Poverty in Alaska

What is the poverty rate in Alaska?
The poverty rate in Alaska is 10.2%. One out of every 9.8 residents of Alaska lives in poverty.

How many people in Alaska live in poverty?
73,380 of 719,983 residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year.

How does the Poverty Rate in Alaska compare to the national average?
Alaska ranks 4th in Poverty Rate at 10.2%(poverty rankings by state).The Poverty Rate of Alaska is dramatically lower than the national average of 14.6%.

Alaska Poverty Rate County Map

Alaska Poverty Rate By Sex

What is the poverty rate for men vs women living in Alaska?

Male

The Poverty Rate for men who live in Alaska is 9.5%.

Female

The Poverty Rate for women who live in Alaska is 10.9%.

Poverty Rate Disparity for Male vs Female Residents of Alaska

Female residents of Alaska are moderately(14%) more likely to live in poverty than males.

35,420 of 372,897 males in Alaska live below the poverty line.

37,960 of 347,086 females in Alaska live below the poverty line.

Alaska Poverty Rate By Age

What's the Poverty Rate in Alaska By Age?

Alaska Poverty Rate Distribution by Age

Breakdown of Alaska Poverty Rate By Age

  • Children Under 6 in Alaska have a Poverty Rate of 15.1%.
  • Children 6 to 11 Years Old in Alaska have a Poverty Rate of 14.8%.
  • Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old in Alaska have a Poverty Rate of 12.4%.
  • Adults 18 to 59 Years Old in Alaska have a Poverty Rate of 9.6%.
  • Adults 60 to 74 Years Old in Alaska have a Poverty Rate of 5.9%.
  • 75 to 84 Years Old in Alaska have a Poverty Rate of 5.9%.
  • Over 85 Years Old in Alaska have a Poverty Rate of 8.6%.

Historical Alaska Poverty Rate

Alaska Historical Poverty Rate
Year Poverty Rate YoY % Change National

2010

9.9% 15.3%

2011

10.5% 5.0% 15.9%

2012

10.1% 3.0% 15.9%

2013

9.3% 8.0% 15.8%

2014

11.2% 20.0% 15.5%

2015

10.3% 8.0% 14.7%

2016

9.9% 4.0% 14.0%

2017

11.1% 12.0% 13.4%
Source: 2010-2017 ACS 1 Year

Alaska Poverty Rate By Race

Race Population Poverty Rate National Poverty Rate Population

Black

22,227

15.2% 25.2% 3.0%

American Indian

101,158

23.8% 26.8% 13.7%

Asian

45,008

10.4% 11.9% 6.1%

Pacific Islander

8,779

14.9% 19.0% 1.2%

Other

9,993

14.1% 23.8% 1.4%

Two Or More Races

60,687

11.2% 18.4% 8.2%

White

445,769

6.5% 10.3% 60.4%

Hispanic

47,893

11.4% 22.2% 6.5%

What's the Poverty Rate in Alaska By Race?

15.2% of Black residents of Alaska live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of black residents in Alaska is dramatically lower than the national average of 25.2%. 3,387 of 22,227 black Alaskans live below the poverty line. Approximately 3.0% of the total population of Alaska are black.

10.4% of Asian residents of Alaska live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of asian residents in Alaska is the same as than the national average. 4,673 of 45,008 asian Alaskans live below the poverty line. Approximately 6.1% of the total population of Alaska are asian.

6.5% of White residents of Alaska live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of white residents in Alaska is dramatically lower than the national average of 10.3%. 29,010 of 445,769 white Alaskans live below the poverty line. Approximately 60.4% of the total population of Alaska are white.

11.4% of Hispanic residents of Alaska live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of hispanic residents in Alaska is dramatically lower than the national average of 22.2%. 5,463 of 47,893 hispanic Alaskans live below the poverty line. Approximately 6.5% of the total population of Alaska are hispanic.

Alaska Poverty Rate By School Enrollment

Understanding where poverty hits hardest in Alaska can be better understood by segmenting poverty by whether or not the resident is in school or not.

  • Enrolled in School in Alaska have a Poverty Rate of 12.5%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Alaska residents enrolled in school is dramatically lower than the national average of 20.1%. This translates to 22,842 of 183,339 Alaskans enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 24.8% of the total population of Alaska are currently enrolled in school.

  • Not Enrolled in School in Alaska have a Poverty Rate of 9.1%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Alaska residents not enrolled in school is significantly lower than the national average of 12.2%. This translates to 45,856 of 504,816 Alaskans not enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 68.4% of the total population of Alaska are currently not enrolled in school.

Poverty for younger ages in Alaska is seen as the most undesirable for the future of the community.

  • Enrolled in Nursery School in Alaska have a Poverty Rate of 15.3%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Alaska residents enrolled in nursery school is moderately lower than the national average of 18.0%. This translates to 1,499 of 9,806 Alaskans enrolled in nursery school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.3% of the total population of Alaska is currently enrolled in nursery school.

  • Enrolled in Elementary School(Grades 1-4) in Alaska have a Poverty Rate of 14.8%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Alaska residents enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) is dramatically lower than the national average of 21.2%. This translates to 5,782 of 39,181 Alaskans enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.3% of the total population of Alaska are currently enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4).

Poverty for developing children and young adults in Alaska can have drastic impacts on graduation and college attendance rates.

