Nunapitchuk is located 22 miles northwest of Bethel in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. According to a 2014 Alaska Department of Labor estimate, 563 people call the village home. The Eskimo village was first listed in the 1939 U.S. Census with a population of barely more than 100 people. The Native Village of Nunapitchuk is the federally recognized tribe of the area. The indigenous language is Central Yup’ik, which many people still speak.
The people of the community depend on subsistence activities and commercial fishing for both food and income. Water is a part of everyday life in the village of Nunapitchuk. Located on both banks of the Johnson River, eight percent of the area within the city limits is water. Because the city sits on tundra, there are no roads to or within the community. Instead buildings are connected by a
network of boardwalks.
The community is accessible by ATV, boat and small aircraft, weather permitting. A state-maintained gravel airstrip provides regular access and there is a seaplane landing base, dock and small boat harbor on the Johnson River. During the winter, snow machines are commonly used as well as dog teams. Winter averages four feet of snowfall with average temperatures between -2 to 19°F. The summer months see 16 inches of rainfall with moderate temperatures between 42 to 62°F.
Nunapitchuk, Limited, the community’s village corporation owns the local general store providing groceries and fuel. Anna Tobeluk Memorial School serves students pre-school aged through 12th grade. Recent statistics show 12 teachers and almost 180 students.