For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.
Alaska is the largest state geographically and covers
571,951 square miles, with a 2021 estimated population of
732,673 people – 232,273 living in rural Alaska
(USDA-ERS). Juneau, the capital, is located in the
southeastern coastal region of the state. The state's
largest cities are Anchorage, Juneau, and Fairbanks.
According to 2021 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, an estimated 64.5%
of the state's population is White, 3.6% is
African-American, 6.6% is Asian, 15.7% is American Indian
or Alaska Native, 1.6% is Native Hawaiian or Other
Pacific Islander, and 7.5% is of Hispanic or Latino
Alaska Rural Healthcare Facilities
Critical Access Hospitals
Rural Health Clinics
Federally Qualified Health Centers*
Short Term/PPS Hospitals*
*Sites located outside of Urbanized Areas according to data.HRSA.gov
Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Alaska
While most Alaskans have some form of health insurance
coverage, 12.6% of residents remain uninsured (Kaiser,
2020). According to the USDA Economic Research Service,
the average per capita income for Alaskans in 2020 was
$63,502, with the rural per capita income at $61,667.
Based on 2020 ACS data, the ERS reports that the poverty
rate in rural Alaska is 12.6%, compared with 8.2% in
urban areas of the state. 8.6% of the rural population
has not completed high school, while 6.0% of the urban
population lacks a high school diploma according to
2016-2020 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate
in rural Alaska is 7.6%, while in urban Alaska it is
5.9% (USDA-ERS, 2021).
Foundation State Health Facts;
U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts;
USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets
Alaska Office of Rural Health
Collects and disseminates rural healthcare information and
data. Work to improve rural health professions recruitment
and retention, and offers technical assistance to rural
providers, hospitals, and communities. Coordinates rural
health policy analysis in Alaska.
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