Q. Are there any black people in Alaska? -Santana
A. Certainly, Santana. Most black people live in the Anchorage area, probably because of the big military bases there. We have Fort Richardson and Elmendorf Air Force Base. Then, up in Fairbanks area you will find Fort Wainwright and Eielson Air Force Base. I believe a lot of our black population probably came up with the military initially, but many people who come with the military – black and white – like Alaska so much that they stay when their tour of duty is over.
Alaska is the 4th smallest state, populationn wise, coming behind N. Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming, although we are by far the largest in land area.
You might find the following breakdown of nationalities interesting. These figures were taken from the 2005 census.
67.6% of Alaska is White
15.6% is Native Anerican or Native Alaskan
4.1% is Hispanic
4.0% is Asian
3.5% is Black
5.4% is Mixed Race
Our total population is approximately 663,661 according to the census I just looked at. So, if my math is correct, (and sometimes it is highly suspect!) I would say we have over 23,000 blacks in Alaska. We have tons of room for all nationalities. So come on up!