Rural? The defining characteristic of Anchorage is that it is the biggest city in Alaska, and therefore the bustling, economic hub. Most live here because of the jobs available. Anchorage is gorgeous, surrounded by mountains and a large body of water called the Inlet. It’s an outdoorsman’s paradise with Chugach State Park and a network of paved trails in town. There really are moose and bears in our backyard. There’s an international airport, a museum, a performing art center, Costco, REI and a large selection of “non-chain” coffee shops, breweries and restaurants. Missed by Niche are all the optional schools. My family’s highly rated school isn’t even listed. The population is diverse, in my opinion, people mingle together more. Its weather is more is temperate, averaging 30’s in winter, 60’s in summer. I would describe the people as outdoorsy, polite, fiscally conservative, socially liberal, educated, and quiet. The quality of life is outstanding here.