The 10 Alaska Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2023

We used science and data to determine which cities in Alaska have the largest African American population.

The Black community is one of the fastest growing communities in America this decade.

There are now 42 million people who identify as Black or African American living in America, making up 12% of the total population. According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Black population in Alaska is 22,787 - at 3.1% of the total population of Alaska.

The percentage growth of Blacks in America is the third largest percentage change for any race according to the Census's race and ethnicity definition. As most scholars and historians agree, an increase in the diversity in America is a good thing.

We agree.

But how has the increase in the black population impacted Alaska? Which cities and towns in Alaska have seen the greatest increase in its Black population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Alaska with the largest African American population in 2023:

  1. Fairbanks
  2. Anchorage
  3. Palmer
  4. Bethel
  5. Ketchikan
  6. Kenai
  7. Juneau
  8. Wasilla
  9. Sitka
  10. Kodiak

What's the blackest city in Alaska? Fairbanks took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Alaska for 2023. See if it ranked as one of the most african american cities in America.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where Alaska ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.

And if you already knew these places were Black, check out the best places to live in Alaska or the most diverse places in Alaska.

The 10 Blackest Cities In Alaska For 2023

1. Fairbanks

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Population: 33,018
% African American: 7.94%
# Of African American Residents: 2,621
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.02%
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Fairbanks, AK

2. Anchorage

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Population: 292,545
% African American: 5.16%
# Of African American Residents: 15,096
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.88%
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Anchorage, AK

3. Palmer

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Population: 5,978
% African American: 3.5%
# Of African American Residents: 209
Percent Change Since 2010: 99.05%
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Palmer, AK

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4. Bethel

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Population: 6,273
% African American: 2.39%
# Of African American Residents: 150
Percent Change Since 2010: 328.57%
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Bethel, AK

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5. Ketchikan

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Population: 8,150
% African American: 1.04%
# Of African American Residents: 85
Percent Change Since 2010: 286.36%
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Ketchikan, AK

6. Kenai

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Population: 7,452
% African American: 1.01%
# Of African American Residents: 75
Percent Change Since 2010: -44.03%
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Kenai, AK

7. Juneau

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Population: 32,240
% African American: 0.96%
# Of African American Residents: 311
Percent Change Since 2010: 34.63%
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Juneau, AK

8. Wasilla

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Population: 9,098
% African American: 0.89%
# Of African American Residents: 81
Percent Change Since 2010: 118.92%
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Wasilla, AK

9. Sitka

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Population: 8,518
% African American: 0.47%
# Of African American Residents: 40
Percent Change Since 2010: 81.82%
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Sitka, AK

10. Kodiak

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Population: 5,682
% African American: 0.02%
# Of African American Residents: 1
Percent Change Since 2010: -99.18%
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Kodiak, AK

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Alaska With The Largest Black Population For 2023

We still believe in the accuracy of data -- especially from the census. So that's where we went to get the breakdown of race across Alaska.

That lead us to the Census's most recently available data, the 2017-2021 American Community Survey data from the US Census.

Specifically, we looked at table B03002: Hispanic OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:

  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White alone*
  • Black or African American alone*
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
  • Asian alone*
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
  • Some other race alone*
  • Two or more races*
* Not Hispanic or latino

Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as Black or African American.

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 10 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 7.9% to 0.0%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Black population with a higher score being more Black than a lower score. Fairbanks took the distinction of being the most Black, while Kodiak was the least African American city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Alaska ranked by population of African American residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.

Summary: Black Populations Across Alaska

If you're looking for a breakdown of African American populations across Alaska according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you're curious enough, here are the least African American places in Alaska:

  1. Kodiak
  2. Sitka
  3. Wasilla

For more Alaska reading, check out:

African American Population By City In Alaska

Rank City % African American Population
1 Fairbanks 7.94% 33,018
2 Anchorage 5.16% 292,545
3 Palmer 3.5% 5,978
4 Bethel 2.39% 6,273
5 Ketchikan 1.04% 8,150
6 Kenai 1.01% 7,452
7 Juneau 0.96% 32,240
8 Wasilla 0.89% 9,098
9 Sitka 0.47% 8,518
10 Kodiak 0.02% 5,682

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Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2023. This is our tenth time ranking the cities in Alaska with the largest African American population.
About Chris Kolmar

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