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State Demographics Data - AK

Alaska

Demographics & Social
2015
2000
1990
Demographics

Note: The term "foreign born" refers to people residing in the United States at the time of the population survey who were not U.S. citizens at birth. The foreign-born population includes naturalized U.S. citizens, lawful permanent immigrants (or green-card holders), refugees and asylees, certain legal nonimmigrants (including those on student, work, or some other temporary visas), and persons residing in the country without authorization.

Foreign Born
Number 58,544
% Foreign Born 7.9%
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2015 57.5%
% change: 1990-2000 49.8%
Race (%)  
One race 97.5%
White
29.6%
Black or African American
3.4%
American Indian and Alaska Native
0.2%
Asian
54.2%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander
1.4%
Other race
8.6%
Two or more races 2.5%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 10,149
% Latino 17.3%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 0.4%
5-17 6.7%
18-64 84.0%
65 and older 9.0%
Median Age

Note: 1) Data for Alaska, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the Census Bureau's pooled 2011-2015 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2015 ACS. 2) The letter N Indicates that a number could not be provided by the Census Bureau because the number of sample cases was too small for this state.

43.5
Gender (% female) 55.2%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 25.6%
Married 57.4%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 17.0%

Note: The term "U.S. born" refers to people residing in the United States who were U.S. citizens in one of three categories: people born in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia; people born in U.S. Insular Areas such as Puerto Rico or Guam; or people who were born abroad to at least one U.S. citizen parent.

U.S. Born
Number 679,888
% Foreign Born  
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011 15.3%
% change: 1990-2000 12.3%
Race (%)  
One race 90.9%
White 68.2%
Black or African American 3.6%
American Indian and Alaska Native 14.9%
Asian 2.3%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.9%
Other race 1.1%
Two or more races 9.1%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 41,676
% Latino 6.1%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 8.0%
5-17 18.8%
18-64 63.5%
65 and older 9.7%
Median Age 32.3
Gender (% female) 46.7%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 36.8%
Married 46.1%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 17.1%
Foreign Born
Number 37,170
% Foreign Born 5.9%
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011  
 
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U.S. Born
Number 589,762
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Foreign Born
Number 24,814
% Foreign Born 4.5%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
Number 525,229
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Place of Birth Number
Region of Birth (excluding born at sea)

Note: For 1990, 2000, and current ACS year, the total for the region of birth of the foreign born is different from the total foreign born. This is because the 1990 total excludes those who did not report a country of birth and those born at sea, while the 2000 and the current ACS year totals exclude those born at sea.

58,544
Born in Africa 2,545
Born in Asia 32,697
Born in Europe 9,045
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 10,556
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 2,599
Born in Oceania 1,102
Top 3 Countries of Birth

Note: These are the largest countries of birth reported by the Census Bureau. Some countries are only listed as part of a larger geographic region. For example, those born in Somalia are included only among those born in Eastern Africa. Therefore, a few states may have larger populations of foreign-born persons born in countries not listed individually in census data. For each of the three years, countries of birth reflect geographic boundaries as of that year. The estimate for China excludes Taiwan.

 
Country #1 Philippines
Country #2 Mexico
Country #3 Korea
Detailed Region/Country of Birth

Note: These are the largest countries of birth reported by the Census Bureau. Some countries are only listed as part of a larger geographic region. For example, those born in Somalia are included only among those born in Eastern Africa. Therefore, a few states may have larger populations of foreign-born persons born in countries not listed individually in census data. For each of the three years, countries of birth reflect geographic boundaries as of that year.

