Seward, AK

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Population

2,748

1.25% growth

Median Age

37.5


Median Household Income

$74,397

6.28% growth

Poverty Rate

9.18%


Number of Employees

1,133

5.82% decline

Median Property Value

$228,900

18.9% growth

About

In 2017, Seward, AK had a population of 2.75k people with a median age of 37.5 and a median household income of $74,397. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Seward, AK grew from 2,714 to 2,748, a 1.25% increase and its median household income grew from $70,000 to $74,397, a 6.28% increase.

The population of Seward, AK is 65% White Alone, 15.3% American Indian & Alaska Native Alone, and 7.46% Asian Alone. 18% of the people in Seward, AK speak a non-English language, and 93.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Seward, AK are AVTEC-Alaska's Institute of Technology (272 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Seward, AK is $228,900, and the homeownership rate is 49.7%. Most people in Seward, AK commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 6.95 minutes. The average car ownership in Seward, AK is 1 car per household.

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Economy

The economy of Seward, AK employs 1.13k people. The largest industries in Seward, AK are Accommodation & Food Services (234 people), Public Administration (164 people), and Manufacturing (93 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($83,487), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($68,750), and Construction ($60,333).

Median household income in Seward, AK is $74,397. Males in Seward, 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 Seward, AK (measured using the Gini index) is 0.436, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$74,397

2017 value

± $15,121

6.28%

1 Year Growth

± 21.9%

Households in Seward, AK have a median annual income of $74,397, 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 $70,000 in 2016, which represents a 6.28% 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 Seward, 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 Seward, 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 Seward, 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.

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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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. N/A

  2. N/A

  3. N/A

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Seward, AK was N/A with a value of N/A, 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

Males < 5

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

9.18% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Seward, AK (205 out of 2.23k 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 Males < 5, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 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. White

    148 ± 107

  2. Hispanic

    130 ± 106

  3. Native American

    27 ± 55

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

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

1.13k

2017 Value

± 228

-5.82%

1 Year decline

± 29.6%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Seward, AK declined at a rate of -5.82%, from 1.2k employees to 1.13k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Seward, AK, are Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (162 people), Management Occupations (151 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (151 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Seward, AK.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Seward, AK, by number of employees, are Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (162 people), Management Occupations (151 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (151 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Seward, AK has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (4.39 times higher than expected), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (2.44 times), and Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (1.8 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Seward, AK, by median earnings, are Protective Service Occupations ($86,023), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($85,682), and Healthcare Support Occupations ($85,114).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

1.13k

2017 Value

± 228

-5.82%

1 Year decline

± 29.6%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Seward, AK declined at a rate of -5.82%, from 1.2k employees to 1.13k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Seward, AK, are Accommodation & Food Services (234 people), Public Administration (164 people), and Manufacturing (93 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Seward, AK, though some of these residents may live in Seward, 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 Seward, AK, by number of employees, are Accommodation & Food Services (234 people), Public Administration (164 people), and Manufacturing (93 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Seward, AK has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (3.43 times higher than expected), Public Administration (3.1 times), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (2.94 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Seward, AK, by median earnings, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($83,487), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($68,750), and Construction ($60,333).

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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

85.3% of the population of Seward, AK has health coverage, with 52% on employee plans, 18.4% on Medicaid, 8.42% on Medicare, 5.15% on non-group plans, and 1.25% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Seward, 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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1,131 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

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).

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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%).

