The purpose of the 2014 Alaska Housing Assessment report is to provide an overview of the housing characteristics in Alaska so that housing authorities, policymakers, funding agencies and other interested parties can make informed decisions about resource allocation and housing program management. This current assessment follows several similar reports. The most recent was released in 2009.
The 2014 Alaska Housing Assessment uses information from the U.S. Census and American Community Survey (ACS), as did previous reports, but also presents data from professional energy audits conducted on approximately 30% of occupied housing in Alaska. This recent abundance of high quality energy data, in combination with Alaska's unique energy challenges, has led to a greater focus on housing energy characteristics than in previous years. Alaska’s housing characteristics are presented from the perspectives of community, overcrowding, energy, and housing affordability—factors essential to understanding the state’s housing stock. Data and analysis are reported for each of these four categories at the state, regional, and community level.
The key findings at the statewide level for these four categories and for housing needs are reported in the section below, with reference to national levels and trends. However, the bulk of this Housing Assessment resides in the sections that follow—written summaries of the ANCSA regions and Census Areas and detailed data profiles of regions and communities throughout Alaska. Key findings at smaller spatial scales can be found in the ANCSA region and Census Area summaries. Readers interested in particular areas of Alaska should refer to the individual summaries and profiles specific to their locale.