Anchorage, Alaska Population 2019
Anchorage is a unified home rule municipality in southcentral Alaska. Anchorage is the northernmost city in the U.S. and the most populous city in Alaska with an estimated population of 291,538.
Anchorage Population Comparison
Anchorage has a population estimated at 291,538, up from 291,000 in 2010. Anchorage is not populated densely with just 171 people per square mile. More than 40% of Alaska's population lives in the city. Of the 50 states, only New York has a higher percentage of residents living in its largest city. The Anchorage metropolitan area, which includes Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, has a population estimated at 385,000, which is the 134th largest metro area in the United States.
Anchorage Common National Ancestries
Common national ancestries in Anchorage include German (17.3%), Irish (10.8%), English (9.1%), Scandinavian (6.9%), and French/French Canadian (5.6%). Of the Scandinavians in Anchorage, 3.6% are Norwegian, 2.2% are Sweden and 0.6% are Danish.
The first description of Anchorage comes from an explorer in 1778, named Captain James Cook. While he first explored the area, Russians were the first to inhabit the space. Their inhabitation began in 1784 and Russia established a presence in the area in the 19th century, although the United States brokered a deal in 1867 to purchase the state from Imperial Russia for $7.2 million, or two cents per acre. In 1888, gold was discovered in the area, and Alaska became a U.S. territory in 1912. Anchorage itself did not have any essential metal minerals like gold, and only two white men were reported to have lived in the area in 1910 before a large group of settlers.
In 1914, railroad headquarters were built in the area and Anchorage quickly began growing in size. It was incorporated in 1920, and the Alaska Railroad was completed in 1923. By the 1930s and 50s, Anchorage went through substantial growth as the military and air transportation industries grew in importance. In the late 1960s, oil was discovered nearby, and an oil boom spurred more significant growth in the city.
Anchorage Population Growth
Anchorage is currently preparing to experience the greatest growth spurt in its history, with growth that will relieve demand for office space and housing that has driven up rent and mortgage costs n the city. Modest population and economic growth is expected for Anchorage as employment goes up, population climbs steadily, personal income improves, and oil prices continue to rise.
Anchorage, Alaska's estimated population is 291,538 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Anchorage, Alaska is the 1st largest city in Alaska based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.
The population density is 170.85 people/mi² (65.97 people/km²).
The overall median age is 33.1 years, 32.3 years for males, and 33.9 years for females. For every 100 females there are 104.4 males.
Based on data from the American Community Survey, in 2017 there were 115,748 households in the city, with an average size of 2.74 people per household. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.4%, with a median rent of $1261/month. The median house has 5.2 rooms, and has a value of $304,500.
The median income for households in Anchorage, Alaska is $82,271, while the mean household income is $105,010.
According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Anchorage was:
- White: 63.65%
- Two or more races: 9.73%
- Asian: 9.33%
- Native American: 7.27%
- Black or African American: 5.48%
- Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 2.37%
- Other race: 2.17%