Anchorage, Alaska Population 2022

291,131
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Anchorage is a city located in Anchorage County Alaska. Anchorage has a 2020 population of 291,131. Anchorage is currently declining at a rate of -0.02% annually and its population has decreased by -0.04% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 291,247 in 2010.

The average household income in Anchorage is $109,988 with a poverty rate of 8.85%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,310 per month, and the median house value is $320,100. The median age in Anchorage is 33.6 years, 32.7 years for males, and 34.6 years for females.

Anchorage is a unified home rule municipality in southcentral Alaska.

Anchorage Population Comparison

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.

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.

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 Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Anchoragewas:

  • White: 61.19%
  • Two or more races: 10.97%
  • Asian: 9.82%
  • Native American: 7.50%
  • Black or African American: 5.31%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 2.85%
  • Other race: 2.36%
The current population of Anchorage, Alaska is 291,131 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 291,247.

Anchorage, Alaska Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2010383,0530.00%
2011387,9224,8691.26%
2012391,9324,0101.02%
2013397,0225,0901.28%
2014397,9969740.24%
2015398,6096130.15%
2016401,3682,7590.69%
2017400,570-798-0.20%
2018397,636-2,934-0.74%
2019396,317-1,319-0.33%
2020394,998-1,319-0.33%
2021393,679-1,319-0.34%

Anchorage Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White178,73561.19%
Black or African American15,5075.31%
American Indian and Alaska Native21,9217.50%
Asian28,6729.82%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander8,3322.85%
Some Other Race6,8812.36%
Two or More Races32,04210.97%
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Anchorage Population by Race

Anchorage Population Pyramid 2022

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Anchorage Median Age

33.9


Total

33


Male

34.9


Female

Anchorage Adults

There are 221,182 adults, (32,377 of whom are seniors) in Anchorage.

Anchorage Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

17.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

37.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Anchorage Sex Ratio

Female

143,136

49.00%

Male

148,954

51.00%

Anchorage Population by Age

Anchorage Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Anchorage Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married75.5%24.5%
All62.2%37.8%
Male53.2%46.8%
Non Family49.3%50.7%
Female47.7%52.3%

62.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Anchorage Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All106,9702.6662.2
Married52,6163.3575.5
Male5,4783.5753.2
Female11,4773.2847.7
Non Family37,3991.3849.3

3.22

Average Family Size

2.66

Average Household Size

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Anchorage Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade4,2562.21%
9th to 12th Grade7,2993.79%
High School Graduate45,63823.73%
Some College47,61724.76%
Associates Degree17,1768.93%
Bachelors Degree43,69522.72%
Graduate Degree26,66413.86%
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Anchorage Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Anchorage Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White122,040118,35654,336
2+ Races12,90312,0164,251
Asian18,35615,7504,676
Hispanic14,09811,9153,283
Other Race4,1243,560886
Black9,9769,2262,009
Native American13,41611,7051,721
Islander4,1963,826473

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 96.98%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 44.52%.

Anchorage Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$50,877$57,791$43,531
Less Than 9th Grade$27,773$29,922$22,089
High School Graduate$36,644$41,327$30,192
Some College$46,841$55,374$38,376
Bachelors Degree$62,760$77,372$52,548
Graduate Degree$82,240$98,703$75,029

$50,877

Average Earnings

$57,791

Average Male

$43,531

Average Female

Anchorage Earnings by Educational Attainment

Anchorage Language by Age

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Anchorage Language

82.36% of Anchorage residents speak only English, while 17.64% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 8.52% of the population.

Anchorage Language

Anchorage Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Native20,8164,89623.52%
Islander8,2101,40217.08%
Black14,9211,73711.64%
Asian28,4123,25211.45%
White162,1639,2955.73%
Other661NaN%
Hispanic26,7102,6519.93%
Multiple31,2472,9779.53%

8.85%

Overall Poverty Rate

8.08%

Male Poverty Rate

9.64%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Anchorage

The race most likely to be in poverty in Anchorage is Native, with 23.52% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Anchorage is Multiple, with 9.53% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.59%. Among those working part-time, it was 12.03%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 15.74%.

Anchorage Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade19.39%
High School12.57%
Some College5.87%
Bachelors or Greater2.63%

Anchorage Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed3.55%
Male Unemployed25.70%
Female Employed5.22%
Female Unemployed24.05%

Anchorage Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Anchorage Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$84,813$108,393
Families$100,775$124,028
Married Families$116,237$139,535
Non Families$57,311$72,583
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Income by Household Type

Anchorage Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

49.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

49.4%

Male Marriage Rate

49.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Anchorage Married by Age and Sex

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Anchorage Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Anchorage Marital Status by Race

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Anchorage Marital Status

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26,863

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War10,206
First Gulf War8,627
Vietnam7,255
Korea858
World War II220

Anchorage Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 344,643
35 to 548,247
55 to 646,000
65 to 745,034
75+2,939

Anchorage Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White20,26414.61%
Black1,99518.61%
Native American9195.91%
Asian8474.06%
Islander4429.27%
Other Race52510.88%
2+ Races1,87111.14%
Hispanic1,5289.34%

Anchorage Veterans by Race

Anchorage Veterans by Education

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4.80%

Veteran Poverty Rate

23.39%

Veteran Disability Rate

Anchorage Veterans by Education

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71.2%

Labor Force Participation

63.8%

Employment Rate

5.2%

Unemployment Rate

Anchorage Employment by Age

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Anchorage Employment by Race

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Anchorage Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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38.50%

Born in Anchorage

89.16%

Native Born

10.84%

Foreign Born

4.04%

Non Citizen

6.80%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

89.16% of Anchorage residents were born in the United States, with 38.50% having been born in Alaska. 4.04% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Anchorage Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
19201,9000.00%
19302,3004001.93%
19403,4951,1954.27%
195011,2547,75912.41%
196044,23732,98314.67%
197048,0813,8440.84%
1980174,431126,35013.75%
1990226,33851,9072.64%
2000260,28333,9451.41%
2010291,82631,5431.15%
2011291,768-58-0.02%
2012291,710-58-0.02%
2013291,652-58-0.02%
2014291,594-58-0.02%
2015291,536-58-0.02%
2016291,478-58-0.02%
2017291,420-58-0.02%
2018291,362-58-0.02%
2019291,304-58-0.02%
2020291,247-57-0.02%
2021291,189-58-0.02%
2022291,131-58-0.02%

Anchorage Population by Year