Alaska's population grew 0.1% from April 2020 to July 2021
Jan. 6, 2022
JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska’s population increased by 932 people — 0.1 percent — from April 2020 to July 2021, based on population estimates released today by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. This was the first increase since 2016.
Despite slight overall growth, net migration — in-migrants minus out-migrants — accounted for a loss of 4,398 people. Alaska has lost more movers than it’s gained every year since 2013, but losses slowed during the pandemic as fewer people moved nationwide.
Alaska’s under-18 and 18-to-64-year-old populations each declined 1 percent, and the 65-and-older group grew 6 percent. The state’s highest median age was 49.0 in the Hoonah-Angoon Census Area. The Kusilvak Census Area was youngest at 24.2.
Twenty-one of Alaska’s 30 boroughs and census areas lost population over the period. Fairbanks grew the most, gaining 1,860 people, followed the Matanuska-Susitna Borough (1,724). Anchorage lost the most (-1,550).
Complete estimates for the state, boroughs/census areas, cities and census-designated places are available here. Also available are estimates for census tracts, school districts and Alaska Native Regional Corporations and estimates by age and sex for each borough and census area and for places with populations of 1,000 or more.View data table (Excel)