North Slope Borough, AK

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Population

9,757

0.785% growth

Median Age

34.6


Median Household Income

$77,266

7.27% growth

Poverty Rate

10.2%


Number of Employees

5,412

0.352% growth

Median Property Value

$153,900

0.13% decline

About

In 2017, North Slope Borough, AK had a population of 9.76k people with a median age of 34.6 and a median household income of $77,266. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of North Slope Borough, AK grew from 9,681 to 9,757, a 0.785% increase and its median household income grew from $72,027 to $77,266, a 7.27% increase.

The population of North Slope Borough, AK is 50.9% American Indian & Alaska Native Alone, 31.3% White Alone, and 5.93% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in North Slope Borough, AK speak a non-English language, and 97.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in North Slope Borough, AK are Ilisagvik College (94 degrees awarded in 2017).

The median property value in North Slope Borough, AK is $153,900, and the homeownership rate is 51.9%. Most people in North Slope Borough, AK commute by Walked, and the average commute time is 5.96 minutes. The average car ownership in North Slope Borough, AK is 1 car per household.

North Slope Borough, AK borders Northwest Arctic Borough, AK and Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, AK.

About the photo: Approaching Sawyer Glacier in the Tracy Arm Fjord valley of mountains and waterfalls.

Economy

The economy of North Slope Borough, AK employs 5.41k people. The largest industries in North Slope Borough, AK are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (1,166 people), Public Administration (655 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (542 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($109,333), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($107,356), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($78,636).

Median household income in North Slope Borough, AK is $77,266. Males in North Slope Borough, AK have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $50,667. The income inequality in North Slope Borough, AK (measured using the Gini index) is 0.436, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$77,266

2017 value

± $11,624

7.27%

1 Year Growth

± 19.3%

Households in North Slope Borough, AK have a median annual income of $77,266, which is more than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $72,027 in 2016, which represents a 7.27% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$68,424

Average Male Salary

± $3,558

$50,667

Average Female Salary

± $2,680

In 2017, full-time male employees in Alaska made 1.35 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. White

    $59,757 ± $2,775

  2. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races

    $46,641 ± $19,678

  3. Black

    $45,507 ± $11,416

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Alaska workers was White. These workers were paid 1.28 times more than American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for North Slope Borough, AK is from Alaska.

0.436

2017 Wage GINI

0.436

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Alaska was 0.436 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.191% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Alaska was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Alaska in comparison to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 1

  2. Census Tract 2

  3. N/A

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in North Slope Borough, AK was Census Tract 1 with a value of $82,964, followed by Census Tract 2 and N/A, with respective values of $65,000 and N/A.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

10.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in North Slope Borough, AK (976 out of 9.58k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 25 - 34 and then Females < 5.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. Native American

    798 ± 104

  2. White

    146 ± 101

  3. Two Or More

    28 ± 53

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in North Slope Borough, AK is Native American, followed by White and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

5.41k

2017 Value

± 543

0.352%

1 Year growth

± 12.6%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in North Slope Borough, AK grew at a rate of 0.352%, from 5.39k employees to 5.41k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in North Slope Borough, AK, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (718 people), Production Occupations (602 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (590 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of North Slope Borough, AK.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of North Slope Borough, AK, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (718 people), Production Occupations (602 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (590 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, North Slope Borough, AK has an unusually high number of residents working as Architecture & Engineering Occupations (3.65 times higher than expected), Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (2.93 times), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (2.36 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of North Slope Borough, AK, by median earnings, are Management Occupations ($107,868), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($104,929), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($103,482).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

5.41k

2017 Value

± 543

0.352%

1 Year growth

± 12.6%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in North Slope Borough, AK grew at a rate of 0.352%, from 5.39k employees to 5.41k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in North Slope Borough, AK, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (1,166 people), Public Administration (655 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (542 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of North Slope Borough, AK, though some of these residents may live in North Slope Borough, AK and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in North Slope Borough, AK, by number of employees, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (1,166 people), Public Administration (655 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (542 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, North Slope Borough, AK has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (39.9 times higher than expected), Utilities (3.83 times), and Management of Companies & Enterprises (3.24 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in North Slope Borough, AK, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($109,333), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($107,356), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($78,636).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Alaska to other states, or from other states to Alaska.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $42.3B

  2. $5.03B

  3. $3.84B

In 2015, the top outbound Alaska product (by dollars) was Crude petroleum with $42.3B, followed by Gasoline ($5.03B) and Coal-n.e.c. ($3.84B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Alaska products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$68.5B

2020 Value

$74.6B

Projected 2045 Value

8.98% growth

In 2020, total outbound Alaska trade was $68.5B. This is expected to increase 8.98% to $74.6B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Alaska trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Alaska to other states, or from other states to Alaska.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $19.2B

  2. $7B

  3. $1.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Alaska domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was California with $19.2B, followed by Washington with $7B and Utah and $1.6B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Alaska shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

77.7% of the population of North Slope Borough, AK has health coverage, with 53.1% on employee plans, 14.2% on Medicaid, 3.96% on Medicare, 5.53% on non-group plans, and 0.992% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of North Slope Borough, AK was $11,064 in 2014. This is a 6.1% increase from the previous year ($10,428).

