Barrow, Alaska

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The city of Barrow, Alaska in July 2008.
The city of Barrow, Alaska in July 2008.
Barrow is located in Alaska
Location of Barrow in the U.S. state of Alaska
Coordinates: 71°17′44″N 156°45′59″W / 71.29556°N 156.76639°W / 71.29556; -156.76639Coordinates: 71°17′44″N 156°45′59″W / 71.29556°N 156.76639°W / 71.29556; -156.76639
Country United States
State Alaska
Borough North Slope
 • Mayor Robert Harcharek
 • North Slope Borough Mayor Charlotte E. Brower
 • 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)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,212
Time zone Alaska (AKST) (UTC−9)
 • Summer (DST) AKDT (UTC−8)
ZIP code 99723
Area code(s) 907
FIPS code 02-05200
English (Welcome to Barrow) and Inupiat (Paġlagivsigiñ Utqiaġvigmun)

Barrow is a city in Alaska. It is the northernmost city of the United States of America. It is the administrative capital of North Slope Borough.

Barrow is well known by its unusual locating of the United States. It is located on the north coast of Alaska along the Arctic Ocean. There are about 2,100 kilometers between Barrow and the North Pole Point.

The climate is very cold in Barrow. 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.[1] Freezing temperatures, and snowfall, can occur at any time during the year.[2]

Although Barrow is in the land of the North American continent, Barrow is isolated from any other city. There is no road connecting Barrow and other places in Alaska. Travelers must take airplanes or ships to get there.

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