Alaska Population and Demographics

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In this article, we'll explore most of the 190+ data points we have for Alaska, covering popular demographics statistics like household income, race, age and gender, educational attainment, poverty, housing, and transportation.

The data on this page is from the 2022 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year survey from the US Census Bureau.

Richest Zip Codes in Alaska

In the table below, we've ranked the richest zip codes in Alaska based on the average (or mean) household income. To do this, we only look at zip codes that have a population of at least 500 people and a reasonable margin of error for the data.

If the margin of error for the mean income is greater than 50% of the estimate, we don't use it. This is to try and make the data less likely to be skewed by outliers with very small population areas or estimates that are not very accurate.

Rank ZIP Code County Mean Income
1 99516 Anchorage Municipality $196,760.00
2 99577 Anchorage Municipality $148,275.00
3 99587 Anchorage Municipality $144,590.00
4 99502 Anchorage Municipality $139,596.00
5 99567 Anchorage Municipality $138,580.00
6 99515 Anchorage Municipality $136,173.00
7 99517 Anchorage Municipality $132,777.00
8 99507 Anchorage Municipality $132,647.00
9 99712 Fairbanks North Star Borough $128,664.00
10 99685 Aleutians West Census Area $126,639.00

To view details demographics data for a specific zip code, click on the link in the table above. You can also read our article here on the richest zip codes in Alaska.

Richest Cities in Alaska

We can also find the same information for the richest cities in Alaska. The table below ranks the top 10 cities in Alaska by average household income by using the same criteria as we did with the zip codes.

Rank City County Mean Income
1 Anchorage Anchorage Municipality $122,032.00
2 Unalaska Aleutians West Census Area $121,897.00
3 Nome Nome Census Area $120,859.00
4 Bethel Bethel Census Area $118,182.00
5 Kotzebue Northwest Arctic Borough $117,341.00
6 Aleutians West Aleutians West Census Area $117,300.00
7 Juneau Juneau City and Borough $117,189.00
8 Bristol Bay Bristol Bay Borough $116,487.00
9 North Slope North Slope Borough $109,311.00
10 Valdez Valdez-Cordova Census Area $109,086.00

To view details demographics data for a specific city, click on the link in the table above. You can also read our article here on the richest cities in Alaska.

Median Household Income

According to the latest ACS 5-year survey in 2022, the median household income in Alaska is $86,370.00.

The chart below shows the average household income by age in Alaska.

  • Under 25
    $52,562.00
  • 25 to 44
    $93,857.00
  • 45 to 64
    $101,971.00
  • 65 and over
    $66,727.00

Average Household Income

A very commonly asked question is "what is the average household income in Alaska?". The official term for the average household income is the mean household income. The mean household income is the total income of all households divided by the number of households.

The average (or mean) household income in Alaska is $110,602.00.

12.33% of households in Alaska are classed as high income households (making $200,000+ per year).

The difference between a median and an average income

The difference between a median and mean household income is that the median income is the middle point of the set of numbers whereas the mean income is an average of all numbers.

Both metrics are important when looking at the income statistics for Alaska but because the median value doesn't depend on other numbers in the dataset, it doesn't change as much when some of the values are extremely low or extremely high.

Household Income Tiers for Alaska

We can also look at the household income tiers. This lets you see how many households fall into each of the earnings brackets and what percentage that bracket is of the total number of households.

The chart below shows the household income brackets to see which age groups have the highest median income. The actual data is more granular than these brackets, but we've simplified them into bigger categories to make reviewing the data for Alaska easier to view.

You can purchase the raw data above, which will have the full income tiers with smaller jumps in household income.

  • Less than $24,999
    12.11%
  • $25,000 to $49,999
    14.93%
  • $50,000 to $74,999
    15.71%
  • $75,000 to $99,999
    14.22%
  • $100,000 to $149,999
    19.66%
  • $150,000 to $199,999
    11.04%
  • $200,000 or more
    12.33%

Per Capita Income

The per capita income is the average income of all people in Alaska. This is calculated by dividing the total income of all people in Alaska by the total number of people in Alaska.

