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Population
  2010 2012
Population 710,231 731,449
Median Age 33.8 33.7
Total 8 year-olds 10,096 10,168
Boys 5,217 5,270
Girls 4,879 4,898
Total 9 year-olds 10,207 10,120
Boys 5,237 5,169
Girls 4,970 4,951
Total 10 year-olds 10,537 9,912
Boys 5,512 5,147
Girls 5,025 4,765
Total 11 year-olds 10,073 10,025
Boys 5,158 5,097
Girls 4,915 4,928
Total 12 year-olds 9,913 10,554
Boys 5,052 5,507
Girls 4,861 5,047
 
How People Get to Work:
Drive Alone 67.0% 66.2%
Car Pool 13.2% 13.3%
Public Transportation 1.2% 1.6%
Work at Home 5.5% 5.6%

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

Business
  2010 2012
Dentist Offices 312 310
Amusement Parks 2 2
Fast-Food Restaurants 414 409
Toy Stores 36 34
Video/Disc Rental Stores 42 35
Zoos & Botanical Gardens 6 7
Candy & Nut Stores 5 7
Pet & Pet Supply Stores 18 21
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.