Alaska Native Village
Exterior of Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Church
|Elevation||102 ft (31 m)|
|Time zone||UTC-9 (Alaska (AKST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-8 (AKDT)|
|Area code||907 (local prefix: 532)|
|GNIS feature ID||1418210|
Belkofoski is an unincorporated community and Alaska Native Village Statistical Area (ANVSA) in the Aleutians East Borough in Alaska. It has been uninhabited since the 1980s, reporting a population of zero in 1990, 2000 and 2010.
Russians originally settled Aleuts at Belkofski in 1823 to harvest sea otters in the area; at its height, it was the area's most important village. It was called "S(elo) Belkovskoe" from "belka," meaning "squirrel." In the 1880s, three stores were constructed, which were stocked with goods from San Francisco. There was a Russian Orthodox Holy Resurrection church built at that time as well. When the sea otter population diminished, so did the population. The economy switched to trapping wild game, and many people moved to the neighboring communities of Sand Point, Alaska and King Cove attracted the population away from the village. The last people left for King Cove in the 1980s; they brought everything with them and established a new Orthodox church there.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
Belkofski first appeared on the 1880 U.S. Census as the unincorporated village of Belkovsky with 268 residents (making it the 25th largest community in the Alaska Territory). It appeared as "Belkovsky" in 1890, as Belkofski Village in 1900, it did not report in 1910, and as Belkofski from 1920-1970, with the exception of 1940 when it was erroneously reported as "Balkofski." Beginning in 1980, it was classified as an "Alaska Native Village" and from 1990 through 2010 censuses as an Alaska Native Village Statistical Area (ANVSA), but on the last three censuses has reported a population of zero.
The area is in a maritime climate zone. Temperatures range from −13 to 78 °F (−25 to 26 °C). Average snowfall is 56 inches (1,400 mm), with an annual precipitation of 33 inches (840 mm) a year.
Generally 85 feet (26 m) above sea level.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
- www.alaska.hometownlocator.com[permanent dead link]
- Pictures from Belkofski, Alaska by Eubank, William R.