  • Enrolled in Middle School(Grade 5-8) in Alaska have a Poverty Rate of 13.8%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Alaska residents enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) is significantly lower than the national average of 19.0%. This translates to 5,359 of 38,858 Alaskans enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.3% of the total population of Alaska are currently enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8).

  • Enrolled in High School (Grades 9-12) in Alaska have a Poverty Rate of 12.4%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Alaska residents enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) is dramatically lower than the national average of 17.7%. This translates to 4,994 of 40,437 Alaskans enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.5% of the total population of Alaska are currently enrolled in high school (grades 9-12).

Adult students in college, graduate or professional schools generally bring employers, revenue and higher living wages post-graduation and are seen as a positive to the community.

  • Enrolled in Undergraduate School in Alaska have a Poverty Rate of 9.4%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Alaska residents enrolled in undergraduate school is dramatically lower than the national average of 23.4%. This translates to 3,278 of 34,690 Alaskans enrolled in undergraduate school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.7% of the total population of Alaska are currently enrolled in undergraduate school.

  • Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School in Alaska have a Poverty Rate of 5.2%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Alaska residents enrolled in graduate or professional school is dramatically lower than the national average of 17.2%. This translates to 536 of 10,262 Alaskans enrolled in graduate or professional school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.4% of the total population of Alaska is currently enrolled in graduate or professional school.

Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Alaska Poverty Rate By Place of Birth

What is the poverty rate for residents of Alaska born US Citizens vs Foreign-Born?

10.3%

The Poverty Rate for residents of Alaska who were born citizens of the United States is 10.3%.

9.1%

The Poverty Rate for residents of Alaska who were born citizens of a country other than the US is 9.1%.

Poverty Rate for residents of Alaska born US Citizens vs Foreign-Born

Residents of Alaska who were born as US Citizens have a higher poverty rate than those who were born citizens of a country outside of the United States.

Of the 664,656 residents of Alaska who were born citizens of the United States, 68,344 (10.3%) had income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Conversely, 5,036 (9.1%) of 55,327 residents of Alaska who were born citizens of a country other than the US reported income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Alaska Poverty Rate By City

Alaska Poverty Rate Distribution by City
City Rank Poverty Rate Population

Anchor Point

30th

9.1% 2,057

Anchorage

25th

8.1% 298,225

Badger

15th

6.4% 19,039

Barrow

40th

11.2% 4,383

Bear Creek

51st

13.0% 1,512

Bethel

54th

13.7% 6,408

Big Lake

56th

14.8% 3,136

Butte

21st

7.8% 3,871

Chena Ridge

9th

4.5% 6,155

Chevak

66th

32.2% 1,271

Cohoe

58th

15.6% 1,288

College

11th

5.4% 14,362

Cordova

6th

4.2% 3,175

Craig

57th

15.3% 1,285

Deltana

34th

9.3% 2,635

Diamond Ridge

10th

5.2% 1,193

Dillingham

37th

9.7% 2,209

Eielson AFB

7th

4.4% 3,025

Ester

2nd

2.7% 1,889

Fairbanks

46th

11.9% 31,853

Farm Loop

5th

3.2% 1,113

Farmers Loop

35th

9.4% 5,092

Fishhook

24th

8.1% 6,040

Fritz Creek

42nd

11.6% 2,036

Funny River

67th

38.2% 1,026

Gateway

12th

5.6% 6,694

Goldstream

8th

4.4% 3,987

Haines

4th

3.2% 1,837

Healy

22nd

7.8% 1,098

Homer

29th

8.9% 5,510

Hooper Bay

68th

47.3% 1,153

Houston

47th

11.9% 2,068

Juneau

18th

7.4% 32,434

Kalifornsky

28th

8.9% 8,588

Kenai

41st

11.5% 7,634

Ketchikan

48th

12.4% 8,195

King Cove

59th

15.9% 1,003

Knik-Fairview

17th

6.9% 17,203

Kodiak Station

19th

7.5% 1,364

Kodiak

38th

10.9% 6,168

Kotzebue

60th

16.2% 3,276

Lakes

27th

8.7% 9,424

Lazy Mountain

39th

11.1% 1,732

Meadow Lakes

44th

11.8% 7,665

Metlakatla

53rd

13.4% 1,639

Nikiski

52nd

13.1% 4,728

Nome

45th

11.8% 3,793

North Pole

26th

8.6% 2,319

Palmer

49th

12.6% 6,773

Petersburg

23rd

7.9% 3,087

Prudhoe Bay

1st

0.8% 2,094

Ridgeway

50th

12.9% 2,195

Salamatof

64th

18.3% 1,055

Salcha

36th

9.6% 1,080

Sand Point

63rd

18.2% 1,332

Seward

31st

9.2% 2,748

Sitka

32nd

9.2% 8,810

Soldotna

16th

6.5% 4,516

Steele Creek

3rd

3.0% 7,571

Sterling

33rd

9.3% 5,387

Sutton-Alpine

61st

16.3% 1,647

Tanaina

20th

7.6% 10,512

Tok

65th

21.9% 1,197

Unalaska

14th

6.2% 4,809

Valdez

13th

5.7% 3,921

Wasilla

55th

14.3% 9,296

Willow

62nd

16.4% 2,121

Wrangell

43rd

11.7% 2,475

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