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Alaska

Alaska is the largest state geographically and covers 571,951 square miles, with a 2020 estimated population of 733,391 people – 239,408 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 65.3% of the state's population is white, 3.7% is African-American, 6.5% is Asian, 15.6% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 1.4% is Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 7.3% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.

Alaska Rural Healthcare Facilities

13
Critical Access Hospitals
0
Rural Health Clinics
33
Federally Qualified Health Centers*
4
Short Term/PPS Hospitals*
*Sites located outside of Urbanized Areas according to data.HRSA.gov. January 2022.

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 2019 ACS data, the ERS reports that the poverty rate in rural Alaska is 12.6%, compared with 9.1% in urban areas of the state. 9.1% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 6.2% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2015-2019 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Alaska is 8.8%, while in urban Alaska it is 7.4% (USDA-ERS, 2020).

For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.


Data Sources
Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts; U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts; USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets

Contacts

Alaska Office of Rural Health
Phone: 907.269.3445
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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Last Reviewed: 9/24/2021