Anchorage, Alaska Population 2018

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 2014 population of 304,000.

Anchorage has a population estimated at 304,000, up from 291,000 in 2010. Anchorage is not densely populated 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 Burough, have a population estimated at 385,000, which is the 134th largest metro area in the United States.

Anchorage Demographics

According to the 2010 census, the racial and ethnic makeup of Anchorage was:

  • White: 66.0% (non-Hispanic: 62.6%)
  • Two or more races: 8.1%
  • Asian: 8.1% (3.3% Filipino, 1.2% Korean, 1.1% Hmong, 0.5% Laotian)
  • American Indian and Alaska Natives: 7.9% (1.4% Inupiat, 1.1% Yup'ik, 0.8% Aleutian)
  • Black or African American: 5.6%
  • Other race: 2.3%
  • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 2.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino of any race: 7.6%

Common ethnicities 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.

Anchorage History

Russia established a presence in the area in the 19th century, although 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 important metal minerals like gold, and only two white men were reported to have lived in the area in 1910 prior to 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, ad 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 1960's, oil was discovered nearby and an oil boom spurred greater growth in the city.

Anchorage Population Growth

Anchorage is currently preparing to experience its 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.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2017294,356-3,020-1.02%
2016297,376-642-0.22%
2015298,018-2,278-0.76%
2014300,296-785-0.26%
2013301,0812,5610.86%
2012298,5202,2290.75%
2011296,2912,9211.00%
2010293,37033,08712.71%
2000260,28333,94515.00%
1990226,33851,90729.76%
1980174,431126,350262.79%
197048,0813,8448.69%
196044,23732,983293.08%
195011,2547,759222.00%
19403,4951,19551.96%
19302,30040021.05%
19201,9000.00%

Anchorage Population in 2018Source: By Frank K. from Anchorage, Alaska, USA (Anchorage looking nice on an April evening) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White192,329
Two or More Races29,351
Asian26,756
American Indian and Alaska Native20,963
Black or African American16,938
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander6,797
Some Other Race6,187

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Anchorage Population Pyramid 2018

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Anchorage Median Age

32.8


Total

32.1


Male

33.6


Female

Lancaster Adults

There are 220,767 adults in Anchorage.

Anchorage Age Dependency

51.4

Age Dependency Ratio

13.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

37.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Anchorage Housing Indicators

Indicator Value
Median Number of Rooms (per House)
5.3
Houses Without Mortgage
17,746
Houses With Mortgage
45,521
Vacancy Rate
8.3
Median Rent
1,231
Median Home Value
298,000
Renter-Occupied Units
41,702
Owner-Occupied Units
63,267
Total Housing Units
114,443

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Anchorage for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 4.2% and the labor force participation rate is 73.7%.

Anchorage Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Average Household Size
2.77
Average Family Size
3.34
Total Households
104969
Married Couple Households
51255
Male Householder (no wife) Families
5891
Female Householder (no husband) Families
12730
Non Family Households
35093
Total Families
69876
Households With Own Children
33791
Unmarried Partner Households (Opposite Sex)
7.4
Unmarried Partner Households (Same Sex)
0.6

Anchorage Income Distribution

Indicator Value
Under $10,000
2,934
$10,000 to $14,999
2,840
$15,000 to $24,999
6,207
$25,000 to $34,999
6,497
$35,000 to $49,999
11,627
$50,000 to $74,999
18,253
$75,000 to $99,999
15,268
$100,000 to $149,999
21,649
$150,000 to $199,999
10,437
Over $200,000
9,257

Anchorage Household Income

Income

Median

Mean

Anchorage

Alaska

$80,862

$74,444

$102,500

$92,191

Under 10k10k - 15k15k - 25k25k - 35k35k - 50k50k - 75k75k - 100k100k - 150k150k - 200kOver 200k00.0550.110.1650.22

Anchorage Education Data

Anchorage Educational Attainment (over 25)

Indicator Value Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade
5,3732.81%
9th to 12th Grade
7,4813.91%
High School Graduate
45,85723.95%
Some College
50,78826.53%
Associates Degree
16,2758.50%
Bachelors Degree
41,51221.69%
Graduate Degree
24,14512.61%