Alaska Population 2016

The last nationwide census in the United States was carried out in 2010 and therefore the most recent set of confirmed population figures have to be traced back to that date. As far as Alaska is concerned, the findings from that census revealed there to be 710,231 people here and that figure represented an increase of 13.3% on the year 2000. In 2016, the estimated population of the state is 738,432.

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 given for 2016 are 738,432.

Alaska is currently the 24th fastest growing state at around 3.97% between the 2010 Census and 2015 estimates.

Alaska Population Density

Those figures make Alaska the 47th largest state in the country. Also bear in mind that with a massive surface area of 663,268 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. You can read more about the United States 2013 Population in our summary article.

Largest cities in Alaska

As you would imagine, there aren't many big cities in Alaska. In total, there are only 26 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. Other than that, though, 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 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, pgold rushes in Alaska](http://www.historynet.com/klondike-gold-rush) 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 Alaska population had grown to 72,524.

Post war boom

Further periods of extensive growth were to follow however and some significant rises in the Alaska population were still to take place. In 1950, the official statistics showed that there were 128,643 people resident here, a rise of 77.4% on the 1940 figures and by 1960 numbers had increased by a further 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.

Alaska Population in 2016 Source: Alan Wu

Alaska Facts

  • 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.

Population Data via US Census

Year Population % Change Rank
2020 745,362 0.19% 48
2019 743,976 0.19% 48
2018 742,590 0.19% 48
2017 741,204 0.19% 48
2016 739,818 0.19% 48
2015 738,432 0.19% 48
2014 737,046 -0.05% 48
2013 737,442 0.85% 47
2012 731,228 1.18% 47
2011 722,720 1.76% 47
2010 710,231 1.26% 47
2000 626,932 1.32% 48
1990 550,043 3.19% 49
1980 401,851 2.95% 50
1970 300,382 2.88% 50
1960 226,167 5.80% 50
1950 128,643 5.90% 50
1940 72,524 2.04% 50
1930 59,278 0.75% 50
1920 55,036 -1.55% 50
1910 64,356 7.22% 50
1900 32,052 -0.42% 50
1890 33,426 0.00% 49
Alaska Population by Race
Race Population Percentage
White 483,873 68.13%
Black or African American 24,441 3.44%
American Indian and Alaska Native 106,268 14.96%
Asian 38,882 5.47%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 7,662 1.08%
Two or more races 49,105 6.91%
Languages Spoken in Alaska
Language Population Percentage
Population 5 years and over 665,954 100.00%
Spanish 22,425 3.40%
Yupik 19,360 2.90%
Inupik 6,255 0.90%
German 3,660 0.50%
Samoan 3,555 0.50%
French 2,165 0.30%
Chinese 1,410 0.20%
Athapascan 1,175 0.20%
Eskimo 1,160 0.20%
Alaska County Populations
County Population Rank
Anchorage Municipality 298,695 1
Matanuska-Susitna Borough 101,095 2
Fairbanks North Star Borough 99,631 3
Kenai Peninsula Borough 58,059 4
Juneau City and Borough 32,756 5
Bethel Census Area 17,946 6
Kodiak Island Borough 13,889 7
Ketchikan Gateway Borough 13,709 8
Nome Census Area 9,846 9
North Slope Borough 9,687 10
Valdez-Cordova Census Area 9,362 11
Sitka City and Borough 8,863 12
Kusilvak Census Area 8,119 13
Northwest Arctic Borough 7,752 14
Southeast Fairbanks Census Area 6,839 15
Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area 6,341 16
Aleutians West Census Area 5,702 17
Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area 5,533 18
Dillingham Census Area 4,997 19
Aleutians East Borough 3,341 20
Petersburg Borough 3,177 21
Haines Borough 2,534 22
Wrangell City and Borough 2,382 23
Hoonah-Angoon Census Area 2,133 24
Denali Borough 1,919 25
Lake and Peninsula Borough 1,563 26
Skagway Municipality 1,057 27
Bristol Bay Borough 892 28
Yakutat City and Borough 613 29