2nd Class City
in the North Slope Borough
- Current Population
- Population Comment
- 2013 Department of Labor Estimate
- Pronunciation/Other Names
- (kack-TOH-vick); includes Barter Island
- Community's Judicial District
- Recording District
Geography and Climate
- Kaktovik lies on the north shore of Barter Island, between the Okpilak and Jago Rivers on the Beaufort Sea coast. It lies in the 19.6-million-acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, an occasional calving ground for the porcupine caribou herd.
- The climate of Kaktovik is arctic. Temperatures range from -56 to 78 °F. Precipitation is light, averaging 5 inches, with snowfall averaging 20 inches.
- Community Map Available
- Map URL
- Sq Mi Land
- Sq Mi Water
History and Culture
- Until the late nineteenth century, the island was a major trade center for the Inupiat and was especially important as a bartering place for Inupiat from Alaska and Inuit from Canada. The city was incorporated in 1971.
- Due to Kaktovik's isolation, the village has maintained its Inupiat Eskimo traditions. Subsistence is highly dependent upon caribou.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
- Name of Federally Recognized Tribe
- Kaktovik Village
- Local Option Restrictions
- Ban sale, importation, and possession of alcohol.
Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- Municipal Facilities & Utilities
- Cable TV, Recreation, Bing/Pull Tabs, North Slope Borough Provides Electricity, Refuse Collection, Landfill, Health Clinic, Police, Volunteer Fire/ EMS, Public Safety Building
- Air travel provides the only year-round access. The Barter Island Airport is owned by the Air Force and operated by the North Slope Borough. Marine and land transportation provide limited seasonal access.
- State Ferry
- Cargo Barge
- Road Connection
- Community's Senate District
- Community's House District