AK (2.6 miles ),
Ambler, AK (5.3 miles ),
Huslia, AK (9.2 miles ),
Selawik, AK (9.4 miles ),
Hughes, AK (9.7 miles),
Kiana, AK (9.8 miles ),
Noorvik, AK (10.6 miles ),
Alatna, AK (10.7 miles)

Latitude: 66.92 N, Longitude: 156.91 W

Area code: 907

Distribution of median household income in Kobuk, AK in 2019
Distribution of house value in Kobuk, AK in 2019
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

12.2%
Alaska:

8.1%
Population change in the 1990s: +40 (+58.0%).
Most common industries in Kobuk, AK (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Educational services (41.4%)
  • Public administration (27.6%)
  • Air transportation (13.8%)
  • Utilities (10.3%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (6.9%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Educational services (44.4%)
  • Utilities (33.3%)
  • Public administration (22.2%)
  • Food (0.0%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Educational services (40.0%)
  • Public administration (30.0%)
  • Air transportation (20.0%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (10.0%)
  • Food (0.0%)
Most common occupations in Kobuk, AK (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (13.8%)
  • Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists (13.8%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (10.3%)
  • Other teachers, instructors, education, training, and library occupations (10.3%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (10.3%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (10.3%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (6.9%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (33.3%)
  • Other teachers, instructors, education, training, and library occupations (22.2%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (22.2%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (22.2%)
  • Advertising, marketing, promotions, public relations, and sales managers (0.0%)
  • Financial managers (0.0%)
  • Operations specialties managers, except financial managers (0.0%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists (20.0%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (15.0%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (15.0%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (10.0%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (10.0%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (10.0%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (10.0%)

Average climate in Kobuk, Alaska

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

Kobuk-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Alaska state average. It is 2081% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/27/1904 at 21:56:06, a magnitude 8.3 (8.3 UK, Class: Great, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 263.4 miles away from the city center
On 3/28/1964 at 03:36:12, a magnitude 9.2 (9.2 UK) earthquake occurred 494.7 miles away from the city center, causing $1,020,000,000 total damage
On 11/3/2002 at 22:12:41, a magnitude 8.5 (7.0 MB, 8.5 MS, 7.9 MW, 8.1 ME) earthquake occurred 353.4 miles away from Kobuk center
On 11/3/2002 at 22:12:41, a magnitude 7.9 (7.9 MW, Depth: 2.6 mi, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 360.7 miles away from Kobuk center
On 2/3/2000 at 10:24:59, a magnitude 6.1 (5.4 MB, 5.2 MS, 6.1 ML, 5.7 MW, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 152.3 miles away from Kobuk center
On 3/9/1985 at 14:08:04, a magnitude 6.2 (5.9 MB, 6.0 MS, 6.2 MS, 6.0 ML) earthquake occurred 195.8 miles away from Kobuk center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), energy magnitude (ME), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)
Kobuk topographic map

Airports located in Kobuk:

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Kobuk:

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (about 294 miles; Fairbanks, AK; Full-time enrollment: 6,397)
  • Charter College-Anchorage (about 450 miles; Anchorage, AK; FT enrollment: 2,983)
  • University of Alaska Anchorage (about 450 miles; Anchorage, AK; FT enrollment: 12,483)
  • Whatcom Community College (about 1740 miles; Bellingham, WA; FT enrollment: 3,265)
  • Western Washington University (about 1744 miles; Bellingham, WA; FT enrollment: 13,875)
  • Peninsula College (about 1760 miles; Port Angeles, WA; FT enrollment: 2,012)
  • Skagit Valley College (about 1766 miles; Mount Vernon, WA; FT enrollment: 3,803)

Public high school in Kobuk:

  • KOBUK SCHOOL (Students: 35, Location: 101 MUSHERS WAY, Grades: PK-12)
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Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Kobuk: Kobuk Fire Department (A), Maniilaq Association Kobuk Clinic (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creek: Dahl Creek (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Northwest Arctic Borough has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Kobuk and their reported violations in the past:

