JUNEAU - The latest estimate of Alaska's population has been completed by the state Department of Labor.
State demographer Greg Williams told KINY-radio that Alaska grew between the 2000 census and July 1, 2002, by 2.7 percent, or 16,866 people. The state's population as of July 1 was an estimated 643,786.
Most of the growth came in the Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna Borough.
Juneau's population rose 0.4 percent, from 30,711 in the 2000 census to an estimated 30,981 on July 1, 2002. The capital saw 618 births but an "outmigration" of 348 in that period.
Sitka increased by 0.3 percent, to an estimated 8,894 on July 1, 2002.
The biggest percentage drop in Alaska was the 4.9 percent fall in the Yakutat Borough, to an estimated 724 people.
The biggest increase, 4.2 percent, occurred in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, to an estimated 65,241 people.
Anchorage had a net increase of 1.5 percent and grew to an estimated 269,070 residents. The Fairbanks North Star Borough grew by 1 percent, to an estimated 84,791 people.