2nd Class City
in the Wade Hampton Census Area
- Current Population
- Population Comment
- 2013 Department of Labor Estimate
- Pronunciation/Other Names
- (HOO-pur); a.k.a. Naparyarmiut
- Community's Judicial District
- Recording District
Geography and Climate
- Hooper Bay is located 20 miles south of Cape Romanzof and 25 miles south of Scammon Bay in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The city is separated into two sections: a heavily built-up townsite located on gently rolling hills and a newer section in the lowlands. Hooper Bay is located 500 miles west of Anchorage.
- The climate in Hooper Bay is maritime. The mean annual snowfall is 75 inches, with total precipitation of 16 inches. Temperatures range between -25 and 79 °F. Winter ice pack and winds often promote severe conditions. The Bering Sea is ice-free from late June through October.
- Community Map Available
- Map URL
- Sq Mi Land
- Sq Mi Water
History and Culture
- "Askinuk" or "Askinaghamiut" are the early Eskimo names for Hooper Bay. The village was first reported in 1878 by E.W. Nelson of the U.S. Signal Service. The 1890 Census found 138 persons living in 14 homes. The name Hooper Bay came into common usage after a post office with this name was established in 1934. The present-day Eskimo name "Naparyarmiut" is derived from the Napareayak slough - thus the Yupik village name Naparyarmiut means residents of Hooper Bay. The city government was incorporated in 1966.
- Hooper Bay is a large traditional Yup'ik Eskimo community. Commercial fishing and subsistence activities are the primary means of support. Members of the Village of Paimiut also live in Hooper Bay. A 1,352 square foot Youth and Elder Cultural Center was completed during the summer of 2006; the center provides an area for teaching crafts, marketing, gatherings, and language.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
- Name of Federally Recognized Tribe
- Native Village of Hooper Bay
- Local Option Restrictions
- Ban sale and importation of alcohol.
Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- Municipal Facilities & Utilities
- Watering Points, Flush/ Haul, Washeteria, Landfill, Dock, Police, State Funded Public Safety Officer(VPSO), Volunteer Fire, Bingo, Roads, Building Rentals, Equipment Rentals
- Residents of Hooper Bay rely on air and water transportation. Snow machines and ATVs are the primarily used for land transportation within the community and to nearby villages. The 3,300' long by 75' wide paved runway is state-owned. Barge lines deliver shipments of fuel and other bulk supplies throughout the summer. A fishing dock is available. Skiffs are used during summer for local transportation. Winter trails exist to Scammon Bay (32 mi), Chevak (20 mi), and Paimiut (14 mi).
- State Ferry
- Cargo Barge
- Road Connection
- Community's Senate District
- Community's House District