Barrow, Alaska is the headquarters for Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation (UIC). Barrow is unique in that it is the northernmost community in America and the largest village on the Arctic Slope. Barrow is home to around 4,500 people, the majority of whom are Iñupiat – Alaskan Natives. Temperatures are usually below freezing from October to May, and in mid-November, the sun drops below the horizon, not to be seen again until late January. Barrow was incorporated as a first-class city in 1958 – and although it is a modern community, subsistence hunting, fishing and whaling are still very important to the local economy and many residents continue to hunt and fish for their food.
Ready to see Barrow in real time? Here’s the Barrow Sea Ice Web Cam.