State now 48th in population

Posted: Thursday, December 28, 2000

Alaska's population has increased by about 67,000 since 1990, making for a total of 626,932 residents as of April 1 this year, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today. That figure doesn't include Alaskans who live overseas.

The nation's population grew from 248,709,873 in 1990 to 281,421,906 this year, the Census reported. That's a 13.2 percent increase.

The state's increase means Alaska isn't No. 49 in population anymore. Alaska passed Vermont, population 608,827 to be the 48th most populous state. The least populated state is Wyoming, with 493,782 people.

The importance of the state figures is its indication of how representation will change in the U.S. House of Representatives. Alaska will continue to have one representative. Arizona, Florida, Georgia and Texas gain two representatives. California, Colorado and Nevada gain one.

New York lost two representatives. And Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma and Wisconsin lost one.

Today's figures do not include a breakdown by city. That information will be available starting in March.

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