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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    B-
  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 298,225. 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 highly rated.
About Anchorage...
Population
298,225

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$304,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,261
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    40%
  • Own
    60%
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Anchorage Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    799.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    9.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    132
    40.7
  • Robbery
    262.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    748.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,619.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    1,048
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    9%
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
    7%
    13%

Working in Anchorage

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$82,271
National
$55,322
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Anchorage Reviews

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Anchorage is really cool! The university is nearby, the city is located on the water, and there's a ton of hiking trails all around. The seafood is always fresh. Beware, there are occasional days of 24 hours of darkness in the winter! Make sure to take your vitamin D and keep a Happy Light nearby. The 24 hours of daylight make up for it though! Enjoy the extra long days by staying up late and hiking in the midnight sun.
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What I love about Anchorage, Alaska is it's wide diversity of culture, activities, interests, and food. The town really comes to life when the snow melts and truly becomes the land of the midnight sun. There isn't a child (or adult) inside when the sun is out! Everyone gears up for fishing, camping, four wheeling, road trips, festivals, farmers markets, and so much more. The snow brings a calmness over the town until it builds up enough that the true Alaskans can dust off their snowboards and hit the slopes. Rain, hail, sun or snow, Anchorage is the place to be.
Alaska is a beautiful state with lots of natural resources! Love the mountains, fresh air, beautiful blue/green waters, beautiful sceneries, the famous aroura beam, yummy berries, and so many others to list. There is not just beautiful things to see but lots of activities to do such as skiing, ice skating, ice fishing, hungting, etc... The only bad thing about Alaska is the amount of homeless people, too much alcohol and violence. If the crime is removed from Alaska, it will be the perfect place for everyone!