These Are The 10 Alaska Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2018


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

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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 23,008 – 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 2018:

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

Fairbanks took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Alaska for 2018. 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.

How We Determined The Cities In Alaska With The Largest Black Population For 2018

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 2012-2016 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 6,000 people. That left us with 10 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 8.0% 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.

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.

1. Fairbanks

Fairbanks, Alaska

Population: 32,578
% African American: 7.98%
# Of African American Residents: 2,599
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.81%
More on Fairbanks: Data | Jobs

Fairbanks is a home rule city and the borough seat of the Fairbanks North Star Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska.

2. Anchorage

Anchorage, Alaska

Population: 299,321
% African American: 5.31%
# Of African American Residents: 15,902
Percent Change Since 2010: 9.43%
More on Anchorage: Data | Jobs

Anchorage is a unified home rule municipality in the U.S. state of Alaska. With an estimated 298,192 residents in 2016, it is Alaska’s most populous city and contains more than 40 percent of the state’s total population; among the 50 states, only New York has a higher percentage of residents who live in its most populous city. All together, the Anchorage metropolitan area, which combines Anchorage with the neighboring Matanuska-Susitna Borough, had a population of 401,635 in 2016, which accounts for more than half of the state’s population.

3. Sitka

Sitka, Alaska

Population: 8,921
% African American: 2.19%
# Of African American Residents: 195
Percent Change Since 2010: 786.36%
More on Sitka: Data | Jobs

The City and Borough of Sitka, formerly Novo-Arkhangelsk, or New Archangel under Russian rule, is a unified city-borough located on Baranof Island and the southern half of Chichagof Island in the Alexander Archipelago of the Pacific Ocean, in the U.S. state of Alaska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,881. In terms of land area, it is the largest city-borough in the U.S., with a land area of 2,870.3 square miles and a total area of 4,811.4 square miles ; however, it is the smallest of Alaska’s boroughs. Urban Sitka, the part that is usually thought of as the “city” of Sitka, is on the west side of Baranof Island.

4. Wasilla

Wasilla, Alaska

Population: 8,972
% African American: 2.17%
# Of African American Residents: 195
Percent Change Since 2010: 427.03%
More on Wasilla: Data | Jobs

Wasilla is a city in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, United States and the sixth-largest city in Alaska. It is located on the northern point of Cook Inlet in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley of the southcentral part of the state. The city’s population was 7,831 at the 2010 census. Estimates in 2013 put the population at roughly 8,621. Wasilla is the largest city in the borough and a part of the Anchorage metropolitan area, which had an estimated population of 396,142 in 2013.

5. Palmer

Palmer, Alaska

Source: Public domain

Population: 6,572
% African American: 2.04%
# Of African American Residents: 134
Percent Change Since 2010: 27.62%
More on Palmer: Data | Jobs

Palmer is a city in and the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. It is part of the Anchorage Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city is 5,937.

6. Bethel

Bethel, Alaska

Source: Public domain

Population: 6,365
% African American: 2.03%
# Of African American Residents: 129
Percent Change Since 2010: 268.57%
More on Bethel: Data | Jobs

Bethel is a city located near the west coast of the U.S. state of Alaska, approximately 400 miles west of Anchorage, in the Bethel Census Area. Accessible only by air and river, Bethel is the main port on the Kuskokwim River and is an administrative and transportation hub for the 56 villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

7. Juneau

Juneau, Alaska

Population: 32,524
% African American: 1.12%
# Of African American Residents: 364
Percent Change Since 2010: 57.58%
More on Juneau: Data | Jobs

The City and Borough of Juneau, commonly known as Juneau, is the capital city of Alaska. It is a unified municipality located on the Gastineau Channel in the Alaskan panhandle, and it is the second largest city in the United States by area. Juneau has been the capital of Alaska since 1906, when the government of what was then the District of Alaska was moved from Sitka as dictated by the U.S. Congress in 1900. The municipality unified on July 1, 1970, when the city of Juneau merged with the city of Douglas and the surrounding Greater Juneau Borough to form the current municipality, which is larger by area than both Rhode Island and Delaware.

8. Ketchikan

Ketchikan, Alaska

Population: 8,189
% African American: 0.71%
# Of African American Residents: 58
Percent Change Since 2010: 163.64%
More on Ketchikan: Data | Jobs

Ketchikan is a city in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Alaska, United States, the southeasternmost city in Alaska. With a population at the 2010 census of 8,050, it is the fifth-most populous city in the state, and tenth-most populous community when census-designated places are included.

9. Kenai

Kenai, Alaska

Population: 7,551
% African American: 0.32%
# Of African American Residents: 24
Percent Change Since 2010: -82.09%
More on Kenai: Data | Jobs

Kenai is a city in the Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. The population was 7,100 as of the 2010 census.

10. Kodiak

Kodiak, Alaska

Population: 6,272
% African American: 0.02%
# Of African American Residents: 1
Percent Change Since 2010: -99.18%
More on Kodiak: Data | Jobs

Kodiak is one of seven communities and the main city on Kodiak Island, Kodiak Island Borough, in the U.S. state of Alaska. All commercial transportation between the entire island and the outside world goes through this city either via ferryboat or airline. The population was 6,130 as of the 2010 census. 2014 estimates put the population at 6,304.

There You Have It – 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. Kenai
  3. Ketchikan

For more Alaska reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Alaska

Rank City Population % African American
1 Fairbanks 32,578 7.98%
2 Anchorage 299,321 5.31%
3 Sitka 8,921 2.19%
4 Wasilla 8,972 2.17%
5 Palmer 6,572 2.04%
6 Bethel 6,365 2.03%
7 Juneau 32,524 1.12%
8 Ketchikan 8,189 0.71%
9 Kenai 7,551 0.32%
10 Kodiak 6,272 0.02%

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