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Biggest Cities in Alaska

Can you name the 23 most populous cities in Alaska?
Source: 2018 Census Estimates
Incorporated communities only
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Last updated: July 9, 2019
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First submittedOctober 22, 2012
Times taken16,737
Average score34.8%
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Population
City
291,538
Anchorage
32,113
Juneau
31,516
Fairbanks
10,529
Wasilla
8,647
Sitka
8,289
Ketchikan
7,778
Kenai
7,306
Palmer
6,493
Bethel
5,968
Kodiak
5,810
Homer
4,689
Soldotna
Population
City
4,497
Unalaska
4,488
Barrow
3,866
Nome
3,834
Valdez
3,266
Kotzebue
2,729
Seward
2,503
Wrangell
2,396
Dillingham
2,390
Houston
2,160
Cordova
2,113
North Pole
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Level 48
Apr 19, 2014
Biggest cities in Alaska = Every city in Alaska
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Level 76
May 28, 2014
Huh?
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Level 74
Jul 16, 2017
Nope. Haines and Skagway aren't on here.
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Level 56
Mar 31, 2020
not point barrow
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Level 20
Feb 24, 2015
College has almost a population of 13,000.
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Level ∞
Feb 25, 2015
*Incorporated communities only*
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Level 83
Jul 2, 2017
Wow, I tried to boost my score by guessing Springfield, and it didn't work. Alaska is really weird, it must be the only non-Simpsons state in the Union.
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Level 60
Jul 4, 2017
There are a couple.
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Level 80
Jul 9, 2017
There is Homer
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Level 89
Jul 4, 2018
Even better
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Level 68
Jan 12, 2023
This is literally the best comment ever.
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Level 82
Jul 6, 2017
I didn't know so many people live at the North Pole.
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Level 75
Aug 7, 2017
Santa employs lots of elves and reindeer wranglers.
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Level 56
Dec 2, 2021
Santa employs elf wranglers? Why would he need those? Those poor poor elves.
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Level 73
Aug 28, 2017
It is not the literal North Pole, it's the name of a town nearby Fairbanks, in interior Alaska. Peace
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Level 84
Sep 28, 2017
Wow. Just....wow. Amazing how what seems to be obvious sarcasm or tongue-in-cheek humor, just sails right over some heads. Do some people simply have absolutely zero sense of humor, or what? I don't get it.
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Level 72
Mar 1, 2018
This site seems to have a lot of them. You, Ander and usually Kal are about the only level 70 +ers that seen to get it. Eggheads - gotta love 'em.
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Level 95
May 30, 2019
I think it just annoys non-American people that because the town is called North Pole, there are likely a number of people who believe that the North Pole is in the US. Which is funny, really. Besides, Santa's clearly a Canadian, he wears red and white, knows how to dress for the cold and is the nicest guy ever!
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Level 69
May 31, 2019
Hey! I get sarcasm and have a sense of humor, too!! (she said defensively… and kinda humorlessly)
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Level 85
May 31, 2019
Santa Claus is definitely Canadian -- his postal code is H0H 0H0
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Level 93
Oct 8, 2019
Although the magnetic north pole does move around but it has not been in Alaska recently. There is a Canadian landmark (nearer to Greenland) where it was recorded about 100 years ago and since then it has been moving north close to the geographic north pole.
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Level 31
Feb 8, 2021
The Mcdonalds there has a candy cane m sign
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Level 84
Sep 28, 2017
Was surprised that Talkeetna wasn't on here. Don't know why I know of it, but thought for sure since I did, that it would be one of the more populated cities.

Funny, other than the Big 3, it seems there's a specific reason that I knew the ones that I did.

Ketchikan - have friends from there

Kodiak - awed to see a Kodiak bear at a zoo I was a kid

Unalaska - once you see this name, you don't forget it

Seward - Seward's Folly

Valdez - Exxon Valdez oil spill

North Pole - again, once you see it...

