Alaska's Population Increases
January 25, 2013
Overall, most regions of Southeast Alaska showed growth in population. From 2010 to 2012, Prince of Wales' population increased by 212 people with an estimated population of 5,771. The City and Borough of Sitka's population increased by 203 people with an estimated population of 9,048. The City and Borough of Wrangell's population increased by 79 people with an estimated population of 2,448.
Statewide, Alaska’s population increased by 3.1 percent – or 22,067 people – from April 2010 to July 2012, based on population estimates released by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Alaska’s growth outpaced the United States as a whole, which grew 1.7 percent over the same period.
Of Alaska’s 29 boroughs and census areas, 26 grew between 2010 and 2012. The largest population increases were in the Municipality of Anchorage (7,016), Matanuska-Susitna Borough (4,806), Fairbanks North Star Borough (2,762), City and Borough of Juneau (1,557) and Kenai Peninsula Borough (1,356).
Among the state’s six economic regions, Anchorage/Mat-Su gained the most over the period (11,822) followed by Interior (3,090), Southeast (2,759), Gulf Coast (2,122), Southwest (1,407) and Northern (867).
A mix of natural increase – births minus deaths – and migration led to the population gains in Anchorage/Mat-Su, Gulf Coast and Southeast. Natural increase accounted for most of the growth in the Interior, Northern and Southwest regions.
Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews
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