ANCHORAGE - Alaska's population grew just over 10 percent in the last 10 years, according to new statistics from the Alaska Department of Labor.
The department estimates the state's population at just over 692,000 last year, leaving Alaska still as the nation's 47th most populous state. But there has been a steady increase since more than 627,500 people were counted in 2000.
The state's largest city got even a little bigger in 2009. The department said Anchorage's population was 290,588, growing 2.3 percent - or nearly 6,700 people - last year.