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.
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).
Alaska Population 2014
The official 2013 population estimate hasn’t yet been announced, but if a similar level of growth is seen, the population of Alaska in 2013 will be just over 740,000. Alaska is currently the 6th fastest growing state at around 1.48%, which would put an estimate for 2013 at 742,295.
Alaska Population Density
Those figures make Alaska the 47th largest state in the country. When you 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 1.26 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 291,826 people in 2010, making it the 64th 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: 31,275) and Fairbanks (pop: 31,535).
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 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.
Population Data via US Census