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Alaska State of Alaska

Boasting some of the most spectacular and wild scenery to be found anywhere in the US, it’s not surprising that Alaska attracts visitors and new residents on a regular basis. To make sure your Alaska dental practice has the best chance for success, it’s important to take the time to understand the demographics of the northernmost US state. Below, you’ll find information regarding population growth, the size and age of a typical Alaska household, how much they spend on dental care, and even changes in the state’s Medicaid eligibility requirements.

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3.81%

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Total Population: 737,286

Growth: High

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Since 2010, Alaska ranks as the twelfth fastest growing state in the USA. Between April 1, 2010 and July 1, 2014, the United States Census Bureau estimates that the state gained approximately 3.81% of its 2010 population.

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MEDIAN ANNUAL INCOME

$76,422 USD

Ranks as the 5th highest in the United States

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MEDIAN AGE

33.8

Ranks as the 2nd youngest in the United States

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AVERAGE SIZE OF HOUSEHOLD

2.65

Ranks as the 7th largest in the United States

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OWNER OCCUPIED HOUSEHOLDS

63%

Ranks as the 41st highest in the United States

Growth Outlook: High
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POPULATION GROWTH FORECAST (2014-2019)

4.74%

Ranks as the 5th highest in the United States

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DENTAL EXPENDITURES PER CAPITA PER YEAR

$107.34

Ranks as the 21st highest in the United States

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GENERAL DENTISTS

456

Population/General Dentists: 1,617

Ranks as the 48th highest in the United States

BEST RATIO OF GENERAL DENTISTS / SPECIALIST

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TOTAL PRACTICING SPECIALISTS: 114

  • Pedodontists: 24
  • Periodontists: 5
  • Prosthodontists: 13
  • Public Health (community health
    center, etc.): 10
  • Oral Surgeons: 28
  • Endodontists: 12
  • Orthodontists: 22

MEDICAID OUTLOOK

Alaska has chosen to not expand Medicaid coverage. See the below chart for qualifying income levels, as a percentage of the federal poverty level. Note that qualifying incomes vary based on family size.

Medicaid Eligibility for Recipients in Alaska (Effective April 1, 2014)
Infants: 0-1 Children: 1-5 Children: 6-19 Parents Upper Limit
208% 208% 208% 134% 208%

Alaska is the 12th fastest growing state, projected to be the 5th fastest through 2019. Although it’s Population / GP Ratio is 48 of 51, its income- adjusted Population / GP Ratio is 35 of 51. The saturation is offset by the median age, income, and growth potential, as remains a great place to start a dental practice.


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