Information About Alaska

The total estimated population is 626,932. Density is very low at 1 person per square mile.

Races of Residents

Population by Race: White: 592,786; Black: 434,534; Asian: 98,043; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 25,116; American Indian: 21,787; Two or More Races: 9,997; Other Race: 3,309; Hispanic Population: Hispanic or Latino: 626,932 (100%); Not Hispanic or Latino: 0 (0%)

There are 37,170 foreign born residents, of which 53.8% are naturalized citizens.

Most Common Birthplaces

Foreign Born: Philippines: 8,895; Korea: 4,048; Canada: 2,893; Mexico: 2,743; Germany: 1,795; United Kingdom: 1,237; Laos: 1,035; U.S. Born: This State: 238,613; West: 145,255; Midwest: 84,498; South: 70,368; Northeast: 40,815;

Most Common Foreign Birthplaces in Alaska Most Common US Birthplaces in Alaska

The sex distribution is 52% male and 48% female. The median age is 32 years.

Age Distribution

There are 36,019 married couples with children and 25,027 single-parent households (1,090 men, 23,937 women).

The median household income is $51,571 in 1999 dollars.

Median Household Income Comparisons

U.S.: $41,994; Alaska: $51,571;

9% of the population lives below the poverty line.

Poverty Level Comparisons

U.S.: 12%; Alaska: 9%;

Household Income Distribution

In thousands of dollars.

Work Type and Occupations

Work Type: Private wage and salary: 156,985; Government: 75,330; Self-employed: 20,498; Unpaid family work: 2,757; Occupation: Management, professional, and related: 96,839; Sales and office: 73,550; Professional and related: 60,136; Office and administrative support: 46,741; Service: 43,940; Management, business, and financial operations: 36,703;

Work Types in Alaska Common Occupations in Alaska

The average commute time is 20 minutes to and from work.

Transportation to Work

Car or truck (drove alone): 193,165; Car or truck (carpooled): 45,012; Walked: 21,298; Worked at home: 11,978; Public transportation: 5,236; Bicycle: 1,583; Motorcycle: 244;

Transportation to work methods in Alaska

Educational Attainment

Percent of population in Alaska.

There are 260,978 housing units, of which 171,028 are single family homes.

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing

All Housing Units: Owner: 138,509; Renter: 83,091; Vacant: 39,378; Owner-Occupied: Mortgaged: 103,052; Not Mortgaged: 35,457;

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing in Alaska

The median single family home value is $144,200.

Median Monthly Cost for Mortgaged Homes

U.S.: $1,088; Alaska: $1,315;

Median Rent for Rental Units

U.S.: $519; Alaska: $664;

The average household size is 3 and the median number of rooms in housing units is 5.

Housing Units By Year Built

1939 or earlier: 5,584; 1940 to 1949: 6,888; 1950 to 1959: 18,113; 1960 to 1969: 30,169; 1970 to 1979: 75,095; 1980 to 1989: 78,090; 1990 to 1994: 17,979; 1995 to 1998: 22,267; 1999 to March 2000: 6,793;

12.2% of homes lack plumbing and 3.0% lack telephone service.

Commonly Used Home Heating Fuel

Utility Gas: 101,703; Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.: 79,429; Electricity: 22,697; Wood: 8,202;