Forecasters predict 100,000 more Alaska residents by 2045

Provided by Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development
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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Forecasters project Alaska to house 100,000 more people by 2045.

The Juneau Empire reports a new forecast released Tuesday by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development says the state is expected to have almost 838,000 residents by the year 2045. The state currently has just over 737,000 people.

The projected growth in state population comes even as Alaska records a year-over-year population decline.

Eddie Hunsinger, the lead demographer on the project, says, "There will be continued aging of the population and bigger increases in deaths than births."

The state releases a long-term population forecast every other year.

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