2nd Class City
in the Northwest Arctic Borough
- Area Type
- Current Population
- Population Comment
- 2013 DCCED Certified Estimate
- Pronunciation/Other Names
- (nor' vick)
- Community's Judicial District
- Recording District
- Census Designated Place (CDP)
- Borough/Census Area FIPS Code
- Place FIPS
Geography and Climate
- Noorvik is located on the right bank of the Nazuruk Channel of the Kobuk River, 33 miles northwest of Selawik and 45 miles east of Kotzebue. The village is downriver from the 1.7-million acre Kobuk Valley National Park.
- The community is located in the transitional climate zone. Temperatures average -10 to 15 °F during winter and 40 to 65 °F during summer. Temperature extremes have been recorded from -54 to 87 °F. Annual snowfall averages 60 inches, with 16 inches of total precipitation. The Kobuk River is navigable from early June to mid-October.
- Community Map Available
- Map URL
- Sq Mi Land
- Sq Mi Water
History and Culture
- Noorvik means "a place that is moved to." The village was established by Kowagmuit Inupiat Eskimo fishermen and hunters from Deering in the early 1900s. The village was also settled by people from Oksik, a few miles upriver. A post office was established in 1937. The city government was incorporated in 1964.
- Noorvik is primarily an Inupiat Eskimo community with a subsistence lifestyle.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
- Name of Federally Recognized Tribe
- Noorvik Native Community
- Local Option Restrictions
- Ban sale and importation of alcohol.
Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- Municipal Facilities & Utilities
- Piped Water, Piped Sewar, Electric(AVEC), Refuse Collection, Landfill, Health Clinic, Volunteer Fire, Public Safety Building, Roads, Ice Roads, Bingo/Pull Tabs, Equipment, Office and Shop Rental
- Noorvik is accessible by plane and by shallow-draft vessels, with no roads connection to other communities. The state-owned Robert (Bob) Curtis Memorial Airport has a lighted gravel runway. Several regional air taxis provide service to Kotzebue and surrounding cities. Crowley Marine Services barges fuel and supplies during the summer. Boats, ATVs, and snow machines are common means of transportation locally. Construction of two new roads, one from the old airport that will connect to the new Airport road, and the other connecting to the school, is scheduled for the summer of 2014. During the spring break up, some roads have been impacted by flooding or erosion.
- State Ferry
- Cargo Barge
- Road Connection
- Community's Senate District
- Community's House District
- Incorporation Type
- 2nd Class City