Population of Alaska 2021

Population

In 2015 there were 738,432 residents in Alaska. 66.7% of these were Euro-Americans (“whites”), 14.8% Indigenous (Indians, Eskimo and Aleutians, highest percentage in the USA), 5.5% Hispanics or Latinos, 5.4% Asian Americans, 3.3 % African American and 0.6% Hawaiian or Pacific Islander. There are 258,058 households.

The largest city by far is Anchorage (291,866 residents), but the capital is the much smaller Juneau (31,225 residents).

The age structure of Alaska is composed as follows:

  • up to 18 years: 132,440 (18.7%)
  • 18–64 years: 522,853 (73.6%)
  • from 65 years: 54,938 (7.7%)

The median age is 33.8 years. 52.0% of the population is male and 48.0% is female.

Ancestry

15.1% of the population are of German descent, that is around 49,000 and thus constitute the largest group. This is followed by the Irish (10.6%), English (8.2%) and Norwegian (3.6%) groups relatively low at 1.1%. Today, their legacy is mainly reflected in numerous toponyms and field names. An exception is the locality (CDP) Nikolaevsk on the Kenai Peninsula, where in 2000 two thirds of the population still spoke Russian on a daily basis.

Religions

The religious communities with the largest number of members in 2000 were the Catholic Church with 54,359 and the Southern Baptist Convention with 22,959 followers. It is followed by the Orthodox Church with approximately 20,000 members and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with 19,019 members. In statistical surveys, 33% of US citizens living in Alaska said they belonged to a religious denomination. The various evangelical churches together have around 78,000 followers.

The comparatively high number of Orthodox Christians can be traced back to the proselytizing of the native Indians during the Russian colonial period. Most of the Orthodox Christians in Alaska have Native American ancestors.

Top Counties by Population in Alaska

Rank County Name Population Population Density (per km²)
1 Anchorage 291,856 66.02
2 Matanuska-Susitna Borough 106,449 1.66
3 Fairbanks North Star Borough 95,909 5.05
4 Unorganized Borough 76,545 0.10
5 Kenai Peninsula Borough 58,378 1.41
6 Juneau 31,997 4.57
7 Ketchikan Gateway Borough 13,750 1.09
8 Kodiak Island Borough 13,012 0.76
9 North Slope Borough 9,897 0.04
10 Sitka 8,543 1.15
11 Northwest Arctic Borough 7,726 0.08
12 Petersburg Borough 3,237 0.43
13 Aleutians East Borough 2,949 0.16
14 Haines Borough 2,527 0.42
15 Wrangell 2,411 0.36
16 Denali Borough 1,871 0.06
17 Lake and Peninsula Borough 1,633 0.03
18 Skagway 1,106 0.98
19 Bristol Bay Borough 880 0.71
20 Yakutat 551 0.03

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