- Associated Press - Monday, March 28, 2016

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Matanuska-Susitna Borough has become the second most populated area in Alaska, attracting about 12,000 new residents in the last five years.

The latest figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show that the Mat-Su Borough has surpassed the number of residents living in the Fairbanks North Star Borough for the first time. The Anchorage municipality remains the most populated region in the state, Anchorage news station KTUU-TV reported (https://bit.ly/1Scj1qZ).

According to the 2015 census data, there were 101,095 residents living in the Mat-Su Borough last year. The borough has had a consistent pattern of annual growth in the region since 2010.

The Fairbanks North Star Borough has seen relatively stagnant population growth in the last five years, adding only 2,000 residents to the area. The Anchorage municipality has grown by 6,869 residents since 2010.

Between 2010 and 2015, the Mat-Su Borough had the fastest rate of population growth in Alaska. Borough officials said the borough has been attracting more young families, leading to an increase in the number of students in the area.

The Mat-Su Borough School District enrolled 750 new students in the last school year.

“We had predicted 2 percent growth which is about 350 (students) for us, and we experienced double that,” said Superintendent Deena Paramo.

The district has had to use portable classrooms and build two new schools to deal with the influx of new students, Paramo said.


Information from: KTUU-TV, https://www.ktuu.com

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