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Big Lake, Alaska - Basic Facts

The Big Lake Census Designated Place had a population of 3,559 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Big Lake is located at latitude 61.5298 and longitude -149.9809 in Matanuska-Susitna Borough. The formal boundaries for the Big Lake Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 116.19 sq. miles and a water area of 12.59 sq. miles. Matanuska-Susitna Borough is in the Alaska time zone (GMT -9). The elevation is 148 feet.

The Big Lake Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2418792) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The Big Lake Census Designated Place is located within the Matanuska-Susitna Census Subarea of Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Census subareas are statistical subdivisions of the county equivalents used in Alaska (boroughs, city and boroughs, municipalities, and census areas) and are the statistical equivalent of Micro Civil Divisions (MCDs) used in other states.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Big Lake population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Big Lake, AK Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 3,559
Population in Households 3,559
Population in Familes 2,731
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 31
Diversity Index2 35


Total Households 1,444
Average Household Size 2.46
Family Households 899
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 2,917 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,165 (39.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 279 ( 9.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,473 (50.5%)
Median Home Value $241,898
Average Home Value $291,945


Median Household Income $63,040
Average Household Income $85,302
Per Capita Income $34,595
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.97% 0.93%
Households 0.82% 0.84%
Families 0.6% 0.68%
Median Household Income   1.62%
Per Capita Income   1.95%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Big Lake, AK - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Big Lake to the other 354 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Alaska by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 33 91st
Population Density1 # 135 62nd
Diversity Index2 # 181 49th
Median Household Income # 74 79th
Per Capita Income # 56 84th

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