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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
Quiz by geoPunk
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Last updated: July 9, 2019
First submittedOctober 22, 2012
Times taken7,582
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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
+21
level 55
Apr 19, 2014
Biggest cities in Alaska = Every city in Alaska
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level 72
May 28, 2014
Huh?
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level 76
Jul 16, 2017
Nope. Haines and Skagway aren't on here.
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level 21
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 76
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 62
Jul 4, 2017
There are a couple.
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level 77
Jul 9, 2017
There is Homer
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level 75
Jul 4, 2018
Even better
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level 74
Jul 6, 2017
I didn't know so many people live at the North Pole.
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level 76
Aug 7, 2017
Santa employs lots of elves and reindeer wranglers.
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level 71
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 72
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 78
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 86
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 71
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 75
May 31, 2019
Santa Claus is definitely Canadian -- his postal code is H0H 0H0
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level 80
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 72
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 78
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 76
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 28
Mar 1, 2018
forgot juneau
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level 79
Apr 2, 2018
Guessed North Pole! But missed Barrow, my birth town, but not the one in Alaska.
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level 58
Jul 10, 2019
Missed my birth town too, but still not the one in Alaska!
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level 84
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 72
May 1, 2018
It's Utqiaġvik, not Utqsgavadgasvik :)
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level 75
Apr 20, 2019
^ Here we go with the lack of humor thing again.
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level 72
May 30, 2019
Rolls right off the fingers. Glad we have that as an option instead of Barrow. :-)
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level 80
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 60
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 79
May 31, 2019
North Pole: not as north as you'd think.
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level 80
May 31, 2019
Finally caught Unalaska. It was the Deadliest Catch.
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level 77
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 76
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 77
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.
+1
level ∞
Jul 9, 2019
Fixed
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level 73
Jul 9, 2019
I was surprised that Middle of Nowhere and F'ing Cold were not on this list.
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level 62
Jul 9, 2019
Well, got the top 3.
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level 67
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 64
Aug 17, 2019
This is my kind of quiz 13/23