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Kobuk, Alaska - Basic Facts

The City of Kobuk had a population of 188 as of July 1, 2023. Kobuk ranks in the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Alaska. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Kobuk is located at latitude 66.9072 and longitude -156.8811 in Northwest Arctic Borough. The formal boundaries for the City of Kobuk encompass a land area of 16.22 sq. miles and a water area of 0.52 sq. miles. Northwest Arctic Borough is in the Alaska time zone (GMT -9).

The City of Kobuk has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Kobuk is located within the Northwest Arctic Census Subarea of Northwest Arctic Borough. Census subareas are statistical subdivisions of the county equivalents used in Alaska (boroughs, city and boroughs, municipalities, and census areas) and are the statistical equivalent of Micro Civil Divisions (MCDs) used in other states.

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Kobuk, AK Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2023)


Total Population 188 (100%)
Population in Households 180 (95.7%)
Population in Families 155 (82.4%)
Population in Group Quarters1 8 ( 4.3%)
Population Density 12
Diversity Index2 20


Median Household Income $35,000
Average Household Income $62,718
% of Income for Mortgage4 0%
Per Capita Income $12,106
Wealth Index5 43
Socioeconomic Status Index6 Low (27.9)


Total HU (Housing Units) 53 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 32 (60.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 4 ( 7.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 17 (32.1%)
Median Home Value $120,000
Average Home Value $154,688
Housing Affordability Index3 0


Total Households 36
Average Household Size 5.00
Family Households 32
Average Family Size 5.00
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.
  6. The Socioeconomic Index ranges from zero (lowest relative status) to 100 (highest relative status). This measure quantifies disparities in social position of an area's inhabitants and is built from a broad range of demographic, housing, and socioeconomic inputs. More information on this measure can be found in Esri's SEI tutorial.


2020-2023 2023-2028
Population -0.49% 0.00%
Households -3.92% 0.00%
Families   0.00%
Median Household Income   5.19%
Per Capita Income   1.56%
Owner Occupied HU   -5.59%

Kobuk, AK - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Kobuk to the other 353 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Alaska by rank and percentile using July 1, 2023 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 197 44th
Population Density # 185 48th
Median Household Income # 300 16th
Housing Affordability Index # 156 44th
Per Capita Income # 330 7th
Diversity Index # 278 22nd

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