Unalaska, Alaska

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Unalaska, Alaska
Hilltop view of Unalaska in January 2006
Hilltop view of Unalaska in January 2006
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Coordinates: 53°53′20″N 166°31′38″W / 53.88889°N 166.52722°W / 53.88889; -166.52722Coordinates: 53°53′20″N 166°31′38″W / 53.88889°N 166.52722°W / 53.88889; -166.52722
CountryUnited States
StateAlaska
Census AreaAleutians West
IncorporatedMarch 3, 1942[1]
Government
 • MayorFrank Kelty
 • State senatorLyman Hoffman (D)
 • State rep.Bryce Edgmon (D)
Area
 • Total212.68 sq mi (550.83 km2)
 • Land111.80 sq mi (289.55 km2)
 • Water100.88 sq mi (261.28 km2)
Elevation
13 ft (4 m)
Population
 • Total4,376
 • Estimate 
(2016)
4,437
 • Density20.86/sq mi (8.06/km2)
Time zoneUTC-9 (Alaska (AKST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-8 (AKDT)
ZIP code
99685
Area code907
FIPS code02-80770
GNIS feature ID1419424

Unalaska is a city in Alaska. Unalaska is on Unalaska Island and neighboring Amaknak Island in the Aleutian Islands.

Almost all the community's port facilities are on Amaknak Island. This is better known as Dutch Harbor or just "Dutch". It is the largest fisheries port in the U.S. by volume caught.

The Aleut have lived on Unalaska Island for thousands of years. They named the island "Ounalashka" which means 'Near the Peninsula'.

Makushin Volcano is on the island. It is not quite visible from the town of Unalaska. On a clear day the steam can be seen rising from its cone.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1996 Alaska Municipal Officials Directory. Juneau: Alaska Municipal League/Alaska Department of Community and Regional Affairs. January 1996. p. 154.
  2. "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jun 22, 2017.