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Kodiak Island, Alaska, United States

The Kodiak island was explored by Russians in 1763. Its population according to 2010 census is 13,448. Located on the southern cost of Alaska it is the largest island of Alaska United States. It is 80th largest Island in world and second largest among the islands of United States. The total area for this large island is 9,311.24 km2 (3,595.09 sq. mi). The largest number of people on Island lives in the city of Kodiak. The south part of the Kodiak Island is planes but the north part is mountainous and have forests. On the south western side of island is around 33% land which is declared as Kodiak natural wild life refuge. Kodiak Island is the namesake for Kodiak Seamount, which lies off the coast at the Aleutian Trench. For the anchorage of boats there is many free from ice places which make it easy to land a boat.

There is a total of seven community’s lives on Kodiak Island. All of them lives on the Kodiak main city, this city is hub for link between the Kodiak and other part of world. No matter its boat ferry or the air link it is through this city. Other than Humans the king crab and bears are the natives on the island. The key source of earning of the Kodiak people is fishery. The fisheries include Pacific salmon, Pacific halibut, and crab. The Karluk River is famous for its salmon run. Logging, ranching, numerous canneries, and some copper mining are also prevalent.

winter view of kodiak island

Kodiak Island Climate:

Kodiak belongs to Alaska so it is cold weather usually but snow not fall in the month of June to September. Still there is heavy rain fall in these months. The average low temperature is minus four degree C in Winter December to February while high temperature months are from April to October. The record lowest temperature is Minus 26 degrees in 1989 while highest is 30 degree in 1953. Around 9 inches of rain recorded at highest in any month on average while 15 inches of snow on its highest.

Monthly Averages & Records  °C

Date

Average
Low

Average
High

Record
Low

Record
High

Average
Precipitation

Average
Snow

January

-4°

-26.7° (1989)

12.2° (1963)

8.17"

14.5"

February

-4°

-24.4° (1971)

15.6° (1923)

5.72"

14.7"

March

-3°

-21.1° (1971)

13.9° (1963)

5.22"

10.3"

April

-13.9° (1977)

21.1° (1918)

5.48"

7.5"

May

-7.8° (1945)

26.7° (1968)

6.31"

0.2"

June

13°

-1.1° (1968)

30° (1953)

5.38"

0"

July

16°

-6.7° (1927)

27.8° (2004)

4.12"

0"

August

16°

1.1° (1998)

28.9° (1944)

4.48"

0"

September

13°

-3.3° (1992)

26.7° (1929)

7.84"

0"

October

-13.9° (1917)

23.3° (1929)

8.36"

1.4"

November

-2°

-17.8° (1971)

15.6° (1929)

6.63"

7.3"

December

-4°

-22.8° (1916)

16.7° (1929)

7.64"

15.6"

Kodiak city alaska arial view

Demographics of Kodiak Island:

The total population is 13,448 out of which 46.8 percent is female population. Persons under 18 years is 25.9 percent while above 65 years is 10.2%. White people percentage is highest with 56.4 while followed by Asian with 21.3%. Other races also live on the island but number is small. There is 5410 houses units on the island while the owner occupied house rate is 60.7%. Median gross rent for a house is 1254 dollars. 2.96 person lives in a house hold on average as there is 4585 households in total. 9% of the people are disable who are below age of 65 years. 21.7% people lives without health insurance on Kodiak Island. The high school or higher percentage of people above age of 25 is 90.7% out of which 24 percent hold higher degree or equivalent to bachelor degree. Median house hold income on Kodiak Island is 73068 dollars a year while per capita income on Kodiak Island is 32066. The poverty level of Kodiak Island is 7.3%. The population per square mile is 2.1 persons as per 2010 census.

winter hunting at kodiak island

Crimes on Kodiak Island:

The crime index of Kodiak Island (100 is the safest) is 5 only that mean the Island is only safer than 5% of the cities of United States. There is 10 violent crimes per 1000 residents while 42.97 Property crimes. In Alaska the violent crime ration per 1000 is 8.04 that mean in Kodiak there is 2 more crimes per thousand residents. 

KODIAK ANNUAL CRIMES

VIOLENT

PROPERTY

TOTAL

Number of Crimes

62

266

328

Crime Rate Per 1000 Residents

10.01

42.97

52.98

The above table shows the rates of crimes in Kodiak Islands.

KODIAK VIOLENT CRIMES

POPULATION: 6,191

 

MURDER

RAPE

ROBBERY

ASSAULT

Report Total

1

1

5

55

Rate per 1,000

0.16

0.16

0.81

8.88

UNITED STATES VIOLENT CRIMES

POPULATION: 323,127,513

 

MURDER

RAPE

ROBBERY

ASSAULT

Report Total

17,250

130,603

332,198

803,007

Rate per 1,000

0.05

0.4

1.03

2.49

The above chart show the comparison of crime of Kodiak Island and United states.

airport of Kodiak island

Transport on Kodiak Island:

The way to reach Kodiak Island is by plane or by boat ferry. The Alaskan airline take the flights in day time. The airport of Kodiak Island is located five miles south of Kodiak city. The hotels on the island do not provide the shuttle services so one have to take taxi to reach the hotel or destination.

Culture of Kodiak Island:

Six villages located around the island chain, Akhiok, Karluk, Larsen Bay, Old Harbor, Ouzinkie, and Port Lions, provide the opportunity to the tourist to explore the culture of Kodiak Island and community. Other than Kodiak City the other villages have not much population and many have population less than one hundred. Still it provide the best opportunity to know the culture of these villages.

Wild life of Kodiak Island:

If you like the wild life then must visit the Island from July to September. At that time the bear come out of hibernation and its best chance to see a brown bear. It can be seen by an air taxi or from sea ferry or on foots. The Kodiak Island also have many other animals. The coastal waters are frequented by Fin, Minke, Sei, Humpback and Gray whales. Kodiak Island is a home for six species of salmon and 250 Species of birds.

Fishing on Kodiak Island:

Fishing on Kodiak Island is another activity which tourist like most. As it told previous it have six species of salmon and a big industry of fishery so it make it easy. A total of more than ten species of fishes are available so no matter you are skilled or not there is a chance you can catch them.

Other Activities for Tourist on Kodiak Island:

There is options for the tourist to do hiking and watch the wild life of island. Beware of bears though if you trying to go for hiking on Kodiak Island. Must take guide from local residents about the tracks. You can also do camping on the island. Festivals like the Whale Fest Kodiak in April or the Kodiak Crab Festival in May bring the inhabitants together to celebrate nature with food and fun. Museums, shops and galleries offer the chance to learn about the culture and history, while dinner at a restaurant to sample some of the local delicacies is the perfect way to end the day.

 

References: Wikipedia, US Census, Neighbourhood, intellicast

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