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Alaska Vital Statistics
2016 Annual Report
As its many wanderers, explorers, travelers, homesteaders, and entrepreneurs know, Alaska is the ideal location for individuals and families who want to make their own way in the world. The state has a diverse, distinctive popula-
tion. Boasting more than 586,400 square miles of land and a 2016 state population
of about 740,000, or 1.3 people per square mile, Alaska is ideal for those in search
of some space between themselves and their neighbors. Though city dwellers can
certainly get their fill of art, culture, fine dining, and a multitude of business oppor-
tunities in the state’s metropolitan areas including Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Ju-
neau, those looking to raise their families away from the hustle and bustle city life
have nearly endless choices when it comes to where and how to live in Alaska. The
Alaska Vital Statistics 2016 Annual Report released this fall by the Alaska Division of
Public Health offers an inside look at the diverse population that calls Alaska home.
• Alaska mothers gave birth
to 11,213 babies.
• The month of June had the most
births (982), while February had
the fewest (840).
• The median age of mothers was 28 years and the
median age of fathers was 30 years.
• The youngest mother was 13 years old, and the
youngest father was 14 years old.
• The oldest mother was 51 years old and the oldest
father was 73 years old.
• Emma was the most popular girl’s name and William
was the most popular boy’s name.
• There were 570 adoptions recorded
• 421 adoptions took place through the
Alaska state court system.
• 23 adoptions took place through the
Alaska Native tribal court system.
• The median age at adoption
was 4 years old.
• There were 5,272 marriages in Alaska in 2016, including approximately
81 same-sex marriages.
• The month of June had the most marriages at 731.
• The median age at marriage was 28 years for women and 30 years for men.
• There were 2,942 separations in Alaska, including 1,579 divorces in 2016.
• The median age at separation was 36 for women and 38 for men.
Data courtesy of State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
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