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Alaska's Population Increases


January 25, 2013
Friday AM

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - Ketchikan Gateway Borough's population has increased by 461 people since 2010, according the the Alaska Department of Labor. The population of the Ketchikan Borough is now estimated to be 13,938, with 8,291 of that number living in the City of Ketchikan (population increase 241 of the 461). In 2010, the Ketchikan Borough's population was estimated at 13,477 with 8,050 of that number living in the city.

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.

jpg Alaska's Population Increases
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Chart courtesy Alaska Department of Labor

The largest population increase in Southeast Alaska was in Juneau with its population increasing by 1,557 people. Juneau's estimated total population is 32,832. Skagway (-7) and Yakutat (-40) were the only two areas in Southeast to show a population loss.

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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