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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

14.7%

Uninsured

52%

Employer Coverage

18.4%

Medicaid

8.42%

Medicare

5.15%

Non-Group

1.25%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Seward, AK grew by 5.61% from 14% to 14.7%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Seward, 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

Seward, AK is home to a population of 2.75k people, from which 93.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 8.52% of Seward, AK residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Seward, AK is composed of 1.79k White Alone residents (65%), 420 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (15.3%), 205 Asian Alone residents (7.46%), 143 Hispanic or Latino residents (5.2%), 124 Two or More Races residents (4.51%), 51 Black or African American Alone residents (1.86%), 20 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.728%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Seward, AK are Tagalog (222 speakers), Other Native North American Languages (177 speakers), and Spanish or Spanish Creole (20 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

37

Median Native-Born Age

± 3.4

44

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 22

In 2017, the median age of all people in Seward, AK was 37.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 44. But people in Seward, AK are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Seward, AK residents was 39.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

8.52%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

8.03%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 8.52% of Seward, 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 Seward, AK was 8.03%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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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 Seward, AK was Philippines, the natal country of 17,951 Seward, AK residents, followed by Korea with 4,417 and Mexico with 3,317.

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Citizenship

93.4%

2017 Citizenship

93.7%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 93.4% of Seward, AK residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Seward, AK was 93.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    1.79k ± 236

  2. American Indian & Alaska Native Alone

    420 ± 160

  3. Asian Alone

    205 ± 135

In 2017, there were 4.25 times more White Alone residents (1.79k people) in Seward, AK than any other race or ethnicity. There were 420 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone and 205 Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Tagalog

    222 speakers (8.4%)

  2. Other Native North American Languages

    177 speakers (6.7%)

  3. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    20 speakers (0.757%)

18% of Seward, AK citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Seward, AK was Tagalog. 8.4% of the overall population of Seward, AK are native Tagalog speakers. 6.7% speak Other Native North American Languages and 0.757% speak Tagalog, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    106 ± 54

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    42 ± 40

  3. Korea

    34 ± 42

Seward, AK has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.52 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Seward, AK awarded 272 degrees. The student population of Seward, AK is skewed towards men, with 1,017 male students and 192 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Seward, AK are White (115 and 42.3%), followed by American Indian or Alaska Native (93 and 34.2%), Two or More Races (25 and 9.19%), and Hispanic or Latino (14 and 5.15%).

The largest universities in Seward, AK by number of degrees awarded are AVTEC-Alaska's Institute of Technology (272 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Seward, AK are Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant (50 and 18.4%), Energy Management & Systems Technology (41 and 15.1%), and General Administrative Assistant & Secretarial Science (27 and 9.93%).

The median tuition costs in Seward, 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

In 2015, the most common concentation for < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Seward, AK was Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant with 50 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

272 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Seward, AK institution with the largest number of graduating students was AVTEC-Alaska's Institute of Technology with 272 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

187

Degrees Awarded to Men

85

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 187 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Seward, AK, which is 2.2 times more than the 85 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    115 degrees awarded

  2. American Indian or Alaska Native

    93 degrees awarded

  3. Two or More Races

    25 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Seward, AK were to White students. These 115 degrees mean that there were 1.24 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, American Indian or Alaska Native, with 93 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Seward, AK was $228,900 in 2017, which is 1.05 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $192,500 to $228,900, a 18.9% increase. The homeownership rate in Seward, AK is 49.7%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Seward, AK have an average commute time of 6.95 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Seward, AK is lower than the national average, with an average of 1 car per household.

Income

Household Income

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$74,397

Median Household Income

± $15,121

799

Number of Households

± 170

In 2017, the median household income of the 799 households in Seward, AK grew to $74,397 from the previous year's value of $70,000.

The following chart displays the households in Seward, 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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Housing

Property Value

$228,900

2017 Median

± $27,480

$192,500

2016 Median

± $60,404

In 2017, the median property value in Seward, AK grew to to $228,900 from the previous year's value of $192,500.

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

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Seward, AK distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Seward, AK the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

49.7%

2017 Homeownership

50.7%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 49.7% of the housing units in Seward, AK were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 50.7%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Seward, 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 Seward, AK distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Seward, AK have 1 car, followed by 2 cars.

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Commute Time

6.95 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Seward, AK have a shorter commute time (6.95 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.478% of the workforce in Seward, AK have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    64.8%

  2. Walked

    14.4%

  3. Carpooled

    13.1%

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

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