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Alaska State Profile

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Population

  • With 663,661 residents in 2005, Alaska is the 4th least populated state in the U.S.
  • The total population of Alaska grew 5.9 percent from 2000 to 2005 – a growth rate above the U.S. average of 5.3 percent.
  • The population in Alaska is becoming slightly more diverse. The percentage of Whites is declining and the percentages of minorities are growing (see below).

Distribution (%) of Total Population by Race/Ethnicity from 2000 to 2005
Race/Ethnicity 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
White 67.8% 67.5% 67.2% 66.9% 66.8% 66.5%
Hispanic, Latino 4.1% 4.3% 4.6% 4.8% 4.9% 5.1%
African-American 3.4% 3.4% 3.4% 3.4% 3.4% 3.4%
Native American, AK Native 15.6% 15.7% 15.6% 15.6% 15.6% 15.7%
Asian, Pacific Islander 4.5% 4.6% 4.7% 4.9% 4.9% 5.0%
Two or More Races 4.5% 4.5% 4.4% 4.4% 4.4% 4.4%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates

Alaska - Cities and Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)

  • Anchorage is the most populated city in Alaska with 351,049 residents in 2005 – the 138th largest metropolitan area in the U.S.
  • Fairbanks, the second largest city in AK, had 87,560 residents in 2005 – the 349th largest city in the U.S.

Alaska - Income and Poverty

  • In 2004, Alaska had the 16th highest personal income per capita among the 50 states ($34,000 per resident).
  • Historically, Alaska’s personal income per capita peaked at 173 percent of the U.S. average in 1975 and has fallen dramatically in the past three decades to just above the U.S. average in 2004 (see below).

Personal Income per Capita in Alaska as a Percent of the U.S. Average from 1960 to 2004
Alaska per capita income map
Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

  • Among the 50 states, Alaska has the 17th lowest percentage of its total population living in poverty (11.2%) and the 16th lowest percentage of children under 18 living in poverty (14.5%) – 2005 American Community Survey.

Alaska - Educational Attainment

  • In 2005, Alaska ranked 5th among the 50 states in the percentage of its adults aged 25 to 64 with at least high school diploma (93.0%).
  • Alaska ranked 24th in the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher (28.0%) and 21st in the percentage with a graduate or professional degree (10.0%).
  • Relative to the U.S. average, Alaska has larger percentages of adults who have completed just a high school diploma and some college but no degree, and smaller percentages in the other educational attainment categories (see below).

Educational Attainment of 25 to 64 Year Olds in 2005 – Alaska and the U.S. Average
Alaska education attainment
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

Alaska - Workforce and Economy

  • In 2005, Alaska had the 4th highest unemployment rate of all states – 6.8 percent compared to the U.S. average of 5.1 percent. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Relative to the U.S. average, Alaska has larger percentages of its workforce employed in management, professional, farming and fishing and forestry, and construction and extraction occupations (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • By industry in Alaska – relative to the U.S. average – there are larger percentages of employment in public administration, education and healthcare, transportation and warehousing, retail trade, construction, and agriculture industries (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • Alaska ranked 31st among the states on the Progressive Policy Institute’s 2002 State New Economy Index – an index that measures the degree to which states are structured according to the new “knowledge-based” economy. (Located at: http://www.neweconomyindex.org/states/index.html)

Alaska - Health and Well-Being

  • 17.0 percent of Alaska residents do not have health insurance – the 13th highest percentage in the U.S. (2005 Current Population Survey)
  • 23.6 percent of Alaska residents are overweight enough to be labeled obese – the 21st highest rate in the U.S. and slightly higher than the national average of 23.1 percent (Centers for Disease Control)
  • In Alaska, 198 per 100,000 residents died of cancer during the years 2000 to 2002 – below the U.S. rate of 204 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • A higher proportion of Alaska residents (275 of 100,000) died of cardiovascular complications from 2000 to 2002 – but substantially lower than the national rate of 333 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • On the 2005 America’s Health Rankings (United Health Foundation), Alaska ranked 30th among the states in overall health. The state rankings and measures can be accessed at http://www.unitedhealthfoundation.org/ahr2005.html.

Alaska - Crime and Corrections

  • In 2004, Alaska had the 5th highest rate of violent crime among the 50 states (635 incidences per 100,000 residents). The U.S. rate was 466 incidences per 100,000 residents. (FBI, Uniform Crime Reports)
  • In the same year, there were 3,383 incidences of property crime per 100,000 residents in Alaska – the 27th highest rate among states and below the U.S. average of 3,517.
  • Alaska had the 5th highest incarceration rate per capita among states in 2004 – with 692 prisoners under federal and state jurisdiction per 100,000 residents. The rate of incarceration in Alaska has remained well above the U.S. rate since 1980 (see below).

Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – Alaska and the U.S. Average
Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – Alaska and the U.S. Average
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

Alaska Counties

For Alaska, the county equivalent boundaries are called Boroughs and Census Areas. State averages often mask vast disparities within states. For example, the personal income per capita in Alaska ranges from $15,003 in the Wade Hampton Census Area to $43,720 in Bristol Bay Borough. Also, the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher ranges from 5.0 percent in Aleutians East Borough to 37.1 percent in Juneau Borough (a ratio of more than 7 to 1).

It is important to display regional and county differences. Many of these data are available to MyOnlineMaps.com subscribers at the state and county levels – and can be used to generate state and county maps or to download for research purposes. Furthermore, the “Resources” section of MyonlineMaps.com contains links to these and other valuable data sources.

Alaska Counties

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