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Alaska Cities & Towns

Alaska Cities & Towns

From rural Alaska Native villages to coastal towns to urban cities, Alaska is home to a broad range of communities, each with their own unique activities, cultures, and attractions. The state's three largest cities — Anchorage, Juneau, and Fairbanks — are the state's air service hubs and are ideal jumping off points for Alaska adventures.

If you're traveling by cruise ship, you will explore the beautiful port towns along the Inside Passage region, which is home to Juneau, Alaska's state capital, along with the Tlingit, Haida, Eyak, & Tsimshian peoplesSouthcentral Alaska is the traditional homeland of the Athabascan and Sugpiaq people and is the state's most populated region, with over half of the state's population and the biggest city - Anchorage. The hub of Interior Alaska is Fairbanks, connecting to the communities surrounding Denali National Park and Preserve, Athabascan villages, and the Alaska Highway.

The Arctic region is home to Utqiaġvik, the United States' northernmost city, along with many Inupiaq villages, remote communities, Nome, and Prudhoe Bay. The communities of Southwest Alaska stretch from Bethel and the Yup'ik and Cup'ik villages in western Alaska, to Kodiak and Sugpiaq villages on Kodiak Island, to Unalaska/Dutch Harbor and Unangax̂ villages and communities located along the Aleutian Islands. 

Alaska Cities and Population by Region


City  Population  Sub-Region
Anaktuvuk Pass  425 Brooks Range
Bettles  23 Brooks Range
Coldfoot  34  Brooks Range
Kotzebue 3,102 Western Arctic
Nome 3,699 Western Arctic
Prudhoe Bay/Deadhorse 1,310 Arctic Coast
St. Lawrence Island 640 (Gambell) Western Arctic
Unalakleet 765 Western Arctic
Utqiaġvik (Barrow) 4,927 Arctic Coast
Wiseman 5 Brooks Range



City  Population  Sub-Region
Anderson 177 Fairbanks Area
Cantwell 200 Denali National Park Area
Central 66  Fairbanks Area
Chena Hot Springs  10  Fairbanks Area
Chicken  12  Alaska Highway
Circle  91  Fairbanks Area
Delta Junction  918  Alaska Highway
Denali Park  163  Denali National Park Area
Eagle  83  Alaska Highway
Ester  2,416 Fairbanks Area
Fairbanks 32,515  Fairbanks Area
Fort Yukon  428 Northeast Interior
Galena  472 Western Interior
Healy 966 Denali National Park Area
Kantishna seasonal Denali National Park Area
Manley Hot Springs 169 Fairbanks Area
Nenana 358 Fairbanks Area
North Pole 2,243 Fairbanks Area
Northway 234 Alaska Highway
Paxson 26 Alaska Highway
Ruby 139 Western Interior
Salcha 977 Fairbanks Area
Tok 1,243 Alaska Highway



City  Population  Sub-Region
Anchor Point 2,105 Kenai Peninsula
Anchorage  291,247  Anchorage Area
Big Lake  3,833  Mat-Su Valley
Chickaloon  254  Mat-Su Valley
Chistochina  60  Copper River Valley
Chitina  101  Copper River Valley
Cooper Landing  344  Kenai Peninsula
Copper Center  338  Copper River Valley
Cordova  2,609  Prince William Sound
Eagle River and Chugiak  23,036  Anchorage Area
Eklutna  70 Anchorage Area
Gakona  169  Copper River Valley
Girdwood  2,000 Anchorage Area
Glennallen  439  Copper River Valley
Halibut Cove  60  Kenai Peninsula
Hatcher Pass  n/a  Mat-Su Valley
Homer  5,522  Kenai Peninsula
Hope  161  Kenai Peninsula
Kasilof  525  Kenai Peninsula
Kenai  7,424  Kenai Peninsula
Kennicott/McCarthy 107 Copper River Valley
Kenny Lake 234 Copper River Valley
Lake Louise 15 Copper River Valley
Moose Pass 228 Kenai Peninsula
Nikiski 4,456 Kenai Peninsula
Ninilchik 845 Kenai Peninsula
Palmer 5,888 Mat-Su Valley
Portage Glacier Area n/a Anchorage Area
Seldovia 235 Kenai Peninsula
Seward 2,727 Kenai Peninsula
Skwentna 62 Mat-Su Valley
Soldotna 4,342 Kenai Peninsula
Sterling 5,918 Kenai Peninsula
Sutton 1,038 Mat-Su Valley
Talkeetna 1,055 Mat-Su Valley
Trapper Creek 499 Mat-Su Valley
Valdez 3,985 Prince William Sound
Wasilla 9,054 Mat-Su Valley
Whittier 272 Prince William Sound
Willow 2,196 Mat-Su Valley



City  Population Sub-Region
Adak 171 Aleutian Islands
Afognak Island 169 Kodiak Island
Akhiok 63 Kodiak Island
Eastern Aleutians   Akutan: 1,589
Cold Bay: 50
False Pass: 397 
King Cove: 757
Aleutian Islands
Bethel  6,325   Yukon Kuskokwim River Delta
Dillingham  2,249  Bristol Bay
Iliamna  108  Alaska Peninsula
King Salmon  307  Alaska Peninsula
Karluk  27  Kodiak Island
Kodiak  5,581  Kodiak Island
Larsen Bay  34 Kodiak Island
McGrath 301 Alaska Peninsula
Naknek 470 Alaska Peninsula
Old Harbor 216 Kodiak Island
Ouzinkie 109 Kodiak Island
Port Alsworth 186 Alaska Peninsula
Port Lions 170 Kodiak Island
Pribilof Islands St. Paul: 413
St. George: 67
Pribilof Islands
Sand Point 578 Aleutian Islands
Unalaska/Port of Dutch Harbor 4,254 Aleutian Islands


Inside Passage

City   Population Sub-Region
Angoon  357 Northern Region
Elfin Cove  24 Northern Region
Gustavus/Glacier Bay  655 Glacier Bay Area
Haines  2,080 Northern Region
Hyder  48 Southern Region
Hoonah/Icy Strait Point  931 Northern Region
Juneau  32,355 Northern Region
Kake  543 Southern Region
Ketchikan  8,192 Southern Region
Metlakatla 1,454 Southern Region
Pelican 98 Northern Region
Petersburg 3,398 Southern Region
Port Protection 36 Southern Region
Prince of Wales Island 5,753 Southern Region
Sitka 8,458 Northern Region
Skagway 1,240 Northern Region
Tenakee Springs 116 Northern Region
Wrangell 2,127 Southern Region
Yakutat 657 Northern Region


Population data taken from the 2020 U.S. Census.

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