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Alaska Flag Alaska

Population
  2010 2011
Population 710,231 722,718
State Rank 47 47
Median Age 33.8 33.8
Total 8 year-olds 10,096 10,260
Boys 5,217 5,224
Girls 4,879 5,036
Total 9 year-olds 10,207 10,092
Boys 5,237 5,202
Girls 4,970 4,890
Total 10 year-olds 10,537 10,169
Boys 5,512 5,231
Girls 5,025 4,938
Total 11 year-olds 10,073 10,648
Boys 5,158 5,570
Girls 4,915 5,078
Total 12 year-olds 9,913 10,135
Boys 5,052 5,182
Girls 4,861 4,953
 
How People Get to Work:
Drive Alone 67.0% 68.2%
Car Pool 13.2% 12.4%
Public Transportation 1.2% 1.9%
Work at Home 5.5% 4.8%

Geography
Capital Juneau
Largest City Anchorage
Second Largest City Fairbanks
Persons Per Square Mile (State, 2010) 1.2

Business
  2000 2010
Dentist Offices 301 312
Amusement Parks 1 2
Fast-Food Restaurants 499 664
Toy Stores 35 36
Video/Disc Rental Stores 66 42
Zoos & Botanical Gardens 2 6
Candy & Nut Stores 9 5
Pet & Pet Supply Stores 25 18
Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Makers 2 2

Note: As is the case with all surveys, statistics from sample surveys are subject to sampling and nonsampling error.

A value of NA indicates that data are not available for the indicated time period. A value of X indicates that data are not applicable for the current region.

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History

  • Date of Statehood: January 3, 1959
  • Population 1960: 226,167
  • Population 2000: 626,932

I never knew that! *

  • Nickname: Last Frontier
  • Motto: North to the Future
  • Flower: Forget-me-not
  • Tree: Sitka Spruce
  • Bird: Willow Ptarmigan
  • Sport: Dog Mushing
  • Animal: Moose
  • Fish: Giant King Salmon

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Who told you this stuff?

The U.S. Census Bureau takes a census of the population every 10 years, and censuses of economic activity and governments every five years. And every year, the Census Bureau conducts more than 100 other surveys. Data on this page come from the 2010 Census, the American Community Survey, and County Business Patterns.

How are these data collected?

The U.S. Census Bureau sends questionnaires in the mail or contacts businesses and households to participate in its surveys.

* State symbol information was obtained from various non-Census Bureau resources including state web sites, educational web sites, and commercial entities.