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.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game maintains an office in the city and a website to help hunters and fishermen obtain the proper permits and learn about the laws specific to the Kodiak area.
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.
The average household size is 3.10 and the average family size is 3.64. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 120.6 males.
In the city, the population is spread out with 29.1% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 32.2% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 6.8% who are 65 years of age or older. The median income for a household in the city is ,142, and the median income for a family is ,484.