KOBUK WATER SYSTEM (Population served: 93, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • Treatment Technique (SWTR and GWR) - In NOV-2013, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE. Follow-up actions: St Other (FEB-12-2014), St Compliance achieved (FEB-28-2014)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring of Treatment (SWTR-Unfilt/GWR) - In MAR-2014, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (APR-15-2014)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JAN-2014 and JUN-2014, Contaminant: TTHM
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JAN-2014 and JUN-2014, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JAN-2014 and MAR-2014, Contaminant: Chlorine. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (FEB-19-2014), St Other (FEB-21-2014)
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In JAN-01-2014, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Other (FEB-12-2014), St Compliance achieved (APR-29-2014)
  • 9 routine major monitoring violations
  • 106 regular monitoring violations
  • 22 other older monitoring violations
Average household size:
This city:

4.2 people
Alaska:

2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

77.8%
Whole state:

66.2%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

22.2%
Whole state:

8.6%


No gay or lesbian households reported

For population 15 years and over in Kobuk:

Marital status in Kobuk, AK
  • Never married: 66.3%
  • Now married: 30.9%
  • Separated: 1.3%
  • Widowed: 1.5%
  • Divorced: 0.0%

For population 25 years and over in Kobuk:

  • High school or higher: 77.8%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 3.7%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 4.1 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

3.6
Alaska average:

10.2

Religion statistics for Kobuk, AK (based on Northwest Arctic Borough data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant1,64420
Mainline Protestant4083
Catholic2401
Other931
None5,138-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 4
This county:

5.36 / 10,000 pop.
Alaska:

3.30 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
This county:

1.34 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.52 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 3
Northwest Arctic Borough:

4.02 / 10,000 pop.
Alaska:

2.30 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Northwest Arctic Borough:

6.5%
State:

6.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Northwest Arctic Borough:

32.2%
Alaska:

27.8%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Here:

43.9%
Alaska:

49.7%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Kobuk:

43.1%
Alaska:

48.0%

Average BMI:
This city:

29.3
Alaska:

28.7

People feeling badly about themselves:
Here:

23.7%
Alaska:

21.7%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Kobuk:

10.0%
Alaska:

9.7%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.7
Alaska:

6.8

Overweight people:
Kobuk:

31.7%
Alaska:

34.1%

General health condition:
This city:

54.1%
Alaska:

57.5%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

78.6%
State:

81.0%

More about Health and Nutrition of Kobuk, AK Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2017)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Police Protection - Officers 2$2,686$16,1160$0
Financial Administration 1$2,699$32,3880$0
Other and Unallocable 0$0 5$2,050
Other Government Administration 0$0 1$110
Totals for Government 3$5,385$21,5406$2,160

Kobuk government finances - Expenditure in 2017 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Central Staff Services: $103,000 ($673.20)
    General - Other: $29,000 ($189.54)
    Regular Highways: $12,000 ($78.43)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities - Other: $4,000 ($26.14)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $148,000 ($967.32)

Kobuk government finances - Revenue in 2017 (per resident):

  • Charges - Regular Highways: $180,000 ($1176.47)
    Other: $48,000 ($313.73)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $77,000 ($503.27)
  • Tax - General Sales and Gross Receipts: $9,000 ($58.82)

8.07% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($62,532 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.07%
Alaska average:

8.52%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Anchorage Municipality, AK  3.47% ($53,838 average AGI)

Strongest AM radio stations in Kobuk:

  • KICY (850 AM; 50 kW; NOME, AK; Owner: ARCTIC BROADCASTING ASSOCIATION)
  • KOTZ (720 AM; 10 kW; KOTZEBUE, AK; Owner: KOTZEBUE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KJNP (1170 AM; 50 kW; NORTH POLE, AK; Owner: EVAN. ALASKA MISSIONARY FELLOWSHIP)
  • KNOM (780 AM; 25 kW; NOME, AK; Owner: CATHOLIC BISHOP OF NORTHERN ALASKA)
  • KENI (650 AM; 50 kW; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KFQD (750 AM; 50 kW; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • KIYU (910 AM; 5 kW; GALENA, AK; Owner: BIG RIVER PULBLIC BROADCASTING CORP)
  • KIAM (630 AM; 10 kW; NENANA, AK; Owner: VOICE OF CHRIST MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • KFAR (660 AM; 10 kW; FAIRBANKS, AK; Owner: NEW NORTHWEST BROADCASTERS, LLC)
  • KBRW (680 AM; 10 kW; BARROW, AK; Owner: SILAKKUAGVIK COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KSKO (870 AM; 10 kW; MCGRATH, AK; Owner: KUSKOKWIM PUBLIC BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • KCBF (820 AM; 10 kW; FAIRBANKS, AK; Owner: NEW NORTHWEST BROADCASTERS, LLC)
  • KYUK (640 AM; 10 kW; BETHEL, AK; Owner: BETHEL BROADCASTING, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Kobuk:

