Alaska

State

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Population
737,438
0.319% 1-year decline
US Senator
Lisa Murkowski
Republican Party
US Senator
Dan Sullivan
Republican Party
Median Age
34.9

Median Household Income
$74,346
1.59% 1-year growth
Median Property Value
$276,100
1.1% 1-year growth
Number of Employees
346,153
1.16% 1-year growth

About

In 2018, Alaska had a population of 737k people with a median age of 34.9 and a median household income of $74,346. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Alaska declined from 739,795 to 737,438, a -0.319% decrease and its median household income grew from $73,181 to $74,346, a 1.59% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Alaska are White (Non-Hispanic) (60.1%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (14.6%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (7.44%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (6.17%), and White (Hispanic) (4.24%). NaNk% of the people in Alaska speak a non-English language, and 96.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Alaska are University of Alaska Anchorage (2,460 degrees awarded in 2017), University of Alaska Fairbanks (1,543 degrees), and University of Alaska Southeast (642 degrees).

The median property value in Alaska is $276,100, and the homeownership rate is 65.6%. Most people in Alaska commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 18 minutes. The average car ownership in Alaska is 2 cars per household.

Alaska borders .

About the photo: Approaching Sawyer Glacier in the Tracy Arm Fjord valley of mountains and waterfalls.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

Hospitalization data for some states may be delayed or not reported.

This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Alaska, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Impact on Employment

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Alaska (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Alaska across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Alaska went to Donald J. Trump with 51.3% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (36.6%), followed by Gary Johnson (5.88%). The most partisan county was N/A with N/A% of the vote going to N/A running for the N/A Party.

Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan are the senators currently representing the state of Alaska. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Alaska is currently represented by N/A N/A in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Alaska
51.3% for the Republican Party

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Alaska was N/A with N/A% of the vote going to N/A running for the N/A Party.

The following map shows the counties in Alaska colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Alaska

Lisa Murkowski
Senator from Alaska3
Assumed office on December 20, 2002
Dan Sullivan
Senator from Alaska2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan are the senators currently representing Alaska.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the N/A for Alaska have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Diversity

Alaska is home to a population of 737k people, from which 96.7% are citizens. As of N/A, N/A% of Alaska residents were born outside of the country (N/A people).

In 2018, there were 4.11 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (443k people) in Alaska than any other race or ethnicity. There were 108k American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) and 54.9k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Alaska
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    443k ± 640
  2. American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic)
    108k ± 3.57k
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    54.9k ± 4.51k
7.2%
Hispanic Population
53.1k people

In 2018, there were 4.11 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (443k people) in Alaska than any other race or ethnicity. There were 108k American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) and 54.9k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

7.2% of the people in Alaska are hispanic (53.1k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Alaska as a share of the total population.

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Age by Nativity

33
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.3
47
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 2.5

In 2018, the median age of all people in Alaska was 34.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 33, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 47. But people in Alaska are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Alaska residents was 35.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin
  1. Philippines
    18,254 ± 3,276 people
  2. Mexico
    5,893 ± 1,877 people
  3. Canada
    4,160 ± 1,579 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Alaska was Philippines, the natal country of 18,254 Alaska residents, followed by Mexico with 5,893 and Canada with 4,160.

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Citizenship

96.7%
2018 Citizenship
96.3%
2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 96.7% of Alaska residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Alaska was 96.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

The following chart shows US citizenship percentages in Alaska compared to that of it's neighboring and parent geographies.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    25,373 ± 3,077
  2. Vietnam
    19,399 ± 1,808
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    9,655 ± 1,496

Alaska has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.31 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Alaska is $74,346. In 2018, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Alaska was Anchorage Municipality, AK with a value of $83,648, followed by Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK and Matanuska-Susitna Borough, AK, with respective values of $75,448 and $72,667.

