2nd Class City
in the Bethel Census Area
- Current Population
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- 2013 Department of Labor Estimate
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Geography and Climate
- Nightmute is located on Nelson Island, in western Alaska. It is 18 miles upriver from Toksook Bay and 100 miles west of Bethel.
- Nightmute is influenced by a marine climate. Annual precipitation averages 22 inches, with 43 inches of snowfall. Summer temperatures range from 41 to 57 °F; winter temperatures are 6 to 24 °F.
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History and Culture
- Nelson Island has been inhabited by the Qaluyaarmiut ("dip net people") for 2,000 years. The area was relatively isolated from outside contact and has kept its traditions and culture. Umkumiut is the traditional fish camp. In 1964, several residents moved to Toksook Bay to obtain more cost-effective goods. The city was incorporated in 1974.
- Nightmute is a traditional Yup'ik Eskimo village, active in subsistence.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
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- Native Village of Nightmute
- Local Option Restrictions
- Ban sale, importation, and possession of alcohol.
Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- Municipal Facilities & Utilities
- Watering Point, Sewage Tank Hauling, Electric (AVEC), Police, Volunteer Fire/Ambulance, Community Hall, Post Office, Bingo, Search & Rescue
- A state-owned 1,600' long by 50' wide gravel airstrip is used by chartered and private aircraft. A seaplane landing area is also available. There are no docking facilities. Residents use fishing boats or skiffs for local transportation. Snow machines and ATVs are used during winter months. Winter trails are marked to Toksook Bay (20 mi), Cak'caaq (25 mi), and Baird Inlet (50 mi). Cargo and supplies must be lightered up the Tuqsuk River.
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