Rankin Inlet ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᖅ is an Inuit hamlet on Kudlulik Peninsula in Nunavut, Canada. As of the 2006 census the population was 2,358, an increase of 8.3% from the 2001 census. It is the second-most populated community in Nunavut (behind the capital of Iqaluit). The hamlet has a land area of 20.24 km² (7.8 sq mi). In the 1995 Nunavut capital plebiscite, Iqaluit defeated Rankin Inlet to become territorial capital of Nunavut.