58,544
Europe 9,045
Northern Europe 1,192
United Kingdom
831
Ireland
22
Other Northern Europe
339
Western Europe 2,310
France
186
Germany
1,662
Other Western Europe
462
Southern Europe 155
Italy
31
Portugal
0
Other Southern Europe
124
Eastern Europe 5,285
Poland
202
Russia
2,073
Other Eastern Europe
3,010
Other Europe (no country specified) 103
Asia 32,697
Eastern Asia 5,764
China
1,511

China, excluding Taiwan

1,438

Taiwan

73
Japan
581
Korea
3,497
Other Eastern Asia
175
South Central Asia 1,796
India
1,281
Iran
222
Other South Central Asia
293
Southeastern Asia 24,719
Philippines
20,780
Vietnam
1,449
Other Southeastern Asia
2,490
Western Asia 352
Israel
37
Lebanon
0
Other Western Asia
315
Other Asia (no country specified) 66
Africa 2,545
Eastern Africa 1,414
Northern Africa
149
Western Africa
678
Middle and Southern Africa
0
Other Africa (no country specified)
304
Oceania 1,102
Australia and New Zealand subregion 384
Oceania (no country specified) 718
Americas 13,155
Latin America 10,556
Caribbean
2,091

Cuba

47

Jamaica

112

Other Caribbean

1,932
Central America
5,897

Mexico

4,137

El Salvador

518

Other Central America

1,242
South America
2,568

Brazil

83

Colombia

1,439

Other South America

1,046
Northern America 2,599
Canada
2,599
Other Northern America
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Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1990 14,661
1990-1999 16,178
2000-2009 17,309
Since 2010 10,396
%
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 100%
Born in Africa 4.3%
Born in Asia 55.9%
Born in Europe 15.4%
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 18.0%
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 4.4%
Born in Oceania 1.9%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 34.5%
Country #2 9.1%
Country #3 5.0%
Detailed Region/Country of Birth* 100%
Europe 15.4%
Northern Europe 2.0%
United Kingdom 1.4%
Ireland 0.0%
Other Northern Europe 0.6%
Western Europe 3.9%
France 0.3%
Germany 2.8%
Other Western Europe 0.8%
Southern Europe 0.3%
Italy 0.1%
Portugal 0.0%
Other Southern Europe 0.2%
Eastern Europe 9.0%
Poland 0.3%
Russia 3.5%
Other Eastern Europe 5.1%
Other Europe (no country specified) 0.2%
Asia 55.9%
Eastern Asia 9.8%
China 2.6%
China, excluding Taiwan 2.5%
Taiwan 0.1%
Japan 1.0%
Korea 6.0%
Other Eastern Asia 0.3%
South Central Asia 3.1%
India 2.2%
Iran 0.4%
Other South Central Asia 0.5%
Southeastern Asia 42.2%
Philippines 35.5%
Vietnam 2.5%
Other Southeastern Asia 4.3%
Western Asia 0.6%
Israel 0.1%
Lebanon 0.0%
Other Western Asia 0.5%
Other Asia (no country specified) 0.1%
Africa 4.3%
Eastern Africa 2.4%
Northern Africa 0.3%
Western Africa 1.2%
Middle and Southern Africa 0.0%
Other Africa (no country specified) 0.5%
Oceania 1.9%
Australia and New Zealand subregion 0.7%
Oceania (no country specified) 1.2%
Americas 22.5%
Latin America 18.0%
Caribbean 3.6%
Cuba 0.1%
Jamaica 0.2%
Other Caribbean 3.3%
Central America 10.1%
Mexico 7.1%
El Salvador 0.9%
Other Central America 2.1%
South America 4.4%
Brazil 0.1%
Colombia 2.5%
Other South America 1.8%
Northern America 4.4%
Canada 4.4%
Other Northern America 0.0%
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1980 25.0%
1980-1989 27.6%
1990-1999 29.6%
Since 2000 17.8%
Number
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 37,170
Born in Africa 369
Born in Asia 18,826
Born in Europe 7,425
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 6,658
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 2,895
Cat28 997
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 Philippines
Country #2 Korea
Country #3 Canada
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
Region of birth 100%
Born in Africa 1.0%
Born in Asia 50.6%
Born in Europe 20.0%
Born in Latin America 17.9%
Born in Northern America 7.8%
Born in Oceania 2.7%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 23.9%
Country #2 10.9%
Country #3 7.8%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Number
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 23,860
Born in Africa 226
Born in Asia 11,375
Born in Europe 5,846
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 3,380
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 2,584
Cat21 449
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 Philippines
Country #2 Korea
Country #3 Canada
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
Region of birth 100%
Born in Africa 0.9%
Born in Asia 47.7%
Born in Europe 24.5%
Born in Latin America 14.2%
Born in Northern America 10.8%
Born in Oceania 1.9%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 22.0%
Country #2 11.2%
Country #3 10.8%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Naturalization Number
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 58,544
Naturalized citizens 32,367
Noncitizens 26,177
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 32,367
Before 1980 2,974
1980-1989 3,437
1990-1999 5,234
2000-2009 12,270
Since 2010 8,452
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 55.3%
Noncitizens 44.7%
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 100%
Before 1980 9.2%
1980-1989 10.6%
1990-1999 16.2%
2000-2009 37.9%
Since 2010 26.1%
Number
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 37,170
Naturalized citizens 20,011
Noncitizens 17,159
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 53.8%
Noncitizens 46.2%
   
