The 10 Alaska Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in Alaska with 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 22,857 - 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 2021:

  1. Fairbanks
  2. Anchorage
  3. Palmer
  4. Bethel
  5. Wasilla
  6. Juneau
  7. Ketchikan
  8. Sitka
  9. Kenai
  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 2021. 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 2021

1. Fairbanks

Fairbanks, AK

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 31,551
% African American: 8.2%
# Of African American Residents: 2,588
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.21%
More on Fairbanks: Real Estate | Data | Photos

2. Anchorage

Anchorage, AK

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 293,531
% African American: 5.28%
# Of African American Residents: 15,486
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.56%
More on Anchorage: Real Estate | Data | Photos

3. Palmer

Palmer, AK

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,131
% African American: 2.97%
# Of African American Residents: 212
Percent Change Since 2010: 101.9%
More on Palmer: Real Estate | Data | Photos

4. Bethel

Bethel, AK

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,472
% African American: 1.81%
# Of African American Residents: 117
Percent Change Since 2010: 234.29%
More on Bethel: Real Estate | Data | Photos

5. Wasilla

Wasilla, AK

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,071
% African American: 1.22%
# Of African American Residents: 123
Percent Change Since 2010: 232.43%
More on Wasilla: Real Estate | Data | Photos

6. Juneau

Juneau, AK

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 32,227
% African American: 0.98%
# Of African American Residents: 316
Percent Change Since 2010: 36.8%
More on Juneau: Real Estate | Data | Photos

7. Ketchikan

Ketchikan, AK

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,228
% African American: 0.89%
# Of African American Residents: 73
Percent Change Since 2010: 231.82%
More on Ketchikan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

8. Sitka

Sitka, AK

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 8,640
% African American: 0.71%
# Of African American Residents: 61
Percent Change Since 2010: 177.27%
More on Sitka: Real Estate | Data | Photos

9. Kenai

Kenai, AK

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 7,742
% African American: 0.39%
# Of African American Residents: 30
Percent Change Since 2010: -77.61%
More on Kenai: Real Estate | Data | Photos

10. Kodiak

Kodiak, AK

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,022
% African American: 0.2%
# Of African American Residents: 12
Percent Change Since 2010: -90.16%
More on Kodiak: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In alaska With The Largest Black Population For 2021

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 2015-2019 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 8.2% to 0.2%.

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.

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. Sitka

For more Alaska reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Alaska

Rank City % African American Population
1 Fairbanks 8.2% 31,551
2 Anchorage 5.28% 293,531
3 Palmer 2.97% 7,131
4 Bethel 1.81% 6,472
5 Wasilla 1.22% 10,071
6 Juneau 0.98% 32,227
7 Ketchikan 0.89% 8,228
8 Sitka 0.71% 8,640
9 Kenai 0.39% 7,742
10 Kodiak 0.2% 6,022

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About Chris Kolmar

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