Alaska Population 2017

746,079

In 2017, the estimated population of Alaska is 746,079. The last nationwide census in the United States was carried out in 2010, when the population of Alaska was counted at 710,231 people. That figure represented an increase of 13.3% from the year 2000.

Since the 2010 census results were announced, the United States Census Bureau have announced a further estimates of the population in 2011 (722,718) and 2012 (731,449). The most recent estimate for 2017 is 746,079.

From the 2010 Census to the 2015 estimates, Alaska grew at 3.97%, making it the 24th fastest growing state during that time period.

Alaska Population Density

The current population of Alaska ranks the state 48th in the country in total population. With a massive surface area of 665,384 square miles, Alaska is by far the largest state in the US. It's obvious that Alaska is also by far the most sparsely populated state in the Union, with an average of just 1.2 people per square mile.

Largest cities in Alaska

As you would imagine, there aren't many big cities in Alaska. In total, there are just 29 cities and towns with a population of more than 1,000 people.

The largest, Anchorage, was home to 298,695 people in 2015, making it the 82nd largest city in the USA. Aside from Anchorage, there are only two cities with a population of more than 10,000 people - Juneau, the State capital, (pop: 32,756) and Fairbanks (pop: 32,325).

Alaska Population History

Alaska was purchased from Russia in 1867, with essentially its present boundaries. It was made a territory in 1912 and admitted as a State on January 3, 1959.

Census coverage of Alaska began in 1880. For the censuses of 1930 and 1940, Alaska actually was enumerated in the fall of the preceding year (1929, 1939).

Alaska Population Chart

Alaska Population Growth

Back in 1880, shortly after Alaska had been acquired from Russia, the population of Alaska was declared at 33,426. Like many areas within the United States, it has enjoyed healthy growth ever since and just twenty years later in 1900, numbers had risen to 63,592, nearly double those of 1880.

Around this period, gold rushes in Alaska and the nearby Yukon brought many thousands of new settlers just as similar finds had brought in immigrants to the rest of America. Alaska began to thrive and by 1940, the population of Alaska had grown to 72,524.

Post war boom

More periods of extensive growth followed, and some significant rises in the Alaska population were on the horizon. In 1950, the official statistics showed that there were 128,643 residents, a rise of 77.4% on the 1940 figures and by 1960, a year after Alaska became the 49th state, numbers had increased by an additional 75.8% to 226,167.

That was the last time that such a rise took place in regards to decade on decade figures but the population of Alaska continues to grow at a healthy rate, considerably faster than the US average.

Population Data via US Census

Alaska Growth Rate

Alaska Population Rank

Year Pop % Change
2020758,6340.55%
2019754,4490.56%
2018750,2640.56%
2017746,0790.56%
2016741,8940.57%
2015737,7090.14%
2014736,705-0.02%
2013736,8790.79%
2012731,0891.16%
2011722,7131.76%
2010710,2311.26%
2000626,9321.32%
1990550,0433.19%
1980401,8512.95%
1970300,3822.88%
1960226,1675.80%
1950128,6435.90%
194072,5242.04%
193059,2780.75%
192055,036-1.55%
191064,3567.22%
190032,052-0.42%
189033,4260.00%

Alaska Facts

Alaska Population in 2018Source: Alan Wu

  • 17 of the 20 highest mountain peaks in the United States are located in Alaska.
  • There are over 70 volcanoes in Alaska that could still be active. The last volcanic eruption in the state occurred in 1912.
  • There are over 3 million lakes and 3,000 rivers located within the state.
  • The strongest earthquake on the North American continent occurred in 1964. The earthquake measured a 9.2 on the Richter scale.
  • Alaska is located less than 50 miles from Russia.
  • Alaska is known for its cold winters, and the average temperature in Fairbanks in January is -1 degree Fahrenheit. That is warm compared to the lowest recorded temperature of -80 degrees Fahrenheit, recorded in 1971 at Prospect Creek Camp.
  • Twenty-five percent of the oil produced in the US comes from Alaska.
  • The largest salmon ever caught -- a whopping 97.5 pounds -- was caught in the state's Kenai River.
  • Alaska's area is so big, the state of Rhode Island could fit within it 425 times.
  • "Alaska native" refers to original inhabitants from the Aleut, Eskimo and Indian groups.

Alaska Population Density by County

Anchorage Municipality

  • Population298,312
  • Density174.79 per sq km
  • Growth Since 20101.67%
  • State Rank1
  • % of State40.44%

Alaska Population Growth Rate by County