Alaska Population 2017
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).