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Anchorage, AK

Anchorage is centrist with a conservative slant and has a Democratic representative in Congress
296,112
Anchorage Population7
$
54,666
Median Income6
10.3
%
Unemployment Rate17
 

City Score

 

Population

Anchorage's aged 45- to 54-years old saw the steapest decline since 2010, falling by 16%, whereas the average population in that segment only declined by 4%

Age

33.2
Median Age7
4.2
%
Population Growth Since 20107

Proportion of Population by Age Group vs. United States average7

 

Race and Ethnicity

Anchorage residents are mostly white; however, the city is becoming more diverse as the white community has shrunk by 10.2% since 2010, while the Asian community, 2nd largest in the city, has grown by 36.3%

Race

61
%
Alaska Population, White7
61.1
%
United States population, White7

Population Distribution by Race/Ethnicity7

 

Climate

Anchorage is very cold with heavy snowfall. The temperature drops to 32°F or below 192 days per year with an average temperature of 17°F in January and 73 inches of annual snowfall

Weather

32
%
Chance of Rain11
43
%
Chance of Sunshine3

Average Temperature40

 

Housing

The average home value in Anchorage increased by 20% since 2010 which is 23% lower than the national average and 7% higher than the state average

Rent

$
1,700
Monthly Average12
39
%
Renters41

Average Home Value5

 

Taxes

Anchorage is a very low tax location with no state or local income tax, no sales tax, and property tax near the national average.

Other

1.18
%
Property Tax21
0.0
%
Sales Tax20
0.0
%
Vehicle Tax21

Effective Income Tax Rate at Various Income Levels (Married, Filing Jointly)42

 

Employment

Anchorage has a very low employment rate of 90% which is 4% lower than the national average. The largest employers are Bristol Bay Native and Chugach Alaska

Income

12.2
%
<$25,0006
16.8
%
$100,000+6

Distribution by Industry17

 

Politics

Anchorage is strongly conservative, similar to Alaska's overall leaning, but juxtaposed against Juneau, Alaska's most liberal city. Since oil was discovered in Alaska's North Slope in 1968, the state has never voted for a Democratic presidential candidate.

2016 Presidential Election Results44

Representatives

Mayor28 Ethan Berkowitz
Democratic
House of Representative28 Don Young
Republican
 

Healthcare

The nearest 5-star hospital, Olympic Medical Center, is 1374.4 miles from the center of Anchorage, the nearest Veterans Affairs medical center, Alaska VA Health Care System, is 3.6 miles away, and the nearest top-rated hospital for cancer care, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance/University of Washington Medical Center, is 1431.6 miles away

Medicare-Rated Hospitals (<50 Miles)2

Is Marijuana Legal?

Medical29 Yes
Decriminalized29 Yes
 

Safety

In Alaska, 57.2% of adults live in a household with at least one gun, which is a marginal decrease from 2000 when 60.1% of adults lived in households with guns

Gun Laws

No
Universal Background Checks30
No
Permit to Purchase Law30

Property Crimes and Violent Crimes per 100,000 Residents

 

Fun Facts

  • The largest museum in Alaska; dedicated to studying and exploring the land, peoples, art and history of Alaska
  • One of the largest state parks in the nation; covering 495,204 acres
 

Top Destinations

  • Alaska residents receive a payment every year of a $1,000 or more, called the Permanent Fund Dividend34
  • On summer solstice, Anchorage gets 22 hours of daylight, which many Alaskans spend celebrating and enjoying the outdoors35
  • In the Anchorage School District, just over 100 languages are spoken. The most common languages are English, Spanish, Samoan, and Hmong36
 

Recognition

#100 2020 Best Cities to Retire by U.S. News & World Report31
#70 2019 Best Cities to Live by U.S. News & World Report32
#80 2019 Best Cities for Healthcare by healthgrades33
 

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