  • K205BC (88.9 FM; KOBUK, AK; Owner: KOTZEBUE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • K204AS (88.7 FM; SHUNGNAK, AK; Owner: KOTZEBUE BROADCASTING, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Kobuk:

  • K02KZ (Channel 2; KOBUK, AK; Owner: STATE OF ALASKA)
  • K09NH (Channel 9; SHUNGNAK, AK; Owner: CITY OF SHUNGNAK)
  • K07RA (Channel 7; SHUNGNAK, AK; Owner: STATE OF ALASKA)

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Kobuk)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

9 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

1
  • KOBUK, City Office Building, Downtown Kobuk (Lat: 66.907750 Lon: -156.882583), Type: Building, Structure height: 15.2 m, Call Sign: WREQ259, Licensee ID: L00006577,
    Assigned Frequencies: 11405.0 MHz, 11405.0 MHz, 11405.0 MHz, 11405.0 MHz, 11405.0 MHz, 11405.0 MHz, 11405.0 MHz, 11405.0 MHz, Grant Date: 11/26/2019, Expiration Date: 11/26/2029, Certifier: Donna Mcconnell, Registrant: Otz Telephone Cooperative, Inc., 346 Tundra Way, Kotzebue, AK 99752, Phone: (907) 442-1017, Email:

FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers:

2
  • Kobuk Airport (Lat: 66.899444 Lon: -156.852722), Type: Building, Overall height: 5 m, Call Sign: KXF6, Licensee ID: L00011273,
    Assigned Frequencies: 129.100 MHz, 2.91240 MHz, 3.45040 MHz, 129.900 MHz, 3.47140 MHz, 130.100 MHz, 5.47340 MHz, 5.48540 MHz, 6.60540 MHz, 129.800 MHz... (+6 more), Grant Date: 12/06/2000, Expiration Date: 12/06/2005, Cancellation Date: 02/11/2006, Registrant: Alaska Aviation Radio Inc, 1776 K Street,Nw, Washington, DC 20006
  • Ne Corner Of Narvak Lake 35 Mi Ne (Lat: 66.966139 Lon: -155.586028), Type: Tower, Call Sign: WAI82, Licensee ID: L00852403,
    Assigned Frequencies: 3.18440 MHz, 3.20240 MHz, 3.26240 MHz, 3.36640 MHz, 4.03640 MHz, 5.16590 MHz, 5.20590 MHz, 7.36990 MHz, 8.07140 MHz, 2.18340 MHz, 5.16890 MHz, 8.06840 MHz, Grant Date: 04/24/2004, Expiration Date: 06/16/2014, Cancellation Date: 08/16/2014, Registrant: Arthur D Mortvedt, Manley Hot Springs, AK 99756, Phone: (907) 672-3206, Fax: (907) 672-3206

FAA Registered Aircraft:

1
  • Aircraft: HELIO H-295 (Category: Land, Seats: 6, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 153 mph), Engine: LYCOMING GO-480 SERIES (295 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 5072Q, N5072Q, N-5072Q, Serial Number: 1250, Year manufactured: 1967, Airworthiness Date: 11/26/1979, Certificate Issue Date: 03/27/2017
    Registrant (Individual): Gary King, Po Box 51015, Kobuk, AK 99751
    Deregistered: Cancel Date: 07/10/2020

Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Kobuk, AK
  • 50.0%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 50.0%Wood
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Kobuk, AK
  • 90.0%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 10.0%Wood


Kobuk compared to Alaska state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Median age significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house below state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.
There is 1 pilot and 1 other airmen in this city.
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