North Slope Borough, Alaska

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North Slope Borough, Alaska
Seal of North Slope Borough, Alaska
Map of Alaska highlighting North Slope Borough
Location in the state of Alaska
Map of the United States highlighting Alaska
Alaska's location in the U.S.
Incorporated July 2, 1972[1][2]
Seat Barrow
Largest city Barrow
 • Total 94,763 sq mi (245,435 km2)
 • Land 88,695.413 sq mi (229,720 km2)
 • Water 5,946 sq mi (15,400 km2), 6.4%
 • (2010) 9,430
 • Density 0.106/sq mi (0/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Alaska: UTC-9/-8

North Slope Borough is a borough located largely in the North Slope region of the U.S. state of Alaska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,430. The borough seat is Barrow. As of 2012 the mayor is Charlotte Brower.[3]


Rolling green tundra hills and a river on the North Slope
The Anaktuvuk River flows North toward the Arctic Ocean. Much of the North Slope borough is characterized by vast, uninhabited gently rolling tundra.

The borough has a total area of 94,763 square miles (245,440 km2), of which, 88,695.413 square miles (229,720.07 km2)[4] of it is land and 6,067.6 square miles (15,715 km2) –6.4%– is water. The borough is larger than 39 states.[5]

Its western coastline is along the Chukchi Sea, while its eastern shores (beyond Point Barrow) are on the Beaufort Sea.

The North Slope Borough is the largest county-level political subdivision in the United States by area, with a larger land area than that of the state of Utah (itself the 13th largest state in the nation). Although the adjacent Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area is larger in area, it has no borough-level government. The borough is also the third-least densely populated county-level entity in the United States (after the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area and the Lake and Peninsula Borough).

Adjacent boroughs and census areas[edit]

It also shares its eastern border with Yukon, Canada, which has no subdivisions.

National protected areas[edit]

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Other federal areas[edit]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 2,133
1970 2,663 24.8%
1980 4,199 57.7%
1990 5,979 42.4%
2000 7,385 23.5%
2010 9,430 27.7%
Est. 2012 9,643 2.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2012 Estimate[7]
North Slope Borough Police

As of the census[8] of 2010, there were 7,385 people, 2,109 households, and 1,524 families residing in the borough. The population density was 12.03 square miles (31.2 km2) per person. There were 2,538 housing units at an average density of 35 square miles (91 km2) per unit. The racial makeup of the borough was 17.09% White, 0.72% Black or African American, 68.38% Native American, mostly Inuit, 5.92% Asian, 0.84% Pacific Islander, 0.50% from other races, and 6.55% from two or more races. 2.37% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race. 42.84% reported speaking Iñupiaq or "Eskimo" at home, while 4.21% speak Tagalog.[9]

There were 2,109 households out of which 48.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.3% were married couples living together, 18.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.70% were non-families. 21.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.45 and the average family size was 4.05.

In the borough the population was spread out with 38.2% under the age of 18, 9.50% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 18.10% from 45 to 64, and 4.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 27 years. For every 100 females there were 112.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 113.90 males.

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Cities and towns[edit]


  1. ^ "North Slope Borough Local Emergency Planning District (LEPD)". Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. 2007-12-31. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  2. ^ 1996 Alaska Municipal Officials Directory. Juneau: Alaska Municipal League/Alaska Department of Community and Regional Affairs. January 1996. p. 13. 
  3. ^ Delbridge, Rena (April 9, 2010). "North Slope mayor fights for local voice". Alaska Dispatch. Retrieved 2011-10-14. [not in citation given]
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  5. ^ Reiss, Bob. "The Mayor at the Top of the World". July 18, 2010. Retrieved 2013-07-05. "He governs the Wyoming-sized North Slope Borough of Alaska, a territory larger than 39 of our 50 states" 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  9. ^ "MLA Language Map Data for North Slope County, Alaska". Retrieved 2011-10-14. 

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Coordinates: 69°18′N 153°27′W / 69.30°N 153.45°W / 69.30; -153.45