Demographics of Alaska

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Alaska Population Density Map
Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 33,426
1890 32,052 −4.1%
1900 63,592 98.4%
1910 64,356 1.2%
1920 55,036 −14.5%
1930 59,278 7.7%
1940 72,524 22.3%
1950 128,643 77.4%
1960 226,167 75.8%
1970 300,382 32.8%
1980 401,851 33.8%
1990 550,043 36.9%
2000 626,932 14.0%
2010 710,231 13.3%
1930 and 1940 censuses taken in preceding autumn
Sources: 1910-2010[1]
Map of the largest racial/ethnic group by borough. Red indicates Native American, blue indicates non-Hispanic white, and green indicates Asian. Darker shades indicate a higher proportion of the population.

As of 2017, Alaska has an estimated population of 739,818.[2]

In 2005, the population of Alaska was 663,661, which is an increase of 5,906, or 0.9%, from the prior year and an increase of 36,730, or 5.9%, since the year 2000[3]. This includes a natural increase since the last census of 36,590 people (53,132 births minus 16,542 deaths) and an increase due to net migration of 1,181 people into the state. Immigration from outside the United States resulted in a net increase of 5,800 people, and migration within the country produced a net loss of 4,619 people. More than half of the state's population lives in Anchorage, Juneau and Fairbanks, with two-fifths in Anchorage alone.

With a population of 710,231, according to the 2010 U.S. census,[4] Alaska is the 48th most populous and least densely populated state.

For purposes of the federal census, the state is divided into artificial divisions defined geographically by the United States Census Bureau for statistical purposes only.

The center of population of Alaska is located approximately 64.37 kilometers (40.00 mi) east of Anchorage at 61.399882 N. latitude, -148.873973 W. longitude.[5] In 2006, Alaska had a larger percentage of tobacco smokers than the national average, with 24% of Alaskan adults smoking.[6]

Ancestry

According to the 2010 United States census, the racial composition of Alaska was the following:[7]

Technically, the population was 5.5% of Hispanic or Latino (of any race) origin and 94.5% of Non-Hispanic and Latino (of any race) origin.

The largest ancestry groups (which the Census defines as not including racial terms) in the state are:[8]

  • 18.3% German
  • 11.0% Irish
  • 8.5% English
  • 6.5% Norwegian
  • 4.4% Filipino
  • 3.8% French
  • 3.7% Native American
  • 3.3% Italian
  • 3.0% Mexican
  • 2.9% Scottish
  • 2.7% Polish
  • 2.5% Swedish
  • 1.9% Dutch
  • 1.4% Russian

The vast and sparsely populated regions of northern and western Alaska are primarily inhabited by Alaska Natives, who are also numerous in the southeast. Anchorage, Fairbanks, and other parts of south-central and southeast Alaska have many White Americans of northern and western European ancestry. The Wrangell-Petersburg area has many residents of Scandinavian ancestry and the Aleutian Islands contain a large Filipino population. The vast majority of the state's African American population lives in Anchorage and Fairbanks. Also, Alaska has the largest percentage of American Indians of any state. Some of the Alaska Natives absorbed the small 1700s Russian-era settlement.

Demographics of Alaska (csv)
By race White Black AIAN* Asian NHPI*
2000 (total population) 75.43% 4.46% 19.06% 5.24% 0.88%
2000 (Hispanic only) 3.42% 0.33% 0.45% 0.16% 0.06%
2005 (total population) 74.71% 4.72% 18.77% 5.90% 0.88%
2005 (Hispanic only) 4.32% 0.38% 0.48% 0.19% 0.05%
Growth 2000–05 (total population) 4.85% 12.03% 4.27% 19.23% 5.35%
Growth 2000–05 (non-Hispanic only) 3.49% 11.30% 4.02% 18.96% 5.86%
Growth 2000–05 (Hispanic only) 33.56% 21.02% 14.52% 27.89% -1.95%
* AIAN is American Indian or Alaskan Native; NHPI is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Birth data

Note: Births in table don't add up, because Hispanics are counted both by their ethnicity and by their race, giving a higher overall number.