   
   
   
   
   
Number
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 24,814
Naturalized citizens 13,365
Noncitizens 11,449
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 53.9%
Noncitizens 46.1%
   
   
   
   
   
   
Fertility Foreign Born
Female Population (ages 15-50) 19,804
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 1,056
% married among women who gave birth
100.0%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth
0.0%
U.S. Born
Female Population (ages 15-50) 153,756
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 10,088
% married among women who gave birth 64.9%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth 35.1%
Foreign Born
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
   
   
Foreign Born
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
   
   
Household and Family Size

Note: Data for Alaska, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the Census Bureau's pooled 2011-2015 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2015 ACS. 2) The letter N indicates that a number could not be provided by the Census Bureau because the number of sample cases was too small for this state.

Foreign Born
Average household size 3.49
Average family size 4.20
U.S. Born
Average household size 2.76
Average family size 3.33
Foreign Born
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
Foreign Born
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
 
Population
Population
Population
Children under 18 Number
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents

Note: Refers only to children under 18 who resided with at least one parent. Beginning with the 2014 ACS, the Census Bureau is excluding children of same-sex married couples from the total number of children. This means that the total number of children may be smaller than in previous years.

 
Children under age 18 with 176,316
Only native parent(s)
151,717
One or more foreign-born parents
24,599

Child is native

21,635

Child is foreign born

2,964
Children under age 6 with 63,071
Only native parent(s)
55,902
One or more foreign-born parents
7,169

Child is native

6,936

Child is foreign born

233
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 113,245
Only native parent(s)
95,815
One or more foreign-born parents
17,430

Child is native

14,699

Child is foreign born

2,731
Children in Low-Income Families

Note: Refers only to children under 18 who resided with at least one parent. Beginning with the 2014 American Community Survey, the Census Bureau is excluding children of same-sex married couples from the total number of children. This means that the total number of children may be smaller than in previous years. The term "low-income families" refers to families with annual incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty threshold.

