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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C-
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A
Anchorage is a city in Alaska with a population of 296,112. Anchorage is in Anchorage Borough. Living in Anchorage offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Anchorage there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Anchorage. The public schools in Anchorage are above average.
About Anchorage...
Population
296,112

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$308,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,306
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    39%
  • Own
    61%
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Anchorage Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    845.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    8.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    209.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    245.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    708.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,252.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    966.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    13%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%

Working in Anchorage

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$83,280
National
$55,322
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Anchorage Reviews

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To be completely honest, Alaska is the most beautiful place I think I have ever had the privilege to live in and/or visit. After two years, it still finds ways to enamor me with it's glorious views of mountains, oceans, and wildlife. That being said, it is an acquired taste, one myself am not the biggest fan of. There is a certain way of living up here that I can for the most part respect; most everyone here is living here to live by their own rules and generally keeps to themselves in regards to beliefs, showing a truly conservative nature. Everything that people will do for fun out here is outdoors- be it snowmobiling to hiking to fishing, everyone out here does things outside, especially in the summer time. While there are certainly things that Anchorage could fix, like the less than ideal education system or the crime rate, it certainly have loved the adventure of it all and I'm glad for having the experience of being up here for a few years!
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Great city to live, work and play. I have lived in Anchorage for over 18 years, and I can call it home if you have a passion for the outdoors. If you enjoy skiing, hiking, fat tire biking, trail running, and many more activities, this state has to offer. Then you will have to go on compromise with the cold, dark, and long winter months unless you are like most "Alaskans" who leave to Hawaii after holidays to break the hibernation. It is one of those places where you eather hate it or love it! If you are considering moving to Alaska, I suggest first to visit in summer then again in winter.
I love Anchorage! It is absolutely beautiful and plenty of outdoor trails to view wildlife and get fresh air. People are friendly, always smiling and saying "hi," and will let you pet their dogs with no problem. It is slightly expensive to live here because of shipping costs and night-times in the winter can be dangerous. However, the summer is beautiful and almost 23 hour sunlight!