73 reviews
  1. City in Alaska
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Real Estate
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    D-
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$290,500
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,197
National
$928
Area Feel
Rural
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    40%
  • Own
    60%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

    Crime & Safety

    Crime & Safety
    C
    Based on violent and property crime rates.
    Violent Crimes
    • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
    National
    • Assault
      685
      273
    • Murder
      9
      6
    • Rape
      172
      41
    • Robbery
      206
      133
    Property Crimes
    • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
    National
    • Burglary
      559
      525
    • Theft
      2,975
      2,081
    • Motor Vehicle Theft
      383
      263

    Residents

    Diversity
    A
    Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
    Median Household Income
    $78,326
    National
    $53,889
    Children
    21%
    Education Levels
    National
    • Master's degree or higher
      12%
      11%
    • Bachelor's degree
      21%
      19%
    • Some college or associate's degree
      36%
      29%
    • High school diploma or equivalent
      24%
      28%
    • Less than high school diploma
      7%
      13%

    Anchorage Reviews

    73 reviews
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    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.
    I love Alaska. Anchorage is a beautiful town that is very diverse. An example to show that is at one local high school there are over 100 languages spoken! I also love that everywhere you go, you are at least 10 minutes away from being in nature. You can find trails all over Anchorage to walk, run, bike, or ski! There is also the surrounding mountains that you can go hike as well!
    Anchorage is a great city with great views and fresh air. It's quick and easy to get out of town as well to hike a mountain, go swimming in a lake, go kayaking, biking, fishing, hunting, or road tripping. There's also snowboarding, skiing, sledding, snow men making, and snowball fights in the winter. The ice sculptures are amazing! Many who live in Anchorage love it.