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Alaska BRFSS Health Profiles: Geography

Geographic systems:

The Alaska BRFSS health profiles are available according to both federally defined and local administrative geographic systems. The systems are organized from a small number of large regional units down to a larger number of localized areas.

Federally Defined Units:

  • Alaska Public Health Regions
  • Alaska Public Health Regions are based broadly upon the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s 6 Economic Regions (Anchorage and Mat-Su, Gulf Coast, Interior, Northern, Southeast, and Southwest), except that Matanuska-Susitna Borough is reported separately from the Municipality of Anchorage. For combined Anchorage and Mat-Su data, see the Metropolitan/Microplitan Statistical Areas. The 7 Public Health Regions represent an internal reporting standard for the Alaska Division of Public Health.

  • Alaska Metropolitan/Micropolitan Statistical Areas
  • There are 2 metropolitan statistical areas (MSA) and 2 micropolitan statistical areas (μSAs) in Alaska. The Anchorage metropolitan statistical area is composed of the Municipality of Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. The Fairbanks MSA and the 2 μSAs are each composed of single boroughs. The boroughs and census areas outside of the metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas are considered rural.

  • Alaska Boroughs/Census Areas
  • Boroughs/Census Areas are the 19 boroughs and 10 US Census Bureau-defined census areas. These two systems have been aggregated into 29 geographic units which correspond to 2015 census area definitions.

Alaska-Defined Administrative Areas: