Alaska is split up into Boroughs (counties) with 19 organized boroughs and one unorganized borough in the state. It is the only state in the union that uses boroughs and not counties.
The unorganized borough makes up the majority of the state which encompasses 323,440 square miles. Within that area, the population from 2020 was 77,157.
The communities within the unorganized borough consist of Bethel, Unalaska and Valdez. In the map below, the yellow boxes consist of the unorganized borough.
- Aleutians East Borough
- Anchorage Borough
- Bristol Bay Borough
- Denali Borough
- Fairbanks North Star Borough
- Haines Borough
- Juneau Borough
- Kenai Peninsula Borough
- Ketchikan Gateway Borough
- Kodiak Island Borough
- Lake and Peninsula Borough
- Matanuska-Susitna Borough
- North Slope Borough
- Northwest Arctic Borough
- Petersburg Borough
- Sitka Borough
- Skagway Borough
- Southeast Fairbanks Census Area
- Valdez-Cordova Census Area
- Wrangell Borough
- Yakutat City and Borough
- Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area
Alaska’s 5 Larges Boroughs By Population
- Anchorage Borough – 287,145
- Matanuska-Susitna Borough – 113,325
- Fairbanks North Star Borough – 95,356
- Kenai Peninsula Borough – 60,690
- Juneau City and Borough – 31,685
The Boroughs In Alaska By Population
There are 19 boroughs in Alaska with 1 unorganized borough that combine for a total population for the state at 733,583 (2022). There are only 2 (counties) that have a population of over 100,000 and they include Anchorage Municipality and Matanuska-Susitna Borough.
The data below covers the population from all 19 boroughs and 11 census areas that make up the 1 unorganized borough, from the 2021 census conducted by the US Census Bureau. We have included population estimates for 2022 and noted the changes in populations for each borough or area in Alaska.
It’s worth noting that many areas are showing a decline in population, but main population hubs like Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula have shown a large increase in their numbers from just two years of data.
Alaska draws people who may be touring the state, who then go home and make a plan to move up to Alaska.
Overall, Alaska’s population has been declining since peaking at 742,575 in 2016 as more people are leaving the state than people moving up to Alaska. Alaska’s last population estimate for 2022 stands at 736,556, provided by Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
|Borough||Population Total (2020)||Population Total (2022)||Change (2022)|
|Aleutians East Borough||3,420||3,398||-22|
|Bristol Bay Borough||844||865||21|
|Fairbanks North Star Borough||95,655||95,356||-299|
|Kenai Peninsula Borough||58,799||60,690||1,891|
|Ketchikan Gateway Borough||13,948||13,741||-207|
|Kodiak Island Borough||13,101||12,720||-381|
|Lake and Peninsula Borough||1,476||1,381||95|
|North Slope Borough||11,031||10,805||-226|
|Northwest Arctic Borough||7,793||7,423||-370|
|Yakutat City and Borough||662||700||38|
The below chart are populations of the Census Areas in Alaska
|Census Area||Population Total (2020)||Population Total (2022)||Change (2022)|
|Prince of Wales-Hyder||5,753||5,650||-103|