Diomede, Alaska

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Photo of Diomede (Inalik) village on the west coast
Photo of Diomede (Inalik) village on the west coast
Diomede is located in Alaska
Location in Alaska
Coordinates: 65°45′30″N 168°57′06″W / 65.75833°N 168.95167°W / 65.75833; -168.95167Coordinates: 65°45′30″N 168°57′06″W / 65.75833°N 168.95167°W / 65.75833; -168.95167
Country United States
State Alaska
Census Area Nome
Incorporated October 28, 1970[1]
 • Mayor Cassandra Ahkvaluk
 • State senator Donny Olson (D)
 • State rep. Neal Foster (D)
 • Total 2.84 sq mi (7.36 km2)
 • Land 2.84 sq mi (7.36 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation 95 ft (29 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 115
 • Estimate (2016) 118
 • Density 41.53/sq mi (16.04/km2)
Time zone Alaska (AKST) (UTC-9)
 • Summer (DST) AKDT (UTC-8)
ZIP code 99762
Area code 907
FIPS code 02-19060
GNIS ID 1401213

Diomede is a city in Alaska, United States. It is on Little Diomede Island. The island is in the middle of the Bering Strait. It is near the International Date Line.

There are no roads on the island. There also are no banks or restaurants. A general store has basic supplies. Diomede is the only place people live on the island. Mail is delivered to the island by helicopter. It is the only place in the United States that uses a helicopter for mail delivery.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Directory of Borough and City Officials 1974". Alaska Local Government (Juneau: Alaska Department of Community and Regional Affairs) XIII (2): 30. January 1974. 
  2. "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jun 22, 2017. 
  3. Diomede mail run is often a white-knuckle ride James Macpherson, Alaska Journal Of Commerce (2002) interviews a former Army pilot Eric Penttila