Prudhoe Bay, Alaska
|— CDP —|
|HMS Tireless on Prudhoe Bay|
|• Total||558.0 sq mi (1,445.3 km2)|
|• Land||416.3 sq mi (1,078.1 km2)|
|• Water||141.8 sq mi (367.2 km2)|
|Elevation||30 ft (9 m)|
|• Density||3.9/sq mi ( 1.5/km2)|
|Time zone||Alaska (AKST) (UTC-9)|
|• Summer (DST)||AKDT (UTC-8)|
|GNIS feature ID||1865563|
Prudhoe Bay (pron.: //) or Sagavanirktok[pronunciation?] is a census-designated place (CDP) located in North Slope Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. As of the 2010 census, the population of the CDP was 2,174 people; however, at any given time several thousand transient workers support the Prudhoe Bay oil field. The airport, lodging, and general store are located at Deadhorse; the rigs and processing facilities are located on scattered gravel pads laid atop the tundra. It is only during winter that the surface is hard enough to support heavy equipment and new construction happens at that time.
Prudhoe Bay is the unofficial northern terminus of the Pan-American Highway. The Bay itself is still 10 miles further North beyond a security checkpoint, so open water is not visible from the Highway. A few tourists, arriving by bus after a two-day ride up the Dalton Highway from Fairbanks, come to see the tundra, the Arctic Ocean, and the midnight sun, staying in lodgings assembled from modular buildings. Tours must be arranged in advance (photo ID required) to see the Arctic Ocean and the Bay itself.
Prudhoe Bay was named in 1826 by British explorer Sir John Franklin after his classmate Captain Algernon Percy, Baron Prudhoe. Franklin traveled along the coast from the mouth of the Mackenzie River almost to Point Barrow.
Prudhoe Bay is located at .
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 558.0 square miles (1,445 km2), of which, 416.3 square miles (1,078 km2) of it is land and 141.8 square miles (367 km2) of it is water. The total area is 25.40% water.
As of the 2000 census, there was one household in the town, consisting of one married couple with three children. There was one housing unit.
Prudhoe Bay oil field 
Prudhoe Bay is adjacent to the largest oil field in the United States.
See also 
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