Primary care physicians in North Slope Borough, AK see 4844 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.165% decrease from the previous year (4852 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1601 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1921 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Ketchikan Gateway Borough and Wrangell City and Borough have the highest prevalence of diabetes (9.4%). Additionally, Aleutians West Census Area has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (40.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

4,844 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in North Slope Borough, AK see an average of 4,844 patients per year. This represents a 0.165% decrease from the previous year (4,852 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$11,064

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,958

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$12,001

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,288

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Alaska (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 6.1%, from $10,428 to $11,064.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

22.3%

Uninsured

53.1%

Employer Coverage

14.2%

Medicaid

3.96%

Medicare

5.53%

Non-Group

0.992%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in North Slope Borough, AK declined by 10.6% from 24.9% to 22.3%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in North Slope Borough, AK changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 9.4% prevalence

  2. 9.4% prevalence

  3. 9.1% prevalence

Ketchikan Gateway Borough and Wrangell City and Borough have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Alaska, at 9.4%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Alaska by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

North Slope Borough, AK is home to a population of 9.76k people, from which 97.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 5.09% of North Slope Borough, AK residents were born outside of the country (497 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of North Slope Borough, AK is composed of 4.97k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (50.9%), 3.05k White Alone residents (31.3%), 579 Two or More Races residents (5.93%), 542 Asian Alone residents (5.55%), 401 Hispanic or Latino residents (4.11%), 159 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (1.63%), 53 Black or African American Alone residents (0.543%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

Age

Age by Nativity

34

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.8

44

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 4

In 2017, the median age of all people in North Slope Borough, AK was 34.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 34, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 44. But people in North Slope Borough, AK are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all North Slope Borough, AK residents was 34.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.09%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

497 people

6.14%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

594 people

As of 2017, 5.09% of North Slope Borough, AK residents (497 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in North Slope Borough, AK was 6.14%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Philippines

    17,951 ± 3,249 people

  2. Korea

    4,417 ± 1,627 people

  3. Mexico

    3,317 ± 1,411 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Alaska was Philippines, the natal country of 17,951 Alaska residents, followed by Korea with 4,417 and Mexico with 3,317.

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Citizenship

97.8%

2017 Citizenship

96.5%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.8% of North Slope Borough, AK residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in North Slope Borough, AK was 96.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. American Indian & Alaska Native Alone

    4.97k ± 176

  2. White Alone

    3.05k ± 12

  3. Two or More Races

    579 ± 195

In 2017, there were 1.63 times more American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (4.97k people) in North Slope Borough, AK than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.05k White Alone and 579 Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in North Slope Borough, AK as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    223 ± 60

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    161 ± 64

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    94 ± 50

North Slope Borough, AK has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.39 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in North Slope Borough, AK awarded 94 degrees. The student population of North Slope Borough, AK is skewed towards women, with 32 male students and 79 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in North Slope Borough, AK are American Indian or Alaska Native (53 and 56.4%), followed by White (18 and 19.1%), Hispanic or Latino (13 and 13.8%), and Asian (8 and 8.51%).

The largest universities in North Slope Borough, AK by number of degrees awarded are Ilisagvik College (94 and 100%).

The most popular majors in North Slope Borough, AK are Electrician (14 and 14.9%), Plumber (13 and 13.8%), and Other Construction Trade (10 and 10.6%).

The median tuition costs in North Slope Borough, AK are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $3,480 and $3,480 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 14 degrees awarded

  2. 13 degrees awarded

  3. 10 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in North Slope Borough, AK was Electrician with 14 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in North Slope Borough, AK according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

94 degrees awarded

$3,480

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the North Slope Borough, AK institution with the largest number of graduating students was Ilisagvik College with 94 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

17

Degrees Awarded to Men

77

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 17 men were awarded degrees from institutions in North Slope Borough, AK, which is 0.221 times less than the 77 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. American Indian or Alaska Native

    53 degrees awarded

  2. White

    18 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    13 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in North Slope Borough, AK were to American Indian or Alaska Native students. These 53 degrees mean that there were 2.94 times more American Indian or Alaska Native students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 18 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in North Slope Borough, AK was $153,900 in 2017, which is 0.67 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $154,100 to $153,900, a 0.13% decrease. The homeownership rate in North Slope Borough, AK is 51.9%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in North Slope Borough, AK have an average commute time of 5.96 minutes, and they commute by Walked. Car ownership in North Slope Borough, AK is lower than the national average, with an average of 1 car per household.

Housing

Property Value

$153,900

2017 Median

± $15,436

$154,100

2016 Median

± $12,553

In 2017, the median property value in North Slope Borough, AK declined from to $153,900 from the previous year's value of $154,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in North Slope Borough, AK compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In North Slope Borough, AK the largest share of households have a property value in the $175k - $200k range.

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Household Income

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$77,266

Median Household Income

± $11,624

2.04k

Number of Households

± 197

In 2017, the median household income of the 2.04k households in North Slope Borough, AK grew to $77,266 from the previous year's value of $72,027.

The following chart displays the households in North Slope Borough, AK distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

None

Average Range

This chart shows the households in North Slope Borough, AK distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In North Slope Borough, AK the largest share of households pay taxes in the None range.

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Rent vs Own

51.9%

2017 Homeownership

50%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 51.9% of the housing units in North Slope Borough, AK were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 50%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in North Slope Borough, AK compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

5.96 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in North Slope Borough, AK have a shorter commute time (5.96 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.0965% of the workforce in North Slope Borough, AK have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Walked

    49.7%

  2. Drove Alone

    23.2%

  3. Carpooled

    15.3%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in North Slope Borough, AK was Walked (49.7%), followed by those who Drove Alone (23.2%) and those who Carpooled (15.3%).

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Transportation

Car Ownership

1 car

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in North Slope Borough, AK distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in North Slope Borough, AK have 1 car, followed by 0 cars.

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