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Denali Borough
Denali, also known as Mount McKinley, its former official name.
Official seal of Denali Borough
Map of Alaska highlighting Denali Borough
Location within the U.S. state of Alaska
Map of the United States highlighting Alaska
Alaska's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Alaska
Incorporated December 7, 1990
Named for Denali
Seat Healy
Largest city Healy
 • Total 12,777 sq mi (33,090 km2)
 • Land 12,751 sq mi (33,020 km2)
 • Water 26 sq mi (70 km2)  0.2%%
 • Total 1,619
 • Density 0.12671/sq mi (0.048924/km2)
Time zone UTC−9 (Alaska)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−8 (ADT)
Congressional district at-large

The Denali Borough is a borough located in the U.S. state of Alaska. As of the 2020 census the population of the borough was 1,619, down from 1,826 in 2010. The borough seat and most populated community is Healy, and its only incorporated place is Anderson. The borough was incorporated in December 1990.

The area was previously a part of the Unorganized Borough, with the Upper Railbelt School District serving as the region's rural education attendance area (which was replaced by a school district under the borough's umbrella upon incorporation).

The earliest inhabitants were nomadic native Alaskans. A mining camp was established near Healy prior to 1902, and construction of the Alaska Railroad brought additional settlers to the area in the early 1920s. Clear Space Force Station, the Usibelli Coal Mine and tourism at the Denali National Park and Preserve have brought growth and development.


The borough has a total area of 12,777 square miles (33,090 km2), of which 12,751 square miles (33,020 km2) is land and 26 square miles (67 km2) (0.2%) is water.

The borough contains North America's highest point: Denali (formerly Mount McKinley), from which it derives its name, at 6190.5 m (20,310 ft).

National protected area

  • Denali National Park and Preserve (part)
    • Denali Wilderness (part)

Adjacent boroughs and census areas


Historical population
Census Pop.
2000 1,893
2010 1,826 −3.5%
2020 1,619 −11.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1990-2000 2010-2019

At the 2000 census there were 1,893 people, 785 households, and 452 families residing in the borough. The population density was 0.148 people per square mile (0.057/km2). There were 1,351 housing units at an average density of 0.106 per square mile (0.041/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 85.74% White, 1.43% Black or African American, 4.75% Native American, 1.53% Asian, 0.37% Pacific Islander, 0.95% from other races, and 5.23% from two or more races. 2.48%. were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 785 households 31.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.40% were married couples living together, 4.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.30% were non-families. 35.00% of households were one person and 1.40% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 3.03.

The age distribution was 23.80% under the age of 18, 6.70% from 18 to 24, 36.80% from 25 to 44, 29.70% from 45 to 64, and 3.10% 65 or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 139.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 147.10 males.

Denali Borough is the 63rd highest-income county in the United States, and highest-income county in Alaska, by personal per capita income as of 2009.


Dave Talerico of Alaska
Dave Talerico represents the Denali Borough and surrounding regions in the Alaska House of Representatives. Talerico took office in 2015, becoming the first Denali Borough resident to serve in the Alaska Legislature since 1993. Prior to that, he was the borough's longest-serving mayor, from 2002 until resigning in 2012 to take a staff position in the legislature.


Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities

Popular culture

In the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer, the Denali vampire coven (consisting of Tanya, Kate, Irina, Eleazar and Carmen and later Garrett) lives in Denali because of the lack of sunlight.

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