Alaska

State

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2019 Population
731,545
0.799% 1-year decline
US Senator
Lisa Murkowski
Republican Party
US Senator
Dan Sullivan
Republican Party
US Representative
Don Young
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
35
0.287% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
10.7%
1.02% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$75,463
1.5% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$281,200
1.85% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
334,191
3.46% 1-year decline

About

In 2019, Alaska had a population of 732k people with a median age of 35 and a median household income of $75,463. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Alaska declined from 737,438 to 731,545, a −0.799% decrease and its median household income grew from $74,346 to $75,463, a 1.5% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Alaska are White (Non-Hispanic) (59.8%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (15.5%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (6.96%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (5.92%), and White (Hispanic) (4.38%). 0% of the households in Alaska speak a non-English language at home as their primary language.

97.1% of the residents in Alaska are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Alaska are University of Alaska Anchorage (2,317 degrees awarded in 2019), University of Alaska Fairbanks (1,432 degrees), and University of Alaska Southeast (565 degrees).

In 2019, the median property value in Alaska was $281,200, and the homeownership rate was 64.7%. Most people in Alaska drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 19.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Alaska was 2 cars per household.

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

Diversity

Alaska is home to a population of 732k people, from which 97.1% are citizens. As of 2019, 12.5% of Alaska residents were born outside of the country (91.4k people).

In 2019, there were 3.86 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (438k people) in Alaska than any other race or ethnicity. There were 113k American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) and 50.9k 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)
    438k ± 2.14k
  2. American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic)
    113k ± 3.89k
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    50.9k ± 5.03k
7.18%
Hispanic Population
52.5k people

In 2019, there were 3.86 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (438k people) in Alaska than any other race or ethnicity. There were 113k American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) and 50.9k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

7.18% of the people in Alaska are hispanic (52.5k people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

12.5%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
91.4k people
7.78%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
57.4k people

As of 2019, 12.5% of Alaska residents (91.4k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 34%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Alaska was 7.78%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

34
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.3
46
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 2.2

In 2019, the median age of all people in Alaska was 35. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 34, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 46. But people in Alaska are getting getting older. In 2018, the average age of all Alaska residents was 35.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin
  1. Philippines
    17,039 ± 3,167 people
  2. Korea
    4,112 ± 1,570 people
  3. Canada
    3,462 ± 1,441 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Alaska was Philippines, the natal country of 17,039 Alaska residents, followed by Korea with 4,112 and Canada with 3,462.

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Citizenship

97.1%
2019 Citizenship
96.7%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 97.1% of Alaska residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Alaska was 96.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    20,032 ± 2,440
  2. Vietnam
    14,567 ± 1,696
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    11,200 ± 1,934

Alaska has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.38 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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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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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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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.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Alaska. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Alaska.

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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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Economy

Median household income in Alaska is $75,463. In 2019, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Alaska was Anchorage Municipality, AK with a value of $82,716, followed by Matanuska-Susitna Borough, AK and Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK, with respective values of $74,709 and $72,065.

Males in Alaska have an average income that is 1.17 times higher than the average income of females, which is $56,460. The income inequality in Alaska (measured using the Gini index) is 0.42, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Alaska employs 334k people. The largest industries in Alaska are Elementary & secondary schools (21,860 people), Construction (20,570 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (16,226 people), and the highest paying industries are Petroleum refining ($178,127), Oil & gas extraction ($137,579), and Petroleum & petroleum products merchant wholesalers ($135,932).

Wages

Median Household Income

$75,463
2019 value
± $2,694
1.5%
1 Year Growth
± 4.64%

Households in Alaska have a median annual income of $75,463, which is more than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $74,346 in 2018, which represents a 1.5% 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

$66,016
Average Male Salary in Alaska
± $3,279
$56,460
Average Female Salary in Alaska
± $3,045

In 2019, full-time male employees in Alaska made 1.17 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. American Indian
    $65,825 ± $17,301
  2. White
    $59,450 ± $2,661
  3. Asian
    $49,062 ± $8,105

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Alaska workers was American Indian. These workers were paid 1.11 times more than White 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

0.42
2019 Wage GINI in Alaska
0.455
2018 Wage GINI in Alaska

In 2019, the income inequality in Alaska was 0.42 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 7.79% decline from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Alaska was lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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 2019, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Alaska was Anchorage Municipality, AK with a value of $82,716, followed by Matanuska-Susitna Borough, AK and Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK, with respective values of $74,709 and $72,065.

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

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

10.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Alaska (76.9k out of 719k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 25 - 34 and then Females 18 - 24.

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

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. White
    33,623 ± 1,359
  2. Native American
    25,475 ± 859
  3. Two Or More
    6,825 ± 581

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Alaska is White, followed by Native American and Two Or More.