Males in Alaska have an average income that is 1.23 times higher than the average income of females, which is $57,837. The income inequality in Alaska (measured using the Gini index) is 0.455, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Alaska employs 346k people. The largest industries in Alaska are Elementary & secondary schools (23,867 people), Restaurants & Food Services (20,201 people), and Construction (18,135 people), and the highest paying industries are Savings institutions, including credit unions ($201,128), Oil & gas extraction ($191,818), and Offices of dentists ($149,974).

Wages

Median Household Income

$74,346
2018 value
± $2,288
1.59%
1 Year Growth
± 4.66%

Households in Alaska have a median annual income of $74,346, which is more than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $73,181 in 2017, which represents a 1.59% annual growth.

The following chart shows how the median household income in Alaska compares to that of its neighboring and parent geographies.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

$70,907
Average Male Salary in Alaska
± $3,936
$57,837
Average Female Salary in Alaska
± $3,750

In 2018, full-time male employees in Alaska made 1.23 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Alaska by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Alaska
  1. White
    $63,912 ± $3,264
  2. Other
    $62,941 ± $21,837
  3. American Indian
    $51,675 ± $19,091

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Alaska workers was White. These workers were paid 1.02 times more than Other workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Alaska.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Alaska by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

0.455
2018 Wage GINI in Alaska
0.445
2017 Wage GINI in Alaska

In 2018, the income inequality in Alaska was 0.455 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 2.39% growth from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Alaska was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Alaska in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Alaska across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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In 2018, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Alaska was Anchorage Municipality, AK with a value of $83,648, followed by Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK and Matanuska-Susitna Borough, AK, with respective values of $75,448 and $72,667.

The following map shows all of the counties in Alaska colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

N/A N/A
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

N/A% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Alaska (N/A out of N/A people) live below the poverty line, a number that is approximately the same as the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are N/A N/A, followed by N/A N/A and then N/A N/A.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Alaska is N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

346k
2018 Value
1.16%
1 Year growth
± 1.16%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Alaska grew at a rate of 1.16%, from 342k employees to 346k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Alaska, are Other managers (11,443 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (7,925 people), and Driver/sales workers & truck drivers (7,633 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Alaska.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Alaska, by number of employees, are Other managers (11,443 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (7,925 people), and Driver/sales workers & truck drivers (7,633 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other states, Alaska has an unusually high number of residents working as Fishing and hunting workers (19.9 times higher than expected), Firstline enlisted military supervisors (14.9 times), and Hazardous materials removal workers (10.7 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Alaska, by average salary, are Physicians ($284,036), Facilities managers ($173,727), and Dental hygienists ($173,481).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

346k
2018 Value
1.16%
1 Year growth
± 1.16%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Alaska grew at a rate of 1.16%, from 342k employees to 346k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Alaska, are Elementary & secondary schools (23,867 people), Restaurants & Food Services (20,201 people), and Construction (18,135 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Alaska, though some of these residents may live in Alaska and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Alaska, by number of employees, are Elementary & secondary schools (23,867 people), Restaurants & Food Services (20,201 people), and Construction (18,135 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other states, Alaska has an unusually high number of Metal ore mining (32.7 times higher than expected), U. S Coast Guard (27.4 times), and Fishing, hunting & trapping (26.6 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Alaska, by average salary, are Savings institutions, including credit unions ($201,128), Oil & gas extraction ($191,818), and Offices of dentists ($149,974).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Alaska to other states, or from other states to Alaska.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $40.8B
  2. $4.7B
  3. $3.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Alaska product (by dollars) was Crude petroleum with $40.8B, followed by Gasoline ($4.7B) and Fuel oils ($3.1B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Alaska products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$64.6B
2015 Value in Alaska
$74.6B
Projected 2045 Value in Alaska
15.5% growth

In 2015, total outbound Alaska trade was $64.6B. This is expected to increase 15.5% to $74.6B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Alaska trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Alaska to other states, or from other states to Alaska.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $17.7B
  2. $7.35B
  3. $1.53B

In 2015, the top outbound Alaska domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was California with $17.7B, followed by Washington with $7.35B and Utah and $1.53B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Alaska shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Education

In 2017, universities in Alaska awarded 5,449 degrees. The student population of Alaska is skewed towards women, with 11,734 male students and 16,138 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Alaska are White (3,075 and 57.4%), followed by American Indian or Alaska Native (583 and 10.9%), Unknown (521 and 9.72%), and Two or More Races (381 and 7.11%).

