Wrangell should show the state its numbers

Challenging the U.S. Census undercount for Wrangell would not change the numbers, but presenting the case to the state could be a profitable use of borough time.

While the census count showed Wrangell dropped from 2,369 residents in 2010 to 2,127 in 2020, the Alaska Department of Labor’s Research and Analysis Division arrived at an even steeper loss of population — from 2,412 in July 2011 to 2,096 in its July 2021 estimate.

Considering the lack of empty homes or apartments in town, it’s hard to see where the community lost more than 200 residents in the past 10 years. No doubt some decline is...


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