Live Births by Single Race/Ethnicity of Mother
Race 2013[9] 2014[10] 2015[11] 2016[12]
White: 7,407 (64.7%) 7,288 (64.0%) 7,244 (64.2%) ...
> Non-Hispanic White 6,622 (57.8%) 6,541 (57.4%) 6,543 (58.0%) 5,787 (51.6%)
American Indian 2,462 (21.5%) 2,450 (21.5%) 2,415 (21.4%) 2,110 (18.8%)
Asian 1,053 (9.2%) 1,106 (9.7%) 1,114 (9.9%) 691 (6.2%)
Black 524 (4.6%) 548 (4.8%) 509 (4.5%) 319 (2.8%)
Pacific Islander 289 (2.6%)
Hispanic (of any race) 848 (7.4%) 841 (7.4%) 810 (7.2%) 811 (7.2%)
Total Alaska 11,446 (100%) 11,392 (100%) 11,282 (100%) 11,209 (100%)
  • Since 2016, data for births of White Hispanic origin are not collected, but included in one Hispanic group; persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race.

Languages

According to the 2005-2007 American Community Survey, 84.7% of people over the age of five speak only English at home. About 3.5% speak Spanish at home. About 2.2% speak an Indo-European language other than Spanish or English at home and about 4.3% speak an Asian language at home. And about 5.3% speak other languages at home.

A total of 5.2% of Alaskans speak one of the state's 22 indigenous languages, known locally as "native languages". These languages belong to two major language families: Eskimo–Aleut and Na-Dené. As the homeland of these two major language families of North America, Alaska has been described as the crossroads of the continent, providing evidence for the recent settlement of North America via the Bering land bridge.

Religion

Religion in Alaska

  Protestant Christian (47%)
  Other Christian (32%)
  Other (21%)
Russian Orthodox church in Sitka, Alaska.

Other religions[14]

  • Jewish - 0.9% [15]
  • Buddhist- <0.5%
  • Islam - 0.5%
  • Hindu - <0.5%
  • Other World Religions - <0.5%
  • Other Faiths - 2.0%
  • Unaffiliated - 17.0%
  • Refused to answer - 1.0%

Alaska's relatively large Eastern Orthodox Christian population is notable. The large Eastern Orthodox (with 49 parishes and up to 50,000 followers) population is a result of early Russian colonization and missionary work among Alaska Natives. In 1795, the First Russian Orthodox Church was established in Kodiak. Intermarriage with Alaskan Natives helped the Russian immigrants integrate into society. As a result, an increasing number of Russian Orthodox churches gradually became established within Alaska. Alaska also has the largest Quaker population (by percentage) of any state. Also, as of 1994, there were 3,060 Jews in Alaska.[16] Jehovah's Witnesses stands at a little less than 2,400. Estimates for the number of Alaskan Muslims range from 1,000 to 5,000.[17]

See also


References

  1. ^ Resident Population Data - 2010 Census Archived October 19, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Alaska Population 2017 World Population Review
  3. ^ "Graphical Library of Demographic Change in Arctic Alaska". Retrieved 7 July 2018. 
  4. ^ U.S. Census Bureau. (2001-04-02). "Census 2000 PHC-T-2. Ranking Tables for States: 1990 and 2000. Table 1. States Ranked by Population: 2000." U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division. Retrieved on 2007-06-12.
  5. ^ Population and Population Centers by State: 2010. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 5, 2017.
  6. ^ CDC's STATE System - State Comparison Report Cigarette Use (Adults) – BRFSS[permanent dead link] for 2006, lists Alaska as having 24.2% smokers. The national average is 20.8% according to Cigarette Smoking Among Adults-United States, 2006 article in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-03-05. Retrieved 2012-02-25. 
  8. ^ Bureau, U.S. Census. "American FactFinder - Results". factfinder2.census.gov. Retrieved 17 April 2018. 
  9. ^ "National Vital Statistics Reports, Volume 64, Number 1" (PDF). cdc.gov. Retrieved 17 April 2018. 
  10. ^ "National Vital Statistics Reports, Volume 64, Number 12" (PDF). cdc.gov. Retrieved 17 April 2018. 
  11. ^ "National Vital Statistics Reports, Volume 66, Number 1" (PDF). cdc.gov. Retrieved 17 April 2018. 
  12. ^ https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr67/nvsr67_01.pdf
  13. ^ Coast Tsimshian is not technically indigenous to Alaska, the Coast Tsimshian people having moved north from British Columbia in the historic period. Nevertheless it is usually grouped with the other Native languages.
  14. ^ "Survey Finds Alaskans Less Religious Than Other Americans". pewforum.org. 4 September 2008. Retrieved 17 April 2018. 
  15. ^ https://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2011/tables/11s0077.pdf[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ "j. - Alaskan Jews trying to connect, says study". jewishsf.com. Retrieved 17 April 2018. 
  17. ^ Alaskan Muslims Avoid Conflict Archived January 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.

External links

  • 2000 Census of Population and Housing for Alaska, U.S. Census Bureau
  • Graphical Library of Demographic Change in Arctic Alaska
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