The city of Utqiaġvik, Alaska in July 2008.
|• Mayor||Fannie Suvlu|
|• North Slope Borough Mayor||Harry Brower, Jr|
|• Total||21.3 sq mi (55.2 km2)|
|• Land||18.4 sq mi (47.6 km2)|
|• Water||2.9 sq mi (7.6 km2)|
|Elevation||10 ft (3 m)|
|Time zone||Alaska (AKST) (UTC−9)|
|• Summer (DST)||AKDT (UTC−8)|
Utqiaġvik is a city in Alaska. It was called Barrow till 2016 when the name changed. It is the northernmost city of the United States of America. It is the administrative capital of the North Slope Borough.
Utqiaġvik is well known because of its unusual location in the United States. It is located on the north coast of Alaska along the Arctic Ocean. There are about 2,100 kilometers between Utqiaġvik and the North Pole.
Because Utqiaġvik is located above the Arctic Circle, there are times of the year during which the sun never sets, and other times when it never rises above the horizon. Instead of dipping below the horizon every day, during the summer the sun circles around the sky above the horizon. The sun sets on November 18 or 19, and remains below the horizon for about 65 days — that is, until the end of January. In the middle of this polar night (December 21-22), the sky is completely dark all the time, except for about 3 hours of twilight.
The climate is very cold in Utqiaġvik. Temperatures are below freezing from early October until late May. The high temperature is above freezing for only about 120 days per year, and there are temperatures at or below 0 °F (−18 °C) on an average of 160 days per year. Freezing temperatures, and snowfall, can occur at any time during the year.
Although Utqiaġvik is in the land of the North American continent, Utqiaġvik is isolated from any other city. There is no road connecting Utqiaġvik and other places in Alaska. Travelers must take airplanes or ships to get there.