Haines questions 17% population drop in census

The Haines Borough had its largest population decline in history and the largest of any Alaska borough or census area over the past decade,

according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Haines’ population fell by 17.1% — from 2,508 in 2010 to 2,080 in 2020 — with much of the decline outside of the townsite that used to be considered the city of Haines.

But the census numbers don’t align with the state Labor Department 2020 borough population estimate of 2,520, which was calculated using 2010 census data and Permanent Fund dividend application numbers. In 2020, 2,289 registered borough residents applied...


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