Wednesday, July 01, 2009

U.S. Census Bureau's 2008 Population Estimates For Alaska Now Available; Anchorage The 67th Largest City In The U.S., Wasilla Exceeds 10,000

The U.S. Census Bureau released its population estimates dated July 1st, 2008, and they show that the housing crisis and economic downturn that have forced many Americans to stay put. As a result, some older cities where population had been shrinking or was stagnant, like St. Louis, have begun to rebound, while others which were experiencing only nominal growth have now accelerated. National stories published by USA Today and CNNMoney.

Nevertheless, despite a slowdown in many cities in the South and West, seven of the 10 most populous cities are in the Sun Belt. Four of the 10 fastest-growing large cities from 2007 to 2008 were in Texas (Round Rock, McKinney, Killeen, Fort Worth). Dallas is the eighth most populous, above San Diego and San Jose. Three of 11 cities that topped 100,000 for the first time are in Texas.

USA Today provides a list of all U.S. cities of 100,000 or more HERE.

Other noteworthy statistics:
-- Twelve U.S. Cities are members of the "Million-Plus Club". San Jose is next in line to join them.
-- New Orleans continues its recovery. Ray Nagin's "Chocolate City" is now back up to 311,853, which is still far short of its pre-Katrina population of 455,000.
-- Mesa, Arizona may be the largest suburb in the United States at 463,552. It is actually an eastern suburb of Phoenix.
-- Detroit (912,062) and Cleveland (433,748) continue in free fall. Both cities have less than half the population they had in 1950.
-- Anchorage, AK is now the 67th largest city in the United States and could overtake St. Paul, MN this year.

The Census Bureau published the numbers in either Excel format or CSV format. The Excel format is also compatible with Microsoft Works. But once again, the Detroit News organized an easier way to find out population figures without wading through a bunch of Excel spreadsheets, through their Interactive Census Page. To display population figures for all cities within a given state, select Incorporated Place for the Summary Level, the state of interest, select All, then click Search.

The estimated July 1st, 2008 population for Alaska is now 686,293, an increase of 5,182 over the revised estimate for 2007. Outside of Anchorage, the largest boroughs are the Fairbanks North Star Borough (97,970), the Matanuska-Susitna Borough (85,458), and the Kenai Peninsula Borough (53,409). Most noteworthy - Wasilla shattered the 10,000 barrier, becoming the fourth city in the state to achieve that distinction.

The link I used to get this information directly is HERE. But if that doesn't work, go to the Interactive Census Page, then select Incorporated Places for Summary Level, Alaska, All, then click Search, and you will get the same display. Only incorporated communities are listed. However, the Detroit News threw us a curve last year; after several months, they moved this interactive display into paid archives without warning. They may do the same this year. So this time I listed the numbers for a number of cities under 1,000 as well. July 1st, 2007 statistics were posted HERE last year.

Communities of 1,000 or more:
-- Anchorage: 279,243
-- Fairbanks: 35,132
-- Juneau: 30,988
-- Wasilla: 10,256
-- Sitka: 8,889
-- Palmer: 8,201
-- Kenai: 7,742
-- Ketchikan: 7,280
-- Bethel: 6,468
-- Kodiak: 6,228
-- Homer: 5,802
-- Soldotna: 4,386
-- Barrow: 4,010
-- Valdez: 3,787
-- Unalaska: 3,532
-- Nome: 3,576
-- Kotzebue: 3,177
-- Seward: 3,126
-- Petersburg: 2,825
-- Dillingham: 2,465
-- Cordova: 2,242
-- North Pole: 2,212
-- Houston: 2,153
-- Wrangell: 1,990
-- Craig: 1,171
-- Hooper Bay: 1,109

Communities from 500-999:
-- Sand Point: 990
-- Delta Junction: 930
-- Akutan: 871
-- Emmonak: 841
-- Chevak: 838
-- Mountain Village: 826
-- Togiak: 811
-- Selawik: 804
-- Klawock: 736
-- King Cove: 734
-- Hoonah: 715
-- Kwethluk: 715
-- Alakanuk: 711
-- Point Hope: 674
-- Noorvik: 660
-- Kotlik: 649
-- Gambell: 647
-- Kake: 635
-- Galena: 599
-- Aniak: 572
-- Fort Yukon: 520

Other Communities of Interest:
-- McGrath: 351
-- Nenana: 344
-- Whittier: 159
-- Eagle: 145
-- Cold Bay: 74

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