It differs from the average or mean household income because it includes all people in Alaska and not just the people who earn an income (i.e. children, retirees, unemployed, etc.).

The per capita income in Alaska is $42,828.00.

Population in Alaska by Race and Ethnicity

The total population in Alaska is currently 734,821 people.

The race and ethnicity of the population in Alaska can be very important for social research, economics, and marketing to a multi-culturial society.

Whether you want to target products or services to a particular race or ethnicity, or provide housing and new businesses to improve areas with a larger ethnic minority population, this data is very valuable for discovering suitable areas.

The chart below breaks down the population and percentage for each race and ethnicity in Alaska.

  • 2.20% White
    16,308
  • 92.50% Black/African American
    679,931
  • 58.40% Native
    428,802
  • 4.30% Hispanic
    31,719
  • 3.00% Asian
    22,400
  • 13.90% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
    102,445
  • 1.50% Two or more races
    10,940
  • 6.30% Other
    46,507

Population of Alaska by Age and Gender

Another very important demographics statistic for Alaska is the age and gender of the population. The age and gender of the population can be used to track trends in population growth or decline, and for businesses, the data can be used to identify people important to you and your business need.

In the table below, we show age groups at a 10 year granularity for ease of use. The raw data, which can be purchased above, includes age and gender at a 5 year granularity.

Age Group Male Female
0 to 9 Years 52,076 48,945
10 to 19 Years 50,274 46,408
20 to 29 Years 61,048 47,786
30 to 39 Years 58,357 52,172
40 to 49 Years 46,668 41,673
50 to 59 Years 47,527 42,192
60 to 69 Years 44,259 39,785
70 Years and over 26,440 29,211

Education Levels

Educational attainment is a very useful statistic that can give insights into other data such as the average household income, unemployment levels, and literacy.

What this means is that it is likely for areas that have higher levels of education to have higher average household incomes, lower unemployment rates, and higher literacy rates.

The chart below shows the educational attainment of the population in Alaska.

  • Master's degree or higher
    13.68%
  • Bachelor's degree
    32.35%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    12.46%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    39.37%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2.14%

Unemployment Rates

The unemployment rate is the percentage of the population that is actively looking for work but is unable to find a job. The unemployment rate is a very important statistic for Alaska because it can show how many people are actively looking for work and how many people are unable to find a job.

Lower levels of unemployment is generally seen as a positive sign for the economy. It also makes the government in Alaska look good because it shows that they are doing a good job of creating jobs, working to capacity, being efficient, and keeping the economy strong.

The unemployment rate is calculated using the total population in Alaska that are over the age of 16.

The current population in Alaska that are over the age of 16 is 573,998 people.

The unemployment rate in Alaska is 6.40%, which means 23,035 people are unemployed.

Median Age in Alaska

The median age is an interesting metric because it gives us an idea of the age distribution of people in Alaska. You know when you see a median age that it is the age where half of the population is older and half is younger than it.

For demographic studies, this can be used to infer and compare date to things such as birth rates, the age of parents, and so on.

An increasing median age can be a sign of an aging population, which can be a sign of a declining population. This is because older people tend to have fewer children and die more often than younger people.

The median age in Alaska is 35.3 years old.

We can also look at the median age by gender to compare the see how each group compares to the total median age:

Median age by gender in Alaska

35.3

Total

34.9

Male

35.7

Female

Households and Families

There are a total of 264,376 households in Alaska, and the average household size is 2.67 people.

For families, the total number is 170,971, and the average family size is 3.28 people.

7.20% of those families in Alaska are living below the poverty line.

The table below shows the poverty thresholds for Alaska in .

Household Size Poverty Threshold
1 Person $18,210.00
2 People $24,640.00
3 People $31,070.00
4 People $37,500.00
5 People $43,930.00
6 People $50,360.00
7 People $56,790.00
8 People $63,220.00

Please note that the poverty thresholds shown above are from , while the latest demographics data we have is from 2022.

