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Major Religions of Alaska

Christianity dominates Alaska's religious scene with 79% of the population adhering to the religion.

The American state of Alaska is located on the extreme northwest corner of the of the continent. It is the United States of America’s largest state by area, the third least populous, and the most sparsely populated state. As of 2017, the population of Alaska was estimated at 740,000. Half the state’s population reside in the Anchorage metropolitan area. Alaska was part of the Russian Empire before it was purchased by the United States for $7.2M on March 30, 1867. It was fully recognized as a US territory on May 11, 1912. On January 3, 1959, Alaska formerly joined the Union as the 49th state.

Population Of Alaska

As of 2017, the population of Alaska was estimated at 740,000. It is the third least populous and the most sparsely populated state with a population density of 1.26/sq mi. A majority of the is white (66.7%) of which 64.1% are non-Hispanic whites. The American Indians make up 14.8% of the population, 5.4% are Asian, 3.3% are African American while only 1.0% are native Hawaiian. Latinos and Hispanic make up 5.5% of the population. A survey by the American Community Survey revealed that 83.4% of the population use English in their daily conversations, 3.5% use Spanish while 2.2% use one of the Indo-European languages. About 4.3% of the population use one of the Asian languages. Only 55 of the population use one of the native languages of the state. There are about 20 Alaskan native languages spoken in the state but with different dialects but most belong to the Eskimo-Aleut language. As of 2014, the native language of Alaska had been categorized as either dormant, threatened, nearly extinct or shifting.

Religious Demographics Of Alaska

A survey conducted by Pew Research Center revealed that a majority (62%) of Alaskans were Christians. Evangelical Protestants made up 22% of the population while mainline protestants made up 12%. Historically black protestants made up 3% of the population. Sixteen percent of the population were Catholics while Mormons and Orthodox Christians each represented 5% of the population. Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindu, and other religions represented less than 5% of the population combined. Alaska has a higher percentage of religiously unaffiliated people (31%) than the national average of 22.8%. Fifty-five percent of the population absolutely believe in God,24% fairly believe in God while 12% do not. Forty-one percent are absolutely sure that religion is important in their life, 29% think it is somehow important while 16% find religion entirely irrelevant. A third of the population attend church at least once a week,34% attend once or twice in a month while 36% never attach the church for a religious purpose. Half the state’s population pray daily, 14% at least once a week while 30% never engage in prayers. Only a quarter of Alaskans actively participate in religious and prayer groups weekly, 4% do so at least once in a month while 70% never attend religious groups. Twenty-eight percent of the population turn to religion on guidance on right and wrong, 7% think reason and philosophy determine right and wrong while 47% say common sense provides the solution to what is right and what is wrong.

What Is The Religious Composition Of Alaska?

Religion% of followers in the total population
Christian79.0%
Unaffiliated17.0%
Jewish0.9%
Buddhist<0.5%
Islam0.5%
Hindu<0.5%
Other World Religions<0.5%
Other Faiths2.0%

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