59,593
Only native parents 49,517
One or more foreign-born parents 10,076
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents*  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 86.0%
One or more foreign-born parents 14.0%
Child is native 12.3%
Child is foreign born 1.7%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 88.6%
One or more foreign-born parents 11.4%
Child is native 11.0%
Child is foreign born 0.4%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 84.6%
One or more foreign-born parents 15.4%
Child is native 13.0%
Child is foreign born 2.4%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 83.1%
One or more foreign-born parents 16.9%
Number
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents  
Children under age 18 with 180,509
Only native parent(s) 160,891
One or more foreign-born parents 19,618
Child is native 16,486
Child is foreign born 3,132
Children under age 6 with 57,106
Only native parent(s) 50,666
One or more foreign-born parents 6,440
Child is native 6,244
Child is foreign born 196
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 123,403
Only native parent(s) 110,225
One or more foreign-born parents 13,178
Child is native 10,242
Child is foreign born 2,936
Children in Low-Income Families* 58,105
Only native parents 50,160
One or more foreign-born parents 7,945
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 89.1%
One or more foreign-born parents 10.9%
Child is native 9.1%
Child is foreign born 1.7%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 88.7%
One or more foreign-born parents 11.3%
Child is native 10.9%
Child is foreign born 0.3%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 89.3%
One or more foreign-born parents 10.7%
Child is native 8.3%
Child is foreign born 2.4%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 86.3%
One or more foreign-born parents 13.7%
Number
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents  
Children under age 18 with 166,867
Only native parent(s) 153,847
One or more foreign-born parents 13,020
Child is native 11,730
Child is foreign born 1,290
Children under age 6 with 64,291
Only native parent(s) 58,886
One or more foreign-born parents 5,405
Child is native 5,163
Child is foreign born 242
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 102,576
Only native parent(s) 94,961
One or more foreign-born parents 7,615
Child is native 6,567
Child is foreign born 1,048
Children in Low-Income Families* 46,934
Only native parents 43,797
One or more foreign-born parents 3,137
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 92.2%
One or more foreign-born parents 7.8%
Child is native 7.0%
Child is foreign born 0.8%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 91.6%
One or more foreign-born parents 8.4%
Child is native 8.0%
Child is foreign born 0.4%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 92.6%
One or more foreign-born parents 7.4%
Child is native 6.4%
Child is foreign born 1.0%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 93.3%
One or more foreign-born parents 6.7%

Sources: Migration Policy Institute tabulations of data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) and Decennial Census. Unless stated otherwise, 2015 data are from the one-year ACS file. For information about ACS definitions, methodology, sampling error, and nonsampling error, click here. Estimates from 1990 and 2000 Decennial Census data as well as ACS microdata are from Steven Ruggles, Matthew Sobek, Trent Alexander, Catherine A. Fitch, Ronald Goeken, Patricia Kelly Hall, Miriam King, and Chad Ronnander, "Integrated Public Use Microdata Series: Version 4.0" (Machine-readable database, Minnesota Population Center [producer and distributor], 2011).

Definitions

  • The term "foreign born" refers to people residing in the United States at the time of the population survey who were not U.S. citizens at birth. The foreign-born population includes naturalized U.S. citizens, lawful permanent immigrants (or green-card holders), refugees and asylees, certain legal nonimmigrants (including those on student, work, or some other temporary visas), and persons residing in the country without authorization.
  • The term "U.S. born" refers to people residing in the United States who were U.S. citizens in one of three categories: people born in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia; people born in U.S. Insular Areas such as Puerto Rico or Guam; or people who were born abroad to at least one U.S. citizen parent.
  • The term "low-income families" refers to families with annual incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty threshold.

Data-related notes

  • The letter N indicates that an estimate could not be provided by the Census Bureau because the number of sample cases was too small for this state.
  • For “Median Age” and “Household Size”: Data for Alaska, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2011-2015 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2015 ACS.
  • Region of birth: For 1990, 2000, and current ACS year, the total for the region of birth of the foreign born is different from the total foreign born. This is because the 1990 total excludes those who did not report a country of birth and those born at sea, while the 2000 census and the current ACS year totals exclude those born at sea.
  • Countries of birth: These are the largest countries of birth reported by the Census Bureau. Some countries are only listed as part of a larger geographic region. For example, those born in Somalia are included only among those born in Eastern Africa. Therefore, a few states may have larger populations of foreign-born persons born in countries not listed individually in census data. For each of the three years, countries of birth reflect geographic boundaries as of that year.
  • Beginning with the 2014 ACS, the Census Bureau is excluding children of same-sex married couples from the total number of children. This means that the total number of children may be smaller than in previous years.
  • Children of immigrants: Refers only to children under age 18 who resided with at least one parent. These figures do not include children under age 18 who reside in a home with no parents.