These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Alaska


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Is being in an area that’s growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?

Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Anchorage and Juneau, while others want peace and quiet like in Homer and Palmer, thank you very much.

But today we’re going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts — over the past five years, which cities in Alaska have the grown the fastest.

After getting knee deep in the Census’s American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Last Frontier that have people climbing over each other to get in:

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

If you happen to be a resident of one of these communities, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you’re not–and you’re wondering why these places are kind of a big deal–keep reading. We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in Alaska are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Last Frontier

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities over the last five years, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Population in 2014
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2014 (The latest available data)

We ranked all 11 Alaska cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.

The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Last Frontier.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Population 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

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1. Wasilla

Wasilla, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,406
Population 2010: 7,488
Growth Rate: 12.26%
Absolute Growth: 918

2. Palmer

Palmer, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,250
Population 2010: 5,762
Growth Rate: 8.47%
Absolute Growth: 488

3. Bethel

Bethel, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,295
Population 2010: 5,971
Growth Rate: 5.43%
Absolute Growth: 324

4. Homer

Homer, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,229
Population 2010: 4,969
Growth Rate: 5.23%
Absolute Growth: 260

5. Kenai

Kenai, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,348
Population 2010: 7,004
Growth Rate: 4.91%
Absolute Growth: 344

6. Anchorage

Anchorage, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 298,178
Population 2010: 284,267
Growth Rate: 4.89%
Absolute Growth: 13,911

7. Kodiak

Kodiak, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,280
Population 2010: 6,023
Growth Rate: 4.27%
Absolute Growth: 257

8. Juneau

Juneau, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,200
Population 2010: 30,975
Growth Rate: 3.95%
Absolute Growth: 1,225

9. Fairbanks

Fairbanks, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,100
Population 2010: 31,178
Growth Rate: 2.96%
Absolute Growth: 922

10. Ketchikan

Ketchikan, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,173
Population 2010: 7,994
Growth Rate: 2.24%
Absolute Growth: 179

Adding It Up

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Alaska are led by Wasilla which has been growing a blistering pace these past five years relative to other places around the state.

It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same pace over the next five years. We’ll be here to let you know!
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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Alaska

City Rank Pop 2014 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Wasilla 1 8,406 7,488 918 12.3%
Palmer 2 6,250 5,762 488 8.5%
Bethel 3 6,295 5,971 324 5.4%
Homer 4 5,229 4,969 260 5.2%
Kenai 5 7,348 7,004 344 4.9%
Anchorage 6 298,178 284,267 13,911 4.9%
Kodiak 7 6,280 6,023 257 4.3%
Juneau 8 32,200 30,975 1,225 4.0%
Fairbanks 9 32,100 31,178 922 3.0%
Ketchikan 10 8,173 7,994 179 2.2%
Sitka 11 8,957 8,894 63 0.7%

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