Alaska Population 2018
In 2018, the estimated population of Alaska is 738,068. The last nationwide census in the United States was carried out in 2010, when the population of Alaska was officially counted at 710,231 people. That figure represented a growth in population 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 2018 is 738,068.
Alaska Area and 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 density of just 1.2 people per square mile.
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).
From the 2010 Census to the 2015 estimates, Alaska grew at 3.97%, making it the 24th fastest growing state during that time period.
Age/Sex, Race, and Religion Median age is 33.6, with 47.7% females to 52.2% males.
In Alaska, Caucasians fill in 65.6% of the racial diversity, with Natives holding 14.1%, 6% Asian, 3.3% African American, and the rest being held by individuals reporting as two or more races or other.
In religious terms 62% of Alaskans relate to a Christian based faith, 6% with a non-Christian faith, and 31% having no affiliation with any religion.
Alaska Boundary History, Statehood, and Census History
Alaska was purchased from Russia in 1867, with essentially its present boundaries. "Skeptics had dubbed the purchase of Alaska “Seward’s Folly,” but the former Secretary of State was vindicated when a major gold deposit was discovered in the Yukon in 1896, and Alaska became the gateway to the Klondike gold fields" (Office of the Historian, 2018) 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).