Report: Alaska population declined by thousands in 2017

Published: Jan. 10, 2018 at 5:50 PM AKST
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Annual statewide data was collected between July 1 through June 30.


The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development released new estimates for 2017, and it shows the population in Alaska has dipped.

For June of 2017, the state’s population was 737,080, a drop from that same month in 2016, when the population was 739,709, according to the report. In 2010, Alaska had a population of 710,231.

Additional findings of the report include:

- Births added 10,786 to the population from 2016 to 2017, a decline in recent years for Alaska.

- Deaths were up slightly this year, subtracting 4,530 from the population in 2016 to 2017, due to the aging of the population.

- Over the past two years, Alaska lost about 8,885 people. This is the fifth year in a row of migration losses, the longest we’ve seen for the state.

- Every year, around 40,000 to 50,000 people leave the state, according to the report. An estimated 39,260 people moved to Alaska from outside. These numbers haven't changed much over the last decade.

- Alaska’s 20-to-39-year-old population fell slightly to 215,761 in 2016 and 214,328 in 2017.

- Meanwhile, the state’s 65+ population continue to increase rapidly with aging of Alaska’s baby boomers and was up by more than 3,500 for the past two years – to reach 82,686.

- Anchorage’s total population dropped by 1,454 people to 297, 483. They city’s population peaked at 300,880 people in 2013.

- The Mat-Su continued to be the fastest growing part of the state and added more than 1,612 people to reach a total population of 104,166 in 2017.

- The Fairbanks North Star Borough had a net migration loss (-2,334) and its total population dropped a bit (1,216) to 97,738.

- Juneau and Southeast were also down slightly (-624 and 1,188). Juneau’s 2017 population was 32,269, and Southeast was 72,915.

- The Kenai Peninsula lost 283 people in 2016 to 2017. Its population dropped by 25 people, to 58,024.