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List of Cities and Boroughs in Alaska

Discover Alaska population facts easily with our list of counties and cities. Find out how many people live in each area, from big cities to small towns, and see how Alaska’s population is spread out across the state.

Alaska Borough by Population

A borough is an administrative subdivision of the US state of Alaska. As of 2022, Alaska is divided into 19 organized boroughs and one Unorganized Borough. Alaska and the state of Louisiana are the only states that do not call their first-order administrative subdivision counties (Louisiana uses parishes instead).

The average population of Alaska boroughs is 36,634; Anchorage borough is the most populous (288,121) and Yakutat borough is the least (704). The average land area is 28,551 sq mi. The largest borough is Unorganized borough (1,055 sq mi) and the smallest is Skagway borough (434 sq mi).

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#BoroughPopulation 2020Area (sq. mi.)Density (people/sq. mi.)
2Matanuska-Susitna Borough110,68624,7074.48
3Fairbanks North Star Borough95,5937,33513.03
4Unorganized Borough76,490319,8520.24
5Kenai Peninsula Borough59,76716,0173.73
7Ketchikan Gateway Borough137544,8572.83
8Kodiak Island Borough127876,6891.91
9North Slope Borough1097288,8240.12
11Northwest Arctic Borough756035,6630.21
12Aleutians East Borough33986,9850.49
13Petersburg Borough33562,9011.16
14Haines Borough20712,3430.88
16Denali Borough159312,6410.13
17Lake and Peninsula Borough141623,8320.06
19Bristol Bay Borough8384821.74

Source: US Census report 2021

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Top cities in Alaska by population

Alaska has been divided administratively into 19 organized boroughs and one Unorganized Borough and contains 149 incorporated cities: four unified home-rule municipalities, which are considered both boroughs and cities; ten home-rule cities; nineteen first-class cities; and 116 second-class cities. 

Anchorage is the most populated city in Alaska with a population of 291,247 people. It’s followed by Fairbanks (32,515) and Juneau (32,255).

Let’s have a look at Top Cities in Alaska  by population

#CityPopulation 2020
7North Lakes9,450
8Meadow Lakes9,197

Source: US Census 2020

Most Populous boroughs in Alaska

The most populous borough in Alaska is Anchorage borough with 288,121 residents. It is followed by Matanuska-Susitna Borough (110,686) and Fairbanks North Star Borough (95,593)

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BoroughPopulation 2020
Matanuska-Susitna Borough110,686
Fairbanks North Star Borough95,593
Unorganized Borough76,490
Kenai Peninsula Borough59,767
Least Populated Alaska borough

The least populous county is Yakutat borough with 704 residents, it’s followed by Bristol Bay borough and Lake and Peninsula borough.

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BoroughPopulation 2020
Bristol Bay Borough838
Lake and Peninsula Borough1,416
Denali Borough1,593

source: US Census 2021

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Largest boroughs in Alaska by area

The Largest Borough by Land Area in Alaska is North Slope Borough with an area of 88,824 sq. miles. It’s followed by Northwest Arctic and Matanuska-Susitna.

Let’s have a look at the Top 5 counties by Area

#BoroughArea (sq. mi.)
1North Slope Borough88,824
2Northwest Arctic Borough35,663
3Matanuska-Susitna Borough24,707
4Lake and Peninsula Borough23,832
5Kenai Peninsula Borough16,017
Smallest County in Alaska by area

The smallest county by area in Alaska is Skagway County with an area of 434 square miles.

#BoroughArea (sq. mi.)
2Bristol Bay Borough482
4Haines Borough2,343

source: US Census report 2021

Most densely populated boroughs in Alaska

The most densely populated county in Alaska is Anchorage Borough, with 169 people per sq. mi. Next comes Fairbanks North Star Borough with 13 people per sq. mi. followed by Juneau (12/ sq.mi)

Let’s have a look at the Top 5 densely populated counties

#BoroughDensity (people/sq. mi.)
2Fairbanks North Star Borough13.03
4Matanuska-Susitna Borough4.48
5Kenai Peninsula Borough3.73
Least Densely Populated County in Alaska

Lake and Peninsula Borough with a population density of just 0.06 people per sq. miles is the least densely populated Borough in Alaska

#BoroughDensity (people/sq. mi.)
1Lake and Peninsula Borough0.06
3North Slope Borough0.12
4Denali Borough0.13
5Northwest Arctic Borough0.21
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