Northwest Arctic Borough, AK

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2020 Population
7,709
0.0778% 1-year decline
US Senator
Lisa Murkowski
Republican Party
US Senator
Dan Sullivan
Republican Party
US Representative
Don Young
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
28.5
2.52% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
23.2%
11.2% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$63,750
4.67% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$125,800
11% 1-year decline
2020 Employed Population
2,687
2.6% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Northwest Arctic Borough, AK had a population of 7.71k people with a median age of 28.5 and a median household income of $63,750. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Northwest Arctic Borough, AK declined from 7,715 to 7,709, a −0.0778% decrease and its median household income grew from $60,906 to $63,750, a 4.67% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Northwest Arctic Borough, AK are American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (81.6%), White (Non-Hispanic) (10.5%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.27%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.18%), and White (Hispanic) (1.15%).

None of the households in Northwest Arctic Borough, AK reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

99.6% of the residents in Northwest Arctic Borough, AK are U.S. citizens.

In 2020, the median property value in Northwest Arctic Borough, AK was $125,800, and the homeownership rate was 56.9%. Most people in Northwest Arctic Borough, AK walked to work, and the average commute time was 5.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Northwest Arctic Borough, AK was 0 cars per household.

Diversity

Northwest Arctic Borough, AK is home to a population of 7.71k people, from which 99.6% are citizens. As of 2020, 1.45% of Northwest Arctic Borough, AK residents were born outside of the country (112 people).

In 2020, there were 7.78 times more American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents (6.29k people) in Northwest Arctic Borough, AK than any other race or ethnicity. There were 808 White (Non-Hispanic) and 252 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Northwest Arctic Borough, AK
  1. American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic)
    6.29k ± 67
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    808 ± 14
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    252 ± 80
2.48%
Hispanic Population
191 people

In 2020, there were 7.78 times more American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents (6.29k people) in Northwest Arctic Borough, AK than any other race or ethnicity. There were 808 White (Non-Hispanic) and 252 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.48% of the people in Northwest Arctic Borough, AK are hispanic (191 people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Northwest Arctic Borough, AK as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.45%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
112 people
1.49%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
115 people

As of 2020, 1.45% of Northwest Arctic Borough, AK residents (112 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Northwest Arctic Borough, AK was 1.49%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

28
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.6
47
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 2.3

In 2020, the median age of all people in Northwest Arctic Borough, AK was 28.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 28, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 47. But people in Northwest Arctic Borough, AK are getting getting older. In 2019, the average age of all Northwest Arctic Borough, AK residents was 28.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Philippines
    19,548 ± 3,387 people
  2. Mexico
    3,665 ± 1,483 people
  3. Korea
    3,499 ± 1,449 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Alaska was Philippines, the natal country of 19,548 Alaska residents, followed by Mexico with 3,665 and Korea with 3,499.

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Citizenship

99.6%
2020 Citizenship
99.4%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 99.6% of Northwest Arctic Borough, AK residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Northwest Arctic Borough, AK was 99.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    122 ± 53
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    60 ± 45
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    44 ± 29

Northwest Arctic Borough, AK has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.03 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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Y-Axis
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

Males in Alaska have an average income that is 1.27 times higher than the average income of females, which is $56,568. The income inequality in Alaska (measured using the Gini index) is 0.435, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Northwest Arctic Borough, AK employs 2.69k people. The largest industries in Northwest Arctic Borough, AK are Health Care & Social Assistance (523 people), Educational Services (479 people), and Public Administration (475 people), and the highest paying industries are Wholesale Trade ($131,875), Construction ($101,932), and Information ($61,250).

Wages

Median Household Income

$63,750
2020 value
± $6,028
4.67%
1 Year Growth
± 12%

Households in Northwest Arctic Borough, AK have a median annual income of $63,750, which is less than the median annual income of $64,994 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $60,906 in 2019, which represents a 4.67% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

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$71,881
Average Male Salary in Alaska
± $3,581
$56,568
Average Female Salary in Alaska
± $3,158

In 2020, full-time male employees in Alaska made 1.27 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the sex-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

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Alaska
  1. White
    $63,854 ± $2,980
  2. American Indian
    $58,105 ± $19,740
  3. Black
    $52,213 ± $10,025

In 2020 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Alaska workers was White. These workers were paid 1.1 times more than American Indian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Alaska.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Northwest Arctic Borough, AK is from Alaska.
0.435
2020 Wage GINI in Alaska
0.44
2019 Wage GINI in Alaska

In 2020, the income inequality in Alaska was 0.435 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 1.22% decline from 2019 to 2020, 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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Race/Ethnicity
Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 2
  2. Census Tract 1

The following map shows all of the tracts in Northwest Arctic Borough, AK colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Sex

Males 6 - 11
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

23.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Northwest Arctic Borough, AK (1.77k out of 7.65k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 6 - 11, followed by Females < 5 and then Females 6 - 11.

