Population: 86

Central is located at the junction of Steese Highway and Circle Hot Springs Road in Alaska.

Formerly called Central House, Central is situated on Crooked Creek and is the central point in the huge Circle Mining District, one of the oldest and still one of the most active districts in the state. Central is an unincorporated community in the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area. There is no school in Central.


Subarctic, characterized by seasonal extremes of temperature. Winters are long and harsh, and summers warm and short. The average high temperature during July ranges from 65 ̊ to 72°F. The average low temperature during January is well below zero. Extended periods of -50 ̊ to -60°F are common. Extreme temperatures have been measured, ranging from a low of -71 ̊ to a high of 97°F. Annual precipitation averages 6.5 inches, and annual snowfall averages 43.4 inches.


Services include gas/diesel, propane, snacks, restaurant, grocery store, lodging, gift shop with local crafts, laundry, showers, Wi-Fi and bar at Gold Country Services; open year-round.


The Circle District Historical Society Museum (pictured below), open during the summer months, has displays covering the history of the Circle Mining District and its people. Also here are a photo display of wildflowers, fossilized remains of pre-glacial mammals, a minerals display, library and archives, gift shop and visitor information. There is a collection of mining machinery in front of museum. A large barn beside the museum (which also serves as a community center) has displays of mining equipment, household items, antique toys and dogsleds. A large covered wagon offers photo op.

Public restrooms are located beyond the museum building on the left side and are open 7 days a week. $1 donation requested; members free. Museum is open Thursday– Monday, noon to 5 p.m., Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

A Farmers Market is held at the Circle District Historical Society Museum on Saturdays in summer.

The caribou migration path has taken them right through town.