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Juneau, Alaska

Alaska is the 47th most populous and the largest (570,641 square miles) of the 50 states and capital district in the US. Its capital city is Juneau (see the image below). Majority of occupations in Alaska is management and professional (34.10%), followed by sales and office (25.20%). American Indian or Alaska Native is the second largest race in this state after White.

State Stats and Facts

  1. Alaska is often referred to as the Land of the Midnight Sun and Land of the Noonday Moon
  2. Alaska has one of the highest number of American Indian and Alaska native-owned firms (10.00% vs. national average 0.90%)
  3. Alaska has one of the lowest number of population under 65 years old (9.00% vs. USA average 14.10%)
  4. Alaska has one of the lowest number of building permits (994 compared to country median 829,658)
  5. Alaska has one of the lowest retail sales, in $1000 ($9,303,387.00 compared to USA average $3,917,663,456.00)

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Total population compared to the USA
Population distribution by race or ethnicity
Female vs male population
Education, home ownership and poverty rate
Land area, population density and life expectancy
Unemployment rate and occupation types
Business ownerships
Production and sales per business sector

Population Charts

Based on 2013 estimate, Alaska population was 735,132 which ranks the 47th of the 50 United States and capital district. The most populous city in Alaska is Anchorage. In this section, you’ll learn various state profiles on population by race, age and gender.


Total population compared to the USA

Between April 1, 2010 and July 1, 2013, net population change is 3.50%. This is higher than national average, which is 2.40%. Alaska population represents only 0.23% of the USA’s whole population as featured in the following chart.

Alaska total population compared to the USA

Population distribution by race or age

Census 2013 shows the following five races or ethnicities representing population in Alaska (sortedin descending order):

  • White ancestry 67.30%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native 14.70%
  • Others (two or more races) 7.10%
  • Asian ethnicity 5.80%
  • Black or African American 3.90%
  • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 1.20%

The following chart compares Alaska population distribution to national average:

Comparison of Alaska population distribution by rate or ethnicity to USA average

According to Census QuickFacts 2013, 7.50% of Alaska population are under 5 years old, 25.60% are under 18 years and 9.00% are 65 years or older. Furthermore 16.30% of Alaska population (over the age of five) speak language other than English at home, which is lower than the US average of 20.50%.

Female vs male population

Female population in 2013 is 47.60% which is slightly less than male population. Alaska female population number ranks the 51st nation-wide. USA’s average female population is 50.80% whereas male population average is 49.20%.  The following chart shows comparison of female and male population between Alaska and the USA.

Female and male population in Alaska vs USA average

Demographics Charts

In this section, you’ll find a collection of statistical profiles on education, property ownerships, poverty, land area, population density and life expectancy.  For analysis purposes, each state data is compared to national average.  Data is sourced from last census.

Education, home ownership and poverty rate

In the chart below, you’ll find:

  • Rate of high school graduates is 91.60%, this is higher than national average of 85.70%
  • Rate of bachelor’s degree is 27.50%, this is lower than national median of 28.50%
  • Home ownership rate is 64.40%, lower than national average of 65.50%
  • People who live below poverty rate is 9.60%, lower than national average of 14.90%

Data is obtained from Census 2008-2012.

Comparison of Alaska Education, Home Ownership and Poverty to USA average

Land area, population density and life expectancy

Featured on the table below is:

  • Land area is 16.16% of total land area
  • Alaska has less population density than the USA average (1.2 people per square mile vs 87.4)
  • Life expectancy in Alaska is lower by .57 years than national average

Data is based on Census 2010.

Alaska land area, population density & life expectancy
Demographic Attribute Alaska USA
Land area (square miles) 570,640.95 3,531,905.43
Population density (people per square mile) 1.2 87.4
Life expectancy (years) 78.3 78.9

Unemployment rate and occupation types

Alaska unemployment rate (May 2013 to June 2014) is 6.80% (higher than national average). Minimum wage in Alaska is $7.75 per hour, which ranks the 18th highest among the states.  The table and chart below show various occupation types based on data obtained from 2010.

