Prudhoe Bay is a census-designated place located in North Slope Borough, Alaska. As of the 2000 census, the population of the CDP is 5. According to the United States Census Bureau, it is one of only 8 places in the United States with a population of five people. The others are Storrie, California, Bear Head Lake, Minnesota, Baker, Missouri, Gross, Nebraska, Odell Township, New Hampshire, Maza, North Dakota, and Somerset, Vermont.
Despite the low census figures, Prudhoe Bay is actually quite a busy place; at any moment, there are several thousand temporary workers running the Prudhoe Bay oil field or supporting it in some way. The airport, lodging, and general store are clustered in a location called Deadhorse, while the rigs and processing facilities are located on scattered gravel "pads" laid on top of the tundra. Winter is just as busy as summer, since only at that time is the surface hard enough to support heavy equipment, and so all new construction happens then.
A small number of tourists, many 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 extremely basic lodgings assembled from "modular" buildings.
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Alaska Clean SeasPhilosophy, health, safety, environmental practices, oil spill response, photos, links, weather, newsletter, drills and exercises.
Joy, Coldfoot, Deadhorse, and the Arco Polarbear ClubAdventure trip up the Dalton Highway to the Arctic Ocean, by Monroe, August 28, 1998.
NOAA Weather Data CollectionData inventory, verified data, weather and ocean data, predictions, bench marks, station information and data plots.
Polar Bears in AlaskaMap of polar bear activity in the Beaufort Sea area. Article by Steven C. Amstrup, Gerald W. Garner, and George M. Durner of the National Biological Service.
Prudhoe BayLodging, Alaska links, Chambers of Commerce list, community bulletin board, air services and business listings.
Prudhoe Bay Weather ForecastCurrent high and low temperature, four-day forecast, satellite images and outlook map.