NEW AGAIN – Amy Rowe-Danielson arranges a display at the Sitka Sound Science Center's newly opened Mill Building on Lincoln Street this afternoon. The reconstructed 1940 building houses Ludvig's Chowder Cart, which opened today for the first time this season to a steady line of socially distancing customers. It also houses the center's gift shop which, like many businesses in town, offers online ordering and free local delivery. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Alaska’s Population Down To Lowest Level Since ’12

    ANCHORAGE (AP) — Alaska’s 2019 population has dipped to its lowest level since 2012 because of a falling birth rate and a decrease in the number of new arrivals to the state, officials said.
    The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development said the state had 731,007 residents as of July 1, 2019, The Anchorage Daily News reported  Wednesday.
    The figure is a decrease of 3,048 residents from the same date in 2018, officials said.
    The state Department of Labor estimates population changes between July 1 and June 30 each year and makes the results public in January.
    The state saw the birth of fewer babies in 2019 than in any survey period over the past 20 years.
    The number of people who moved to Alaska was lower than at any point since 1988, when the state was in the middle of an oil-bust recession.
    “We’re just way below our average of in-migrants,” said state demographer David Howell.
    The U.S. Census Bureau published slightly different figures in the last week of 2019, but the state demographer’s office has access to Alaska Permanent Fund dividend application data that give more accurate estimates than interim Census Bureau figures.
    Only the Census Bureau’s 10-year survey, which will begin Jan. 21 in Toksook Bay, is more accurate, Howell said.
    Alaska’s population decline was No. 2 for U.S. states and behind West Virginia, which lost 0.7% of its residents between 2018 and 2019, according to the Census Bureau.



Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 5-29-20)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 10:20 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 5

Total statewide – 430

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 47, and the cumulative number of deaths is 10.

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.



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March 23, 2020



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