The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development has calculated the population of the area now included within the Petersburg Borough as of the 2010 United States Census, taken nearly three years before the borough existed.
According to data provided by the DWLD’s Research and Analysis Section, the area that is now the Petersburg Borough had 3,203 residents in 2010.
That number includes the population of the former city of Petersburg, as well as the 27 residents of Kupreanof — which remains an independent city within the borough — and 228 people residing elsewhere in the borough.
The U.S. Census Borough counted much of the area now included within the Petersburg Borough as part of the Petersburg Census Area — a section of the so-called unorganized borough grouped together as a statistical area for Census purposes.
Not all of the Petersburg Census Area is included in the Petersburg Borough. According to DWLD research analyst Eric Sandberg, most of the parts that are not have been merged into the Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area, which covers much of southern Southeast Alaska.
“Kake and Port Alexander are the only communities in the remains of the Petersburg Census Area not part of the new borough,” Sandberg wrote in an email Thursday. “They will go to the Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area. The expanded statistical unit should closely resemble the Southeast Islands Regional Educational Attendance Area.”
With 613 people in the remainder of the Petersburg Census Area being added to the Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area, the 2010 Census population of that statistical area is now 6,172, according to Sandberg.
The Petersburg Borough also took in Hobart Bay, which was considered part of the Hoonah-Angoon Census Area. That area has one resident, according to the data produced by the DWLD.
The Petersburg Borough’s incorporation this January brought the number of organized boroughs in Alaska up to 19. The road to incorporation was controversial, with the City and Borough of Juneau filing a rival petition last year to annex some of the land sought for a Petersburg Borough and Goldbelt Inc. asking that its lands remain part of the unorganized borough.
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