2nd Class City
in the Kodiak Island Borough
- Area Type
- Current Population
- Population Comment
- 2013 DCCED Certified Estimate
- Pronunciation/Other Names
- (lar' sun)
- Census Designated Place (CDP)
- Borough/Census Area FIPS Code
- Place FIPS
Election, Recording, and Judicial Districts
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Facilities and Amenities
- Municipal Facilities & Utilities
- Piped Water, Piped Sewar, Electric, Refuse Collection, Landfill, Dock, Airport (State Contract), Fuel Sales, Volunteer Fire, Fire Station, Library, Community Hall, Youth Center & Gym, Roads, State Funded Public Safety Officer (VPSO)
Geography and Climate
- Larsen Bay is located on Larsen Bay, on the northwest coast of Kodiak Island. It is 60 miles southwest of the City of Kodiak and 283 miles southwest of Anchorage.
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- The climate of the Kodiak Islands is dominated by a strong marine influence. There is moderate precipitation, frequent cloud cover and fog, and little or no freezing weather. Severe storms are common from December through February. Average annual precipitation is 23 inches. Temperatures remain within a narrow range, from 32 to 62 °F.
History and Culture
- The area is thought to have been inhabited for at least 2,000 years. Hundreds of artifacts have been uncovered in the area. Russian fur traders frequented the island in the mid-1700s. The bay was named for Peter Larsen, an Unga Island furrier, hunter, and guide. In the early 1800s, there was a tannery in Uyak Bay. The present-day Natives are Alutiiq (Russian-Aleuts). The Alaska Packers Association built a cannery in the village in 1911. The city was incorporated in 1974.
- The economy of Larsen Bay is primarily based on fishing. In 2011, ten residents held commercial fishing permits. There are very few year-round employment opportunities. A large majority of the population depends on subsistence activities. Salmon, halibut, seal, sea lion, clams, crab, and deer are harvested. Six lodges host visitors and provide a tourist guide service.
- Indigenous Language
- Federally Recognized Tribe
- Name of Federally Recognized Tribe
- Native Village of Larsen Bay
- Incorporation Type
- 2nd Class City
- Public Education
- Not permitted to provide this service.
- Planning, Platting and Land Use Regulation
- Not required to exercise the powers in any circumstance, but may be permitted in all cases in the manner described for first class cities.
- Property Tax Powers
- May tax up to 20 mills, except where a higher levy is required to avoid default. Voter approval required.
- Sales Tax Powers
- No limit on the rate of levy of sales taxes; however, voter approval is required.
- Other Powers Not Prohibited
- May exercise other powers not prohibited by law.
- City Council or Assembly Composition and Apportionment
- 7 members elected at-large, except the council may provide for election other than at-large.
- Election and Term of Mayor
- Elected from the city council for a 1-year term, unless a longer term is provided by ordinance. Mayor selected by council (or by voters upon adoption of ordinance).
- Vote by Mayor
- Votes on all matters.
- Veto Power of the Mayor
- Does not have veto power.
- Power of Eminent Domain
- Permitted, but requires voter approval.
- Ability to Attain Home-Rule Status
- May not adopt home-rule charter without first reclassifying to a first-class city.
- Larsen Bay is accessible by water or air only. No roads connect the community with any other on Kodiak Island. Docking facilities are available. In 2002, a small boat harbor was completed. A cargo barge arrives every six weeks from Seattle. The State of Alaska operates a gravel airstrip and a seaplane base. Regular and charter flights are available from Kodiak to Larsen Bay.
- State Ferry
- Cargo Barge
- Road Connection