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Survey: Most Kodiak residents say they always wear masks

Results from nationwide survey show how many people say they always wear masks. (photo: New York Times)
Results from nationwide survey show how many people say they always wear masks. (photo: New York Times)

If you encountered five random people on any given day, what are the odds that all five of them would be wearing a mask?

That’s the question asked by global data and survey firm Dynata, who released results of that survey this (Friday) morning.

So how did Alaska respond?

According to the survey, if an Alaskan encounters five random Alaskans, there is less than a 50% chance that all five people are wearing masks.

The Alaska region with the highest odds—45% to be exact—is southcentral, including Anchorage, the Kenai Peninsula, the Mat-Su valley, and Kodiak.

If you live in the interior, you have about a 20% chance. In southeast Alaska, a 25% chance. And in western Alaska, 30%.

The data is based on a nationwide survey conducted in the first half of July, before some Alaska municipalities began mandating masks in public, such as Anchorage, Valdez, and Gustavus.

The survey also asked how often people wear a mask.

The highest rate of Alaskans who say they always wear a mask is in Seward and Whittier, at 67%.

The lowest? Nome, where only 24% say they always wear a mask.

Unalaska has the highest rate of Alaskans who say they never wear a mask, at 11%.

How did Kodiak fare?

63% responded as always wearing a mask; 4% say they never wear a mask.

You can look at how other Alaska communities responded in the table below:

How often do you wear a mask when you expect to be within six feet of other people?

PlaceAlwaysFrequentlySometimesRarelyNever
Anchorage6620554
Bethel4146229
Dillingham4249334
Fairbanks41241889
Homer6620554
Juneau36391475
Kenai6620554
Ketchikan40261753
Kodiak6323544
Mat-Su6620554
Nome24503184
North Slope45212257
Seward6719554
Sitka36361494
Skagway35431246
Unalaska40461211
Valdez6620554
Whittier6719554
Wrangell383016123