Kotzebue is the service and transportation center for all villages in the northwest region. It has a healthy cash economy, a growing private sector, and a stable public sector. The majority of income is directly or indirectly related to government employment, such as the School District, Maniilaq Association, the City and Borough.

Commercial fishing for chum salmon, and processing at Kotzebue Sound Area Fisheries, provide some seasonal employment. 131 residents hold commercial fishing permits. Most residents rely on subsistence to supplement income. Kotzebue is on the Baldwin Peninsula in Kotzebue Sound, on a 3-mile-long spit, which ranges in width from 1,100 to 3,600 feet. The community is located in the Kotzebue Recording District. The area encompasses 27 sq. miles of land and 18 sq. miles of water.

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