The largest universities in Alaska by number of degrees awarded are University of Alaska Anchorage (2,460 and 45.1%), University of Alaska Fairbanks (1,543 and 28.3%), and University of Alaska Southeast (642 and 11.8%).

The most popular majors in Alaska are Liberal Arts & Sciences (481 and 8.83%), General Business Administration & Management (330 and 6.06%), and Medical Assistant (194 and 3.56%).

The median tuition costs in Alaska are $14,675 for private four year colleges, and $5,888 and $19,136 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 104 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 100 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 169 degree-majorss awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Alaska was Registered Nursing with 104 degree-majorss awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Alaska according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 2,460 degrees awarded
  2. 1,543 degrees awarded
  3. 642 degrees awarded
$5,888
Median In-State Public
$14,675
Median Private

In 2017, the Alaska institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Alaska Anchorage with 2,460 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,187
Degrees Awarded to Men
3,262
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 2,187 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Alaska, which is 0.67 times less than the 3,262 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Alaska by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    3,075 degrees awarded
  2. American Indian or Alaska Native
    583 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    521 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Alaska were to White students. These 3,075 degrees mean that there were 5.27 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, American Indian or Alaska Native, with 583 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Alaska was $276,100 in 2018, which is 1.2 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $273,100 to $276,100, a 1.1% increase. The homeownership rate in Alaska is 65.6%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Alaska have an average commute time of 18 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Alaska is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$276,100
2018 Median
± $4,365
$273,100
2017 Median
± $5,087

In 2018, the median property value in Alaska grew to to $276,100 from the previous year's value of $273,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Alaska compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Alaska the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$74,346
Median Household Income
± $2,288
255k
Number of Households
± 7,661

In 2018, the median household income of the 255k households in Alaska grew to $74,346 from the previous year's value of $73,181.

The following chart displays the households in Alaska distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Alaska distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Alaska the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

65.6%
2018 Homeownership
63.5%
2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 65.6% of the housing units in Alaska were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 63.5%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Alaska compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

18 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Alaska have a shorter commute time (18 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.17% of the workforce in Alaska have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel
  1. Drove Alone
    68%
  2. Carpooled
    12.3%
  3. Walked
    7.76%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Alaska was Drove Alone (68%), followed by those who Carpooled (12.3%) and those who Walked (7.76%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Alaska distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Alaska have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Health

N/A% of the population of Alaska has health coverage, with N/A% on employee plans, N/A% on Medicaid, N/A% on Medicare, N/A% on non-group plans, and N/A% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Alaska was $11,064 in 2014. This is a 6.1% increase from the previous year ($10,428).

Primary care physicians in Alaska see 1131 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.25% decrease from the previous year (1157 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1045 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 281 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Ketchikan Gateway Borough and Wrangell City and Borough have the highest prevalence of diabetes (9.4%). Additionally, Aleutians West Census Area has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (40.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,131 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Alaska

Primary care physicians in Alaska see an average of 1,131 patients per year. This represents a 2.25% decrease from the previous year (1,157 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Alaska in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

Data is only available at the state level. Showing data for Alaska.
$11,064
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Alaska
$5,958
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$12,001
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$9,288
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Alaska (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 6.1%, from $10,428 to $11,064.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

N/A%
Uninsured
N/A%
Employer Coverage
N/A%
Medicaid
N/A%
Medicare
N/A%
Non-Group
N/A%
Military or VA

Between N/A and N/A, the percent of uninsured citizens in Alaska N/A by N/A from N/A% to N/A%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Alaska changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 9.4% prevalence
  2. 9.4% prevalence
  3. 9.1% prevalence

Ketchikan Gateway Borough and Wrangell City and Borough have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Alaska, at 9.4%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Alaska by county over multiple years.

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