A breakdown of the Bristol Bay Census results for 2020

Sep 24, 2021

The United States Census Bureau released the results of the 2020 census last month. Bristol Bay is represented by three census areas in the Southwest region: the Dillingham Census Area, Bristol Bay Borough and Lake and Peninsula Borough. Here is a breakdown of how each census area has changed over the last decade.

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The United States Census Bureau released the results of the 2020 census last month. Bristol Bay is represented by three census areas in the Southwest region: the Dillingham Census Area, Bristol Bay Borough and Lake and Peninsula Borough.

Here is a breakdown of how each census area has changed over the last decade.

Dillingham Census Area

The Dillingham Census Area was home to 4,847 people in 2010. Since then, the area has grown by 10 people. That brings the total population to 4,857. Five communities in the census saw an increase in population while four others dipped slightly.

Manokotak’s population grew the most, gaining 46 people -- from 442 people to 488. Dillingham suffered the greatest loss in population, from 2,329 people to 2,249 – an 80 person decrease.

By population diversity, 73% of people identify as Alaska Native or American Indian alone. Those who identify as Alaska Native or American Indian in combination with another race is 71%. The population that identifies as a mix of two races or more is 10%.

The share of the population that identifies as Black, Asian or Native Hawaiin alone is about 1%. Those who identify as white alone is 15% and Hispanic Origin alone is 3%.

*Tables for Bristol Bay's Population by Race and Hispanic Origin or in Combination are at the end of this publication.

A break down of Dillingham's population by Census Designated Places.
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Bristol Bay Borough Census Area

The Bristol Bay Borough’s total population shrank by 153 people over the last decade. In 2010, the Borough was home to 997 people. It’s now at 844. There was no reported growth across King Salmon, Naknek and South Naknek.

The share of the population that identifies as Alaska Native or American Indian alone in the borough is 33%. Those who identify as Alaska Native or American in combination with another race is 39%. The population that identifies as a mix of two races or more is 21%.

People in the borough who identify as Asian alone is 2%. Those who identify as Black and Native Hawaiian alone is about 1%. The share that identifies as white alone is 41% and Hispanic Origin alone is 8%.

*Tables for Bristol Bay's Population by Race and Hispanic Origin or in Combination are at the end of this publication.

The Bristol Bay Borough's population by Census Designated Places.
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Lake and Peninsula Borough

The Lake and Peninsula Borough’s population had the greatest loss in the region, decreasing by 155 people. The total population in the Lake and Pen Borough is 1,476 people, compared to 1,631 in 2010. Port Alsworth is now the most populated community in the borough, with 186 residents. Newhalen used to have the most people, but its population dropped from 190 to 168.  

The most drastic population decrease was in Egekik, falling from 109 residents to 39.

The share of the population that identifies solely as Alaska Native or American Indian is 62%. Those who identify as Alaska Native or American Indian in combination with another race is about 63%, and 11% identify as two races or more.

About 1% of the population identifies as Black or Native Hawaiian alone. Those that identify as Asian alone is 2%. Those that identified as white alone is 23% and Hispanic Origin alone is 8%.

*Tables for Bristol Bay's Population by Race and Hispanic Origin or in Combination are at the end of this publication.

Lake and Peninsula Borough's population breakdown by Census Designated Places.
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If you combine the populations from the Dillingham Census Area, Bristol Bay and Lake and Pen boroughs, the total population for the Bristol Bay region has dropped by 300 people. The new total is 7,195 residents, compared to 7,495 people ten years ago.

You can find census information and more here.

Alaska Population by Race and Hispanic Origin:

By One Race Alone:

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By One Race Alone or in Combination

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