While the national economy was booming in that five-year period, Alaska’s economy was dragging due to low oil prices.
Official U.S. Census data reports Wrangell lost a tenth of its population — 242 people — over the last decade.
Redistricting is shaping up to be the opening of a high stakes political exercise that will play out through the Nov. 10 deadline to settle political boundaries.
The U.S. Census released its reapportionment data for states this week. That means states now must re-draw congressional and state legislative districts to make sure everyone has fair representation and voting rights.
The share of Alaska’s population that identifies as a race or ethnicity other than solely white rose from less than a third of the population to more than than 40%.
Rep. Don Young said “billions in federal funding will be left on the table over the next decade” if census takers can’t get an accurate count in Alaska.
A census spokesperson said the bureau is making an extra push to reach more Alaskans and trying to remind people that the census is safe, easy and important.
In early August, the Census Bureau announced that counting would end on September 30 — a month sooner than originally planned.
Census data guides federal funding, but fewer than 50% of Alaska households have responded.
A handful of Census workers in rural Alaska are running out of time to count the tens of thousands of people living off the road system.