Anchorage

Quality of life in Anchorage is an added benefit for those looking to do business in the city.

Welcome to Anchorage

Anchorage is located in a region referred to as Southcentral Alaska and is easily accessible by air, land, and sea. Anchorage is often the first stop for many visitors to this great state. Almost half of Alaska’s residents live in this area surrounded by miles of coast, mountain ranges, hundreds of lakes and rivers, glaciers, ski resorts, excellent fishing and recreational opportunities, and nearly 20 state parks.
 
Anchorage is a fantastic place to live, work and play. While misconceptions of a frozen land filled with wild animals, igloos, and continuous dark, cold nights abound, Anchorage boasts a strong and diverse economic base, affordable living, excellent recreational activities, top-notch education, and health care facilities, low taxes, and cultural and ethnic diversity. Hundreds of people annually choose to make Anchorage their home.
 
Quality of life in Anchorage is an added benefit for those looking to do business in the city. Anchorage's 265,000+ residents live in a vibrant, modern city that offers an exceptional array of leisure activities and city services while surrounded by unsurpassed scenic beauty and recreational resources. Denali National Park, Kenai Fjords National Park and the Chugach National Forest are all within a few hours of downtown Anchorage.
 
In 2003, Alaska Pacific University was recognized by Backpacker Magazine as offering a top educational experience with easy access to an abundant number of outdoor recreation opportunities. There are more than 200 miles of paved and unpaved trails in the Municipality of Anchorage used for hiking, walking, biking, and other recreational uses in the summer. In the winter more than 130 miles of walkways are plowed and 100 miles of ski trails are groomed for public use. There are even 36 miles of trails dedicated to the state’s official sport: dog mushing.
 
In 2002, Anchorage received the distinction of being one of 10 cities nationally to be named an “All-American City” by the National Civic League. This is the fourth time Anchorage has received the accolade; the city was first named an “All-American City” in 1956, and then again in 1965 and 1984. This award recognizes the “spirit of grassroots citizen involvement and cross-sector collaborative problem solving” displayed by Anchorage residents. Programs that contributed to the award in 2002 were Bridge Builders, an effort to make Anchorage the first city in America without prejudice; the 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games Alaska which utilized the assistance of more than 8,000 community volunteers to host the second largest event in the world that year; and the numerous quality partnerships formed through Anchorage Youth Court.
 
In 2009, Anchorage was voted the No. 1 city in the nation to move to during economic hardships. 

Overview for Anchorage, AK

292,545 people live in Anchorage, where the median age is 34.3 and the average individual income is $43,125. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

292,545

Total Population

34.3 years

Median Age

Low

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$43,125

Average individual Income

Around Anchorage, AK

There's plenty to do around Anchorage, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Fresh N Lean, Mount Yukla, and Eagle Peak.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 2.66 miles 0 reviews 0/5 stars
Active 3.86 miles 1 review 5/5 stars
Active 2.94 miles 1 review 5/5 stars
Active 3.88 miles 0 reviews 0/5 stars
Active 3.88 miles 0 reviews 0/5 stars
Beauty 3.88 miles 0 reviews 0/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Anchorage, AK

Anchorage has 106,695 households, with an average household size of 2.68. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Anchorage do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 292,545 people call Anchorage home. The population density is 171.39 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

292,545

Total Population

Low

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

34.3

Median Age

51.15 / 48.85%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

0-9:

0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
106,695

Total Households

2.68

Average Household Size

$43,125

Average individual Income

Households with Children

With Children:

Without Children:

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Blue vs White Collar Workers

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White Collar:

Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Anchorage, AK

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Primary Schools ()
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The following schools are within or nearby Anchorage. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
5/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 12th
No rating available
PAIDEIA Cooperative School
PUBLIC
K - 12th
4/5
Distance Learning/Corresp. Center
PUBLIC
K - 12th
No rating available
Anchor Lutheran School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Anchorage Junior Academy
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available
Faith Evangelical Lutheran School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
St Elizabeth Ann Seton School
PRIVATE
K - 6th
No rating available
Ursa Major Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
3/5
Anchorage Montessori School
PRIVATE
PreