Precipitation is heavy year-round, though markedly less in the summer months. The racial makeup of the city is 46.40% White, 0.69% African American, 10.47% Native American, 31.73% Asian, 0.93% Pacific Islander, 4.36% from other races, and 5.42% from two or more races.
8.54% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
The city has four public elementary schools, a middle and high school, as well as a branch of the University of Alaska.
An antenna farm at the summit of Pillar Mountain above the city historically provided communication with the outside world before fiber optic cable was run.
Transportation to and from the island is provided by ferry service on the Alaska Marine Highway as well as local commercial airlines. He was followed by the British captain James Cook fifteen years later, who first recorded "Kodiak" in his journals in 1778.
In 1792, the Russian Shelikhov-Golikov Company chief manager Alexander Baranov moved the post at Three Saints Bay (established in 1784) to a new site in Paul's Harbor ( A warehouse was built in what became one of the key posts of the Shelikhov-Golikov Company, a precursor of the Russian-American Company and a center for harvesting the area's vast population of sea otters for their prized pelts. Because the First Native cultures revered this animal and would never harm it, the Russians had wars with and enslaved the Aleuts during this era.
Males have a median income of $37,074 versus $30,049 for females. 7.4% of the population and 3.7% of families are below the poverty line.
Out of the total people living in poverty, 8.4% are under the age of 18 and 0.0% are 65 or older.When Alaska became a state in 1959, government assistance in housing, transportation, and education added additional benefits.In March 1964, a tectonic tsunami struck the city during the 1964 Alaska earthquake with 30-foot (9.1 m) waves that killed 15 people and caused million in damage.By the mid-19th century, the sea otter was almost extinct and 85% of the First Native population had disappeared from exposure to European diseases and violence.When Russia sold Alaska to the United States in 1867, Kodiak developed as a center for commercial fishing, and canneries dotted the island in the early 20th century until global farm-raised salmon eliminated these businesses.Eastern Orthodox missionaries settled on the island by the end of the 18th century, continuing European settlement of the island. The capital of Russian America was moved to Novoarkhangelsk (modern-day Sitka) in 1804.