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
    1,720 ± 143
  2. Two Or More
    21 ± 64
  3. White
    16 ± 70

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

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

2.69k
2020 Value
± 230
2.6%
1 Year growth
± 11.6%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Northwest Arctic Borough, AK grew at a rate of 2.6%, from 2.62k employees to 2.69k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Northwest Arctic Borough, AK, are Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (374 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (289 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (286 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Northwest Arctic Borough, AK.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Northwest Arctic Borough, AK, by number of employees, are Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (374 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (289 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (286 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Northwest Arctic Borough, AK has an unusually high number of residents working as Community & Social Service Occupations (2.6 times higher than expected), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (2.27 times), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (2.12 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Northwest Arctic Borough, AK, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($250,001), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($102,639), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($95,000).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

2.69k
2020 Value
± 230
2.6%
1 Year growth
± 11.6%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Northwest Arctic Borough, AK grew at a rate of 2.6%, from 2.62k employees to 2.69k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Northwest Arctic Borough, AK, are Health Care & Social Assistance (523 people), Educational Services (479 people), and Public Administration (475 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Northwest Arctic Borough, AK, though some of these residents may live in Northwest Arctic Borough, 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 Northwest Arctic Borough, AK, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (523 people), Educational Services (479 people), and Public Administration (475 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Northwest Arctic Borough, AK has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (11.7 times higher than expected), Public Administration (3.79 times), and Utilities (3.43 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Northwest Arctic Borough, AK, by median earnings, are Wholesale Trade ($131,875), Construction ($101,932), and Information ($61,250).

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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. $10.1B
  2. $7.84B
  3. $4.1B

In 2020, the top outbound Alaska product (by dollars) was Crude petroleum with $10.1B, followed by Electronics ($7.84B) and Meat/seafood ($4.1B).

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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$41.8B
2020 Value in Alaska
$68.3B
Projected 2050 Value in Alaska
63.4% growth

In 2020, total outbound Alaska trade was $41.8B. This is expected to increase 63.4% to $68.3B by 2050.

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. $10.4B
  2. $3.24B
  3. $1.15B

In 2020, the top outbound Alaska domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was California with $10.4B, followed by Washington with $3.24B and Texas and $1.15B.

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

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Civics

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.

Northwest Arctic Borough, AK is currently represented by Don Young in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Alaska

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Lisa Murkowski
Senator from Alaska3
Assumed office on December 20, 2002
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of her father Frank Murkowski, who was elected 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 Northwest Arctic Borough, AK

Don Young
Alaska at-large Representative
Republican Party

Northwest Arctic Borough, AK 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 Northwest Arctic Borough, AK have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Northwest Arctic Borough, AK was $125,800 in 2020, which is 0.547 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $141,400 to $125,800, a 11% decrease. The homeownership rate in Northwest Arctic Borough, AK is 56.9%, which is lower than the national average of 64.4%. People in Northwest Arctic Borough, AK have an average commute time of 5.8 minutes, and they walked to work. Car ownership in Northwest Arctic Borough, AK is lower than the national average, with an average of 0 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$125,800
2020 Median
± $17,194
$141,400
2019 Median
± $20,595

In 2020, the median property value in Northwest Arctic Borough, AK declined from to $125,800 from the previous year's value of $141,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Northwest Arctic Borough, 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 Northwest Arctic Borough, AK the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

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$63,750
Median Household Income
± $6,028
1.8k
Number of Households
± 142

In 2020, the median household income of the 1.8k households in Northwest Arctic Borough, AK grew to $63,750 from the previous year's value of $60,906.

The following chart displays the households in Northwest Arctic Borough, 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 $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

None
Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

56.9%
2020 Homeownership
56.2%
2019 Homeownership

In 2020, 56.9% of the housing units in Northwest Arctic Borough, AK were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 56.2%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 64.4%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Northwest Arctic Borough, AK compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

5.8 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Northwest Arctic Borough, AK have a shorter commute time (5.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 0.0826% of the workforce in Northwest Arctic Borough, AK have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Walked (44%)
  2. Other (18.5%)
  3. Drove Alone (17.2%)

In 2020, 44% of workers in Northwest Arctic Borough, AK walked to work, followed by those who used some unspecified means to get work (18.5%) and those who drove alone to work (17.2%).

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

0 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Northwest Arctic Borough, AK distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Northwest Arctic Borough, AK have 0 cars, followed by false.

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Health

76.8% of the population of Northwest Arctic Borough, AK has health coverage, with 27.5% on employee plans, 40.7% on Medicaid, 3.32% on Medicare, 4.79% on non-group plans, and 0.52% 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 Northwest Arctic Borough, AK see 1278 patients per year on average, which represents a 33.5% decrease from the previous year (1921 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3810 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 98 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

1,278 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Northwest Arctic Borough, AK

Primary care physicians in Northwest Arctic Borough, AK see an average of 1,278 patients per year. This represents a 33.5% decrease from the previous year (1,921 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Northwest Arctic Borough, AK 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

23.2%
Uninsured
27.5%
Employer Coverage
40.7%
Medicaid
3.32%
Medicare
4.79%
Non-Group
0.52%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Northwest Arctic Borough, AK declined by 9.82% from 25.7% to 23.2%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Northwest Arctic Borough, 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. 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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