Occupation types in Alaska based on Census 2010
Occupation Alaska USA
Management or professional-related job 34.10% 34.90%
Service-related job 16.30% 17.10%
Sales and office job 25.20% 25.50%
Farming, fishing, and forestry 0.90% 0.70%
Construction, extraction, maintenance and repair 12.70% 9.30%
Production, transportation and material moving 10.80% 12.50%
Comparison of Alaska Occupation Types to USA Average

Regarding travel time to work, workers in Alaska usually took less time than US average. Data from American Community Survey shows travel time in Alaska was 18.6 minutes on average, whereas national average was 25.4 minutes. Average travel time is obtained by calculating time required to get from home to work each day during the week.

Business ownerships

Latest census business data shows:

  • Black-owned firms 1.50%, lower than national average of 7.10%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native-owned firms 10.00%, higher than national median of 0.90%
  • Asian-owned firms 3.10%, lower than US average of 5.70%
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander-owned firms 0.30%, higher than the country’s average of 0.10%
  • Hispanic-owned firms S, higher than national average of 8.30%
  • Women-owned firms 25.90%, lower than US median of 28.80%

For comparison purpose, the following chart includes data from US average.

Comparison of Business Ownership Percentage to USA Average

Production and sales

The following table and chart show manufacturers production shipments and sales figures per business area. These highlight which specific business area Alaska is strong at.

Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures
Description Alaska USA
Manufacturers shipments ($1000) 8,204,030 5,319,456,312
Merchant wholesaler sales ($1000) 4,563,605 4,174,286,516
Retail sales ($1000) 9,303,387 3,917,663,456
Accommodation and food services ($1000) 1,851,293 613,795,732
Alaska Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures

Retail spending per person is $13,635.00, which is higher than U.S average of $12,990.00. In 2012, number of building permits issued in Alaska was 994.

Interesting Facts and Statistics (continued)

  1. Alaska has one of the highest carcinogen releases, in pounds
  2. Alaska has one of the lowest number of households (252,991 compared to national median 115,226,802)
  3. Alaska has one of the lowest merchant wholesaler sales, in $1000 ($4,563,605.00 compared to national median $4,174,286,516.00)
  4. Alaska has one of the lowest total value of manufacturers shipments, in $1000 ($8,204,030.00 whereas USA average $5,319,456,312.00)
  5. Alaska has one of the lowest number of housing units (307,399 vs. country median 132,802,859)
  6. Alaska has one of the highest number of GDP state per capita ($61,202.00 vs. national average $42,069.00)
  7. Alaska has one of the highest household income ($69,917.00 while country average $53,046.00)
  8. Alaska has one of the lowest population density, in people per sqm (1 vs. national average 87)
  9. Alaska has one of the highest number of rape, per 100K (80 whereas country median 27)
  10. Alaska has one of the lowest number of population below poverty level (9.60% while USA median 14.90%)
  11. Alaska has one of the lowest dioxin releases, in grams
  12. Alaska has one of the highest number of Hawaiian and Pacific Islander-owned firms (0.30% whereas USA average 0.10%)
  13. Alaska has one of the highest mercury releases, per 1000 population
  14. Alaska has one of the highest number of population with two or more races (7.10% whereas USA average 2.40%)
  15. Alaska has one of the highest number of construction, extraction, maintenance and repair occupations (12.70% whereas country average 9.30%)
  16. Alaska has one of the highest number of American Indian and Alaska native population (14.70% whereas USA average 1.20%)
  17. Alaska has one of the lowest number of firms (68,728 compared to USA average 27,092,908)
  18. Alaska has one of the highest lead releases, in pounds
  19. Alaska has one of the lowest number of people living in the same house for 1 year or more (79.70% while national median 84.80%)
  20. Alaska has one of the highest number of suicide, per 100K (23 whereas country average 12)
  21. Alaska has one of the highest rate of forcible rape (80 vs. country median 27)
  22. Alaska has one of the highest number of native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander (1.20% whilst national median 0.20%)
  23. Alaska has one of the lowest number of female population (47.60% while USA average 50.80%)
  24. Alaska has one of the highest land area, in sqm (570,641 whereas national average 3,531,905)
  25. Alaska has one of the highest carbon dioxide emissions, in metric tons per capita
  26. Alaska has one of the highest number of teenagers not in school and not working (10.94% whilst USA median 7.95%)
  27. Alaska has one of the highest number of population under 5 years old (7.50% whereas country average 6.30%)
  28. Alaska has one of the highest rate of aggravated assault (433 whilst national average 242)

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