Census shows 10% drop in Wrangell population

The U.S. Census Bureau says Wrangell lost 242 residents between 2010 and 2020 — about 10% of the community’s population.

The borough doesn’t believe it.

“We’re very concerned that the numbers are inaccurate,” Carol Rushmore, Wrangell’s economic development director, said last Friday, a day after the bureau released the numbers that show 2,127 Wrangell residents as of the July 2020 count versus 2,369 in 2010.

“We’re trying to understand if there is any recourse, trying to understand if we can appeal,” Rushmore said.

The borough will reach out to Alaska’s senior U.S. senator, Lisa Murkowski, to...


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