Kupreanof, Alaska

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Kupreanof is located in Alaska
Location in Alaska
Coordinates: 56°49′21″N 132°58′57″W / 56.82250°N 132.98250°W / 56.82250; -132.98250Coordinates: 56°49′21″N 132°58′57″W / 56.82250°N 132.98250°W / 56.82250; -132.98250
Country United States
State Alaska
Borough Petersburg
Incorporated 1975[1]
 • Mayor Tom Reinarts
 • State senator Bert Stedman (R)
 • State rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins (D)
 • Total 6.1 sq mi (15.8 km2)
 • Land 4.0 sq mi (10.4 km2)
 • Water 2.1 sq mi (5.4 km2)
Elevation 10 ft (3 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 23
 • Density 5.7/sq mi (2.2/km2)
Time zone Alaska (AKST) (UTC-9)
 • Summer (DST) AKDT (UTC-8)
Area code 907
FIPS code 02-42160
GNIS feature ID 1424959, 2419419

Kupreanof is a city at the eastern shore of Kupreanof Island in the Petersburg Borough, in the U.S. state of Alaska. The population was 23 at the 2000 census, making it the smallest incorporated city in the state.[2]


Among the incorporators of Kupreanof were former longtime and much beloved Petersburg Grade School Principal Harold Bergman. Kupreanof was once called West Petersburg and was a thriving community of fur farms and commercial fishermen in the early to mid -20th century. Gradually most residents moved over to the larger, more metropolitan city of Petersburg. The 29th 'resident' of Kupreanof, according to the 2010 census, is Robert Magnus Thorstenson, Jr., although he technically lives where his voting and PFD residence is — actually in Juneau. Thorstenson purchased the old Lyons and Birch homesteads in 2009. He is a 4th generation Alaskan whose family first moved to Petersburg in 1903.

The longtime Petersburg dentist, Richard Sprague, lives on Sasby Island along with his wife, Sharon, in the city limits of Kupreanof. Currently the mayor of Kupreanof is Tom Reinarts.

Kupreanof remained a separate municipality when the Petersburg Borough incorporated, unlike the neighboring city of Petersburg. However, Kupreanof now lies inside the Petersburg Borough, whereas before, it was a home-rule city inside the unorganized Petersburg Census Area.

Robert "Bobby" Dolan was mayor of Kupreanof for over 40 years.


Kupreanof is located at 56°49′21″N 132°58′57″W / 56.82250°N 132.98250°W / 56.82250; -132.98250 (56.822384, -132.982506).[3] It is across the Wrangell Narrows from Petersburg on Mitkof Island.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.1 square miles (16 km2), of which, 4.0 square miles (10 km2) of it is land and 2.1 square miles (5.4 km2) of it (34.32%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 47
1990 23 −51.1%
2000 23 0.0%
2010 27 17.4%
Est. 2015 27 [4] 0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 23 people, 12 households, and 6 families residing in the city. The population density was 5.7 people per square mile (2.2/km²). There were 26 housing units at an average density of 6.5 per square mile (2.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.30% White, 4.35% Asian, and 4.35% from two or more races.

There were 12 households out of which 16.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, and 50.0% were non-families. 50.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.92 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the city population was spread out with 17.4% under the age of 18, 4.3% from 18 to 24, 21.7% from 25 to 44, 47.8% from 45 to 64, and 8.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 91.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 111.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $45,833, and the median income for a family was $100,470. Males had a median income of $51,250 versus $0 for females. The per capita income for the city was $26,650. None of the population and none of the families were below the poverty line.


  1. ^ 1996 Alaska Municipal Officials Directory. Juneau: Alaska Municipal League/Alaska Department of Community and Regional Affairs. January 1996. p. 89. 
  2. ^ "Population of all Alaska cities". Alaska.com. Retrieved June 18, 2006. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.