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

334k
2019 Value
−3.46%
1 Year decline
± −3.46%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Alaska declined at a rate of −3.46%, from 346k employees to 334k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Alaska, are Other managers (8,751 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (8,165 people), and Registered nurses (7,979 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 (8,751 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (8,165 people), and Registered nurses (7,979 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 (27.5 times higher than expected), Ship & boat captains & operators (15.2 times), and Petroleum, mining & geological engineers, including mining safety engineers (9.05 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Alaska, by average salary, are Physicians ($213,977), Project management specialists ($173,153), and Firstline supervisors of construction trades & extraction workers ($157,904).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

334k
2019 Value
−3.46%
1 Year decline
± −3.46%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Alaska declined at a rate of −3.46%, from 346k employees to 334k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Alaska, are Elementary & secondary schools (21,860 people), Construction (20,570 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (16,226 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 (21,860 people), Construction (20,570 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (16,226 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other states, Alaska has an unusually high number of Fishing, hunting & trapping (26.3 times higher than expected), Metal ore mining (20.5 times), and U. S Coast Guard (16.3 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Alaska, by average salary, are Petroleum refining ($178,127), Oil & gas extraction ($137,579), and Petroleum & petroleum products merchant wholesalers ($135,932).

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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. $26.3B
  2. $15B
  3. $5.55B

In 2018, the top outbound Alaska product (by dollars) was Crude petroleum with $26.3B, followed by Electronics ($15B) and Gasoline ($5.55B).

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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$72.6B
2018 Value in Alaska
$144B
Projected 2045 Value in Alaska
98.8% growth

In 2018, total outbound Alaska trade was $72.6B. This is expected to increase 98.8% to $144B 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. $16.8B
  2. $5.3B
  3. $3.2B

In 2018, the top outbound Alaska domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was California with $16.8B, followed by Washington with $5.3B and Texas and $3.2B.

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

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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 Don Young in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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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
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of her father Frank Murkowski, who had become List of Governors of Alaska|Governor of Alaska.
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.

The following chart shows elected senators in Alaska over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Alaska

Don Young
Alaska at-large Representative
Republican Party

Alaska is currently represented by Don Young (Republican Party).

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

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Education

In 2019, universities in Alaska awarded 4,975 degrees. The student population of Alaska is skewed towards women, with 9,553 male students and 14,431 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Alaska are White (2,782 and 57%), followed by American Indian or Alaska Native (460 and 9.42%), Two or More Races (415 and 8.5%), and Unknown (414 and 8.48%).

The largest universities in Alaska by number of degrees awarded are University of Alaska Anchorage (2,317 and 46.6%), University of Alaska Fairbanks (1,432 and 28.8%), and University of Alaska Southeast (565 and 11.4%).

The most popular majors in Alaska are Liberal Arts & Sciences (428 and 8.6%), General Business Administration & Management (311 and 6.25%), and Medical Assistant (187 and 3.76%).

The median tuition costs in Alaska are $14,675 for private four year colleges, and $6,846 and $22,858 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 132 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 102 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 152 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Alaska was Registered Nursing with 132 degrees 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. 2,317 degrees awarded
  2. 1,432 degrees awarded
  3. 565 degrees awarded
$6,846
Median In-State Public
$14,675
Median Private

In 2019, the Alaska institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Alaska Anchorage with 2,317 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,980
Degrees Awarded to Men
2,995
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 1,980 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Alaska, which is 0.661 times less than the 2,995 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
    2,782 degrees awarded
  2. American Indian or Alaska Native
    460 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    415 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Alaska was White students. These 2,782 degrees mean that there were 6.05 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, American Indian or Alaska Native, with 460 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Alaska was $281,200 in 2019, which is 1.17 times larger than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $276,100 to $281,200, a 1.85% increase. The homeownership rate in Alaska is 64.7%, which is higher than the national average of 64.1%. People in Alaska have an average commute time of 19.3 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Alaska is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$281,200
2019 Median
± $5,927
$276,100
2018 Median
± $4,365

In 2019, the median property value in Alaska grew to to $281,200 from the previous year's value of $276,100.

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.
$75,463
Median Household Income
± $2,694
252k
Number of Households
± 7,786

In 2019, the median household income of the 252k households in Alaska grew to $75,463 from the previous year's value of $74,346.

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

64.7%
2019 Homeownership
65.6%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 64.7% of the housing units in Alaska were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 65.6%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Alaska compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

19.3 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Alaska have a shorter commute time (19.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (26 minutes). Additionally, 2.39% of the workforce in Alaska have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (70%)
  2. Carpooled (12%)
  3. Walked (7.07%)

In 2019, 70% of workers in Alaska drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (12%) and those who walked to work (7.07%).

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 false.

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Health

87.8% of the population of Alaska has health coverage, with 42.6% on employee plans, 18.2% on Medicaid, 8.48% on Medicare, 13.2% on non-group plans, and 5.24% 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 1069 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.73% decrease from the previous year (1099 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 978 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 200 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Wrangell City and Borough has the highest prevalence of diabetes (18.7%). Additionally, Aleutians East Borough has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (51.9%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,069 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Alaska

Primary care physicians in Alaska see an average of 1,069 patients per year. This represents a 2.73% decrease from the previous year (1,099 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

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$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

12.2%
Uninsured
42.6%
Employer Coverage
18.2%
Medicaid
8.48%
Medicare
13.2%
Non-Group
5.24%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Alaska declined by 3.39% from 12.6% to 12.2%.

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. 18.7% prevalence
  2. 17.6% prevalence
  3. 15.1% prevalence

Wrangell City and Borough has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Alaska, at 18.7%.

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

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