Top 10 Alaskan Urban Areas

Despite being the largest state in terms of landmass, Alaska has the third-lowest population of any US state. It has a larger landmass (665,384 square miles) than the next three largest states (Texas, California, and Montana) combined, but only a fraction of their population (1,333,391). At only 1% of the national average, Alaska has the lowest population density of any U.S. Its population density is only 2 people per square mile, and it's declining. The state's low population can be attributed to its harsh climate, limited geography, expensive cost of living, lack of available jobs, and inadequate infrastructure. Here are Alaska's ten largest cities:

First, Anchorage with 291 131

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Anchorage, Alaska, a popular tourist destination, is situated on the southern coast of Alaska's Cook Inlet, and has a total area of 1944 square miles. The Anchorage area has a thriving cultural community. This city is surrounded by natural beauty and is a jumping off point to some of the world's most breathtaking wilderness areas. Anchorage has no personal income tax or sales tax, which contributes to the city's high standard of living. In this area, there are only 171 people per square kilometer. mile The Alaska Native Heritage Center is located in the city, and it shows visitors the state's rich indigenous history.  

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Second, Fairbanks with 32,711 residents.

Fairbanks, Alaska. Flight Over Fairbanks, Alaska

Fairbanks, Alaska, has a diverse population, thriving economy, and rich history, earning it the nickname "Golden Heart City." The population density is 1,030 people per square mile, and the area is more than 33 square miles. Fairbanks is a popular tourist destination all year long. Whether they come for the long, warm summer days or the breathtaking northern lights that paint the night sky during the Aurora Season in the winter, visitors to Fairbanks will never be bored. Midway through May to Midway through July, Fairbanks experiences 70 consecutive days of daylight. Fairbanks is the jumping off point to the interior and the Arctic, as well as Denali Park and Preserve.

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Third place: 32,451 people in Juneau.

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Juneau, one of Alaska's most well-known cities, sits on the Gastineau Channel and the Alaskan panhandle, and its scenic surroundings have earned it international renown. Juneau, which has a total area of 3,255 square miles, has an abundance of tourist attractions. With only about 12 residents per square mile, it also has one of the lowest population densities in the state. Juneau is a fantastic place to go whale watching. Juneau's population booms in the warmer months because of the influx of seasonal tourism (especially cruise ship) workers. Skiing and other winter sports can be enjoyed in the nearby mountains when winter arrives.  

Fourth: Knik-Fairview, with 20,171

Knik Fairview is an excellent location for an Alaskan home because of its proximity to unspoiled wilderness. The facilities of this community, which spans over 84,000 acres, include a supermarket, a golf course, a museum, and a high school. About 242 people call Knik-Fairview home; they enjoy the peaceful, small-town vibe and proximity to outdoor activities that the area provides.

Five, a Badger: 18,941

The Fort Wainwright Army and National Guard Base in Badger, Alaska, is a well-known landmark in the Fairbanks area. The military estimates that the site provides services to 7,000 active duty personnel, 6,500 family members, 2,400 contractors, civilian employees, and 7,800 veterans and retirees. With a total area of 67 square miles, the population density is 289 people per square kilometer.  

11,006 - College Aged

College is a census-designated place (CDP) in Alaska that is adjacent to Fairbanks and is often considered to be a part of it. It has an area of about 19 square miles and a population density of about 588 people per square mile. The peaceful suburbia of college is well-known for its high quality educational institutions. Ambulance, fire, and emergency medical services are all available 24/7 at the College campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The University of Alaska Police Department and the Alaska State Troopers collaborate to keep the community safe. In addition to providing much-needed green space, College is home to several stunning parks.  

7 - 9,523 in Meadow Lakes

Meadow Lakes, Alaska Location: Meadow Lakes Post Office Photo by Jimmy Emerson, D.V.M., and posted on Flickr

Meadow Lakes is a picturesque community set amongst magnificent mountains, perfect for nature lovers. There are 126 people for every square mile in this 79-square-mile section of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Those who live in or visit Meadow Lakes can go camping, canoeing, fishing, and hiking. In the winter, you can go skiing, snowmobiling, or dog sledding. Several state parks and recreational areas can be accessed from the town.  

Wasilla, AK (#8): 9,298

Wasilla Wasilla, Alaska, as seen from above

Wasilla, located between Wasilla Lake and Lake Lucille, was founded at the junction of the Old Carle Wagon Road and the Alaska Railroad. It's grown into a prosperous farming community. The population density in Wasilla is 750 people per square mile, and the city itself spans more than 13 square miles. It's the sixth-largest city in Alaska, and it's a vibrant metropolis with plenty to do. It's the hub of activity in the Mat-Su Valley and also the location of the famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race's headquarters. It's one of the most populous parts of Alaska, but it still manages to maintain a rural feel. This tiny region is home to some of Alaska's finest camping, fishing, and hiking spots. Wasilla draws visitors with its scenic landscapes and thriving cultural scene.  

Tanaina (9th): 8,941

Tanaina, which is located in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, is a small town with a population density of 295 people per square mile despite its relatively small size (31 square miles). The majority of Tanaina's residents are proud homeowners who relish the town's rural setting. Tanaina is known for its many green spaces and cafes. The majority of its public schools are above-average and of high quality.

Kalifornsky, #10: 8,615

Moose crossing warning sign, Kalifornsky Beach Road, Kenai Alaska Kalifornsky Beach Road Moose Crossing Sign, Kenai, Alaska Credit for the image goes to Beeblebrox on the English Wikipedia's Commons.

The population density in Kalifornsky is only 125 people per square mile, but the area it covers is 70 square miles. Several parks in the city provide places for people to relax and have fun. Some of California's largest industries include oil and gas processing, logging, commercial and sport fishing, government, retail, and tourism.

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Alaska is truly an amazing state. Though its climate and topography keep the population low, the state is a popular tourist destination for people all over the world. Its beautiful cities and towns are surrounded by pristine wilderness, making possible an abundance of outdoor pursuits for tourists.  

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Rank Name Population  1 Anchorage 291,131 2 Fairbanks 32,711 3 Juneau 32,451 4 Knik-Fairview 20,171 5 Badger 18,941 6 College 11,006 7 Lakes in the Meadow 9,523 8 Wasilla 9,298 9 Tanaina 8,941 10 Kalifornsky 8,615 11 Sitka 8,374 12 Ketchikan 8,220 13 Kenai 7,488 14 Forks of Steele 6,393 15 Bethel 6,373 16 Mount Chenab 6,059 17 Sterling 5,978 18 Palmer 5,878 19 Gateway 5,788 20 Homer 5,626 21 Kodiak 5,471 22 Fishhook 5,122 23 Farmers' Circle 4,674 24 Nikiski 4,448 25 Soldotna 4,378 26 Unalaska 4,230 27 Valdez 3,987 28 Big Lake 3,929 29 Nome 3,719 30 Butte 3,657
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