Households and Families by Marital Status

There are four types of household and family, as defined by the Census Bureau:

  • Married-couple
  • Male householder, no spouse present
  • Female householder, no spouse present
  • Nonfamily household

In the table below, you can see the total households and families in Alaska for each type, as well as the average sizes.

Married Male Female Nonfamily
Total Households 129,605 15,178 26,188 93,405
Average Household Size 3.35 3.48 3.64 1.31
Total Families 129,605 15,178 26,188 0
Average Household Size 3.3 3 3.32 0

Housing Data in Alaska

There are total of 326,188 housing units in Alaska. Of those units, 264,376 (81.05%) are occupied, and 61,812 (18.95%) are vacant.

Rental Rates

Of the 326,188 housing units in Alaska, 81,638 (25.03%) are occupied by renters. The median rent paid by renters is $1,345.00.

Owner occupied housing units make up the remaining 53.71% of housing units, with 175,198 housing units in total.

The table below breaks down how much rent is paid by renters in Alaska.

  • No rent paid
    7,540
  • Less than $500
    4,430
  • $500 to $999
    15,793
  • $1,000 to $1,499
    29,138
  • $1,500 to $1,999
    18,169
  • $2,000 to $2,499
    9,081
  • $2,500 to $2,999
    3,584
  • $3,000 or more
    1,443

Property Values

The median value of a property in Alaska is $318,000.00.

The table below breaks down the range of valuations for all properties in Alaska.

  • Less than $50,000
    9,568
  • $50,000 to $99,999
    7,077
  • $100,000 to $149,999
    8,627
  • $150,000 to $199,999
    12,705
  • $200,000 to $299,999
    42,297
  • $300,000 to $499,999
    67,086
  • $500,000 to $999,999
    25,651
  • $1,000,000 or more
    2,187

Property Age

We can also look at the number of properties built in a given year to see the spread of property age in Alaska.

  • 1939 or earlier
    5,386
  • 1940 to 1949
    4,804
  • 1950 to 1959
    14,651
  • 1960 to 1969
    24,360
  • 1970 to 1979
    73,690
  • 1980 to 1989
    81,136
  • 1990 to 1999
    45,393
  • 2000 to 2009
    51,422
  • 2010 to 2013
    24,435
  • 2014 or later
    911

Vehicles Available per Household

Finally, we have data on how many vehicles each household in Alaska has. The table below breaks down the number of vehicles available per household.

  • No vehicles available
    24,147
  • 1 vehicle available
    82,234
  • 2 vehicles available
    96,752
  • 3 or more vehicles available
    61,243

Commuting to Work in Alaska

The time and means of commuting to work are useful metrics to look at because they can be correlated against other data such as income and education level.

Does a longer commuting time indicate a higher average income? If so, has the huge increase in home working during the pandemic changed this?

Using these metrics, we can get a better understanding of the demographics of Alaska, how they commute, and how that correlates to other data points.

The average travel time is 19.3 minutes, and the chart below covers the range of travel times across the population of Alaska.

  • Less than 5 minutes
    25,663
  • 5 to 9 minutes
    56,761
  • 10 to 14 minutes
    61,175
  • 15 to 19 minutes
    62,124
  • 20 to 24 minutes
    44,729
  • 25 to 29 minutes
    15,164
  • 30 to 34 minutes
    22,545
  • 35 to 39 minutes
    3,396
  • 40 to 44 minutes
    4,433
  • 45 to 59 minutes
    10,876
  • 60 to 89 minutes
    8,975
  • 90 or more minutes
    6,945

We can also look at the means of transport in Alaska to see which modes of transport people are using to commute to work.

  • Drove alone
    231,484
  • Carpooled
    42,779
  • Public transportation
    3,805
  • Walked
    27,039
  • Other means
    17,679
  • Worked from home
    28,281

Conclusion

Hopefully this article has given you the demographics data you were looking for in Alaska.

If you need more demographics data, or you need the data listed above in spreadsheet form with more granular grouping, head back to the top of this page where you can purchase the complete demographics data for Alaska.

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