Barrow, AK

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Population

4,383

1.55% growth

Median Age

29.2


Median Household Income

$82,964

5.28% growth

Poverty Rate

11.2%


Number of Employees

1,792

4.07% growth

Median Property Value

$181,200

1.91% growth

About

In 2017, Barrow, AK had a population of 4.38k people with a median age of 29.2 and a median household income of $82,964. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Barrow, AK grew from 4,316 to 4,383, a 1.55% increase and its median household income grew from $78,804 to $82,964, a 5.28% increase.

The population of Barrow, AK is 60.3% American Indian & Alaska Native Alone, 13% White Alone, and 10.7% Asian Alone. 50.6% of the people in Barrow, AK speak a non-English language, and 96% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Barrow, AK are Ilisagvik College (115 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Barrow, AK is $181,200, and the homeownership rate is 46.3%. Most people in Barrow, AK commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 6.34 minutes. The average car ownership in Barrow, AK is 1 car per household.

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Economy

The economy of Barrow, AK employs 1.79k people. The largest industries in Barrow, AK are Public Administration (454 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (238 people), and Educational Services (218 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($84,792), Construction ($72,574), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($71,250).

Median household income in Barrow, AK is $82,964. Males in Barrow, AK have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $50,667. The income inequality in Barrow, AK (measured using the Gini index) is 0.436, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$82,964

2017 value

± $13,376

5.28%

1 Year Growth

± 22.4%

Households in Barrow, AK have a median annual income of $82,964, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $78,804 in 2016, which represents a 5.28% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$68,424

Average Male Salary

± $3,558

$50,667

Average Female Salary

± $2,680

In 2017, full-time male employees in Barrow, AK made 1.35 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. White

    $59,757 ± $2,775

  2. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races

    $46,641 ± $19,678

  3. Black

    $45,507 ± $11,416

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Barrow, AK workers was White. These workers were paid 1.28 times more than American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Barrow, AK is from Alaska.

0.436

2017 Wage GINI

0.436

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Alaska was 0.436 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.191% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 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.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 1

  2. N/A

  3. N/A

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Barrow, AK was Census Tract 1 with a value of $76,902, followed by N/A and N/A, with respective values of N/A and N/A.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

11.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Barrow, AK (481 out of 4.29k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 25 - 34 and then Females < 5.

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. Native American

    407 ± 103

  2. White

    61 ± 61

  3. Two Or More

    10 ± 47

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Barrow, AK is Native American, followed by White 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

1.79k

2017 Value

± 208

4.07%

1 Year growth

± 16.2%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Barrow, AK grew at a rate of 4.07%, from 1.72k employees to 1.79k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Barrow, AK, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (397 people), Management Occupations (152 people), and Transportation Occupations (132 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Barrow, AK.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Barrow, AK, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (397 people), Management Occupations (152 people), and Transportation Occupations (132 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Barrow, AK has an unusually high number of residents working as Community & Social Service Occupations (2.18 times higher than expected), Transportation Occupations (2.02 times), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1.7 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Barrow, AK, by median earnings, are Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($103,661), Business & Financial Operations Occupations ($93,750), and Management, Business, & Financial Occupations ($93,594).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

1.79k

2017 Value

± 208

4.07%

1 Year growth

± 16.2%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Barrow, AK grew at a rate of 4.07%, from 1.72k employees to 1.79k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Barrow, AK, are Public Administration (454 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (238 people), and Educational Services (218 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Barrow, AK, though some of these residents may live in Barrow, AK 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 Barrow, AK, by number of employees, are Public Administration (454 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (238 people), and Educational Services (218 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Barrow, AK has an unusually high number of Management of Companies & Enterprises (7.48 times higher than expected), Utilities (6.5 times), and Public Administration (5.43 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Barrow, AK, by median earnings, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($84,792), Construction ($72,574), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($71,250).

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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 with $4.7B and Fuel oils and $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

$74.6B

Projected 2045 Value

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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Health

74.4% of the population of Barrow, AK has health coverage, with 47.2% on employee plans, 17.7% on Medicaid, 5.05% on Medicare, 3.59% on non-group plans, and 0.892% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Barrow, AK 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

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1131 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Alaska see an average of 1131 patients per year. This represents a 2.25% decrease from the previous year (1157 patients).

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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%).

