1st Class City
in the Aleutians East Borough
- Area Type
- Current Population
- Population Comment
- 2013 DCCED Certified Estimate
- Pronunciation/Other Names
- a.k.a. Agdaagux
- Census Designated Place (CDP)
- Borough/Census Area FIPS Code
- Place FIPS
Election, Recording, and Judicial Districts
- Senate District
- House District
- Judicial District
- Recording District
- Aleutian Islands
Facilities and Amenities
- Municipal Facilities & Utilities
- Piped Water, Piped Sewar, Electric, Refuse Collection, Landfill, Police, Volunteer Fire/EMS & Rescue, Harbor/Port, Roads (BIA Contract). Recreation, Planning, Public Works, Equipment Rental
Geography and Climate
- King Cove is located on the south side of the Alaska Peninsula, on a sand spit fronting Deer Passage and Deer Island. It is 18 miles southeast of Cold Bay and 625 miles southwest of Anchorage.
- King Cove lies in the maritime climate zone. Temperatures average 25 to 55 °F, with extremes from -9 to 76 °F. Annual snowfall averages 52 inches, and total annual precipitation averages 33 inches. Fog during summer and high winds during winter can limit accessibility.
- Community Map Available
- Map URL
- Sq Mi Land
- Sq Mi Water
History and Culture
- King Cove was founded in 1911 when Pacific American Fisheries built a salmon cannery. Early settlers were Unangan, Scandinavian, and other European fishermen. Of the first ten founding families, five consisted of a European father and an Aleut mother. The city was incorporated in 1949. The cannery operated continuously between 1911 and 1976, when it was partially destroyed by fire. The adoption of the 200-mile fisheries limit spurred rebuilding. King Cove remains tied to fishing and fish processing.
- Scandinavians have historically influenced the cultural, economic, and social structures. King Cove is a mixed non-Native and Unangan community.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
- Name of Federally Recognized Tribe
- Agdaagux Tribe of King Cove, Native Village of Belkofski
- Incorporation Type
- 1st Class City
- Public Education
- Not permitted to provide this service.
- Planning, Platting and Land Use Regulation
- May be permitted to exercise the powers in accordance with AS 29.40.
- Property Tax Powers
- May tax up to 30 mills, except where a higher levy is necessary to avoid default on debt. Voter approval is not required under State law; however, stricter limitations can be imposed at the local level.
- Sales Tax Powers
- No limit on the rate of levy of sales taxes, but voter approval is required.
- Other Powers Not Prohibited
- May exercise other powers not prohibited by law.
- City Council or Assembly Composition and Apportionment
- 6 members elected at-large, except the council may provide for election other than at-large.
- Election and Term of Mayor
- Elected at large for a 3-year term, unless a different term not to exceed 4 years is provided by ordinance.
- Vote by Mayor
- May vote to break a tie vote on the city council.
- Veto Power of the Mayor
- Has veto power, except veto is not permitted of ordinance prohibiting posession of alcohol.
- Power of Eminent Domain
- Permitted by statute.
- Ability to Attain Home-Rule Status
- Voters may adopt home-rule charter.
- King Cove is accessible by air and sea only. A state-owned gravel runway is available. Gale force crosswinds are common, as the airport lies in a valley between two volcanic peaks. Currently a hovercraft provides regular service to nearby Cold Bay, which enjoys more stable flying conditions. Cold Bay Airport also has a longer runway allowing the airport to handle larger planes. A high priority for local transportation has long been construction of an access road between King Cove and Cold Bay to provide a more reliable link to the outside world during emergencies. As of the Fall of 2012, the City of King Cove awaited a final decision on a proposed land transfer that would allow the access road to be extended directly to Cold Bay. In addition to air travel and limited road access, the state ferry provides bi-monthly service to King Cove between May and October. In addition, one public deep-water dock is available in King Cove. The dock can be used by fuel and cargo barges, the state ferry, and large fishing vessels. In addition, a new harbor is operated by the City and provides additional moorage for larger vessels ranging between 60 and 150 feet in length.
- State Ferry
- Cargo Barge
- Road Connection