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.Among the companies based in Kodiak is Koniag, Incorporated.
All commercial transportation between the entire island and the outside world goes through this city either via ferryboat or airline. Harvesting of the area's sea otter pelts led to the near extinction of the animal in the following century and led to wars with and enslavement of the natives for over 150 years.
There are 1,996 households out of which 40.2% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.1% are married couples living together, 10.3% have a woman whose husband does not live with her, and 31.8% are non-families.
24.2% of all households are made up of individuals and 5.4% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older.
Some areas near Kodiak were permanently raised by 30 feet (9.1 m).
It wiped out the neighboring Native villages of Old Harbor and Kaguyak.