Barrow - northernmost U.S. city

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Level 86
Oct 14, 2017
I'll try to remember Kodiak, North Pole and Unalaska for the next time, maybe Valdez and Homer.
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Level 75
Jul 15, 2019
I got some for the same reasons you did, Don, and I'm a fan of all those reality Alaska shows which gave me a few more - Deadliest Catch, Life Below Zero, The Last Alaskans, etc.
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Level 68
Jun 25, 2020
I agree, once i saw the name unalaska i never forgot it
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Level 59
Mar 1, 2018
forgot juneau
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Level 91
Apr 18, 2018
I'd argue you probably should list the city as Utqiagvik, but still accept Barrow, as they officially changed the name end of 2016.
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Level ∞
Apr 19, 2018
I'm going to leave it at Barrow since Wikipedia says that it is commonly known by that name. Utqsgavadgasvik will be accepted as a type-in.
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Level 76
May 1, 2018
It's Utqiaġvik, not Utqsgavadgasvik :)
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Level 89
Apr 20, 2019
^ Here we go with the lack of humor thing again.
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Level 75
May 30, 2019
Rolls right off the fingers. Glad we have that as an option instead of Barrow. :-)
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Level 84
Jun 7, 2019
I thought it was pretty funny. :-)
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Level 77
Jul 10, 2019
I pretty much always recognize the humor and sarcasm on this site, except when it's the Quizmaster. For whatever reason I can never tell when he is trying to be funny, and I take everything he says seriously. Maybe I just don't get his brand of humor, but his clever jokes usually strike me as dumb mistakes. Until I try to correct him and he puts me in my place... Sorry, QM!
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Level 91
Jun 25, 2020
The best part is that due to the regex used, he isn't wrong. So are things like UtqHowDoYouSpellThisAgain?vik.
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Level 66
Aug 23, 2018
I used to live in a very small town by Massachusetts standards, but would be fifth on this list by population.
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Level 66
Oct 17, 2021
I lived in a town of ~10,000 in Arkansas, and I'm amazed to realize that it would probably get fourth on here now. And I thought it was small...
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Level 86
May 31, 2019
North Pole: not as north as you'd think.
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Level 87
May 31, 2019
Finally caught Unalaska. It was the Deadliest Catch.
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Level 82
Jul 9, 2019
A "city" of 2,000 people? That's barely a truck stop. I got the top 3, plus one other that was just a random guess. But I should have guessed Sarah Palin's village, and have at least heard of Nome, Barrow, and Valdez before. Seward would have also made sense as a random guess, but the one I got was Kodiak.
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Level 75
Jul 15, 2019
Don't be a population snob, Kal. One man's truck stop is another man's big city lights. :)
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Level 88
Jul 9, 2019
It seems as though North Pole doesn't turn green on the map when guessed or show the name when the cursor is scrolled over. I still got credit for the answer, luckily, but was confused when I tried to find it on the map and didn't see a corresponding dot.
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Level ∞
Jul 9, 2019
Fixed
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Level 81
Jul 9, 2019
I was surprised that Middle of Nowhere and F'ing Cold were not on this list.
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Level 68
Jul 9, 2019
Well, got the top 3.
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Level 78
Jul 9, 2019
Heh... it's funny to think that elsewhere in the world, there are apartment complexes with populations larger than some of these "cities", and college campuses with populations more than 20 times the size. :-)
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Level 75
Aug 17, 2019
This is my kind of quiz 13/23
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Level 51
Sep 11, 2020
My town's population is mediocre compared to NJ standards, but has a higher population than all of these cities but Anchorage.
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Level 22
Feb 19, 2021
Only got Houston because we go camping there every summer
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Level 61
May 2, 2022
Unalaska

Un=Not

Alaska=Cold

Un+Alaska=Not Cold

But Unalaska is cold........

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Level 61
Apr 26, 2023
Barrow changed name to Utqiagvik
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Level 28
Jan 9, 2024
I'm going to Alaska this week. First to Anchorage then to Utqiagvik (Barrow)