By Larry Persily
Wrangell Sentinel 

Borough officials concerned about ongoing population decline

 

February 21, 2024



Borough officials are concerned that Wrangell continues to lose population, while those who stay in town grow older and leave the workforce.

As a whole, the state has lost more residents than it has gained in new arrivals every year since 2013, with only the birth rate keeping Alaska from showing a population decline.

However, unlike the statewide totals, Wrangell recorded more deaths than births between 2017 and 2022, adding to the community’s overall population decline.

The state’s latest estimate for Wrangell’s population, as of last summer, is 2,039 residents. That is down from 2,084 in th...



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