State projects 28 percent population growth by 2035

Associated PressApril 17, 2012 

JUNEAU -- Alaska could feel a little more crowded by 2035.

The state Department of Labor and Workforce Development projects Alaska's population to increase by 28 percent in the next 23 years.

The department says in a release that equals more than 200,000 people, likely putting the state at about 915,000 residents in 2035.

The department notes the population could be as high as 1.1 million, to as low as 760,000 people according to different migration projections.

All areas of Alaska are expected to grow, except Southeast. Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough just to the north are expected to have the strongest growth.

The Alaska Native population is expected to increase from just over 122,000 to nearly 160,000 by 2035.

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