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Health Care Spending

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$11,064

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$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

25.6%

Uninsured

47.2%

Employer Coverage

17.7%

Medicaid

5.05%

Medicare

3.59%

Non-Group

0.892%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Barrow, AK declined by 17.1% from 30.8% to 25.6%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Barrow, AK 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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Diversity

Barrow, AK is home to a population of 4.38k people, from which 96% are citizens. As of 2017, 8.42% of Barrow, AK residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Barrow, AK is composed of 2.64k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (60.3%), 569 White Alone residents (13%), 467 Asian Alone residents (10.7%), 347 Two or More Races residents (7.92%), 200 Hispanic or Latino residents (4.56%), 144 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (3.29%), 15 Black or African American Alone residents (0.342%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Barrow, AK are Other Native North American Languages (1,162 speakers), Other Pacific Island Languages (361 speakers), and Tagalog (242 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

27

Median Native-Born Age

± 3.4

41

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Barrow, AK was 29.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 27, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Barrow, AK are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Barrow, AK residents was 27.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

8.42%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

9.36%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 8.42% of Barrow, AK residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Barrow, AK was 9.36%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Philippines

    17,951 ± 3,249 people

  2. Korea

    4,417 ± 1,627 people

  3. Mexico

    3,317 ± 1,411 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Barrow, AK was Philippines, the natal country of 17,951 Barrow, AK residents, followed by Korea with 4,417 and Mexico with 3,317.

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Citizenship

96%

2017 Citizenship

94.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96% of Barrow, AK residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Barrow, AK was 94.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. American Indian & Alaska Native Alone

    2.64k ± 399

  2. White Alone

    569 ± 410

  3. Asian Alone

    467 ± 53

In 2017, there were 4.64 times more American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (2.64k people) in Barrow, AK than any other race or ethnicity. There were 569 White Alone and 467 Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Barrow, AK as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Other Native North American Languages

    1,162 speakers (30.5%)

  2. Other Pacific Island Languages

    361 speakers (9.49%)

  3. Tagalog

    242 speakers (6.36%)

50.6% of Barrow, AK citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is higher than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Barrow, AK was Other Native North American Languages. 30.5% of the overall population of Barrow, AK are native Other Native North American Languages speakers. 9.49% speak Other Pacific Island Languages and 6.36% speak Other Native North American Languages, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    58 ± 40

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    20 ± 26

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    18 ± 22

Barrow, AK has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.9 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Barrow, AK awarded 115 degrees. The student population of Barrow, AK is skewed towards women, with 62 male students and 126 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Barrow, AK are American Indian or Alaska Native (46 and 40%), followed by White (39 and 33.9%), Asian (12 and 10.4%), and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders (7 and 6.09%).

The largest universities in Barrow, AK by number of degrees awarded are Ilisagvik College (115 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Barrow, AK are Other Construction Trade (32 and 27.8%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (15 and 13%), and Electrician (15 and 13%).

The median tuition costs in Barrow, AK are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 32 degrees awarded

  2. 15 degrees awarded

  3. 13 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Barrow, AK was Other Construction Trade with 32 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

115 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Barrow, AK institution with the largest number of graduating students was Ilisagvik College with 115 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

28

Degrees Awarded to Men

87

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 28 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Barrow, AK, which is 0.322 times less than the 87 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. American Indian or Alaska Native

    46 degrees awarded

  2. White

    39 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    12 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Barrow, AK were to American Indian or Alaska Native students. These 46 degrees mean that there were 1.18 times more American Indian or Alaska Native students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 39 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Barrow, AK was $181,200 in 2017, which is 0.833 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $177,800 to $181,200, a 1.91% increase. The homeownership rate in Barrow, AK is 46.3%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Barrow, AK have an average commute time of 6.34 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Barrow, AK is lower than the national average, with an average of 1 car per household.

Income

Household Income

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$82,964

Median Household Income

± $13,376

1.39k

Number of Households

± 180

In 2017, the median household income of the 1.39k households in Barrow, AK grew to $82,964 from the previous year's value of $78,804.

The following chart displays the households in Barrow, AK 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 $100k - $125k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$181,200

2017 Median

± $8,435

$177,800

2016 Median

± $9,618

In 2017, the median property value in Barrow, AK grew to to $181,200 from the previous year's value of $177,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Barrow, AK 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 Barrow, AK the largest share of households have a property value in the $175k - $200k range.

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Property Taxes

None

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Barrow, AK distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Barrow, AK the largest share of households pay taxes in the None range.

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Rent vs Own

46.3%

2017 Homeownership

44%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 46.3% of the housing units in Barrow, AK were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 44%.

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

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Transportation

Car Ownership

1 car

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Barrow, AK distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Barrow, AK have 1 car, followed by 2 cars.

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Commute Time

6.34 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Barrow, AK have a shorter commute time (6.34 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0% of the workforce in Barrow, AK have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    49.2%

  2. Carpooled

    27.1%

  3. Walked

    10.9%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Barrow, AK was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Walked.

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