ANCHORAGE - Statistics-wise, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough has dropped out of the running as the region with Alaska's fastest-growing population.
According to new state population estimates, the Aleutians East Borough posted a 7.6 percent increase between 2006 and 2007.
That's equal to only about 200 more people in the borough with a population of fewer than 2,800.
The Mat-Su narrowly lost a population race with the Fairbanks North Star Borough, which grew by 3,200 people to almost 91,000.
Between 2006 and 2007, the Fairbanks North Star Borough grew by 3.6 percent while the Mat-Su grew 3.5 percent, for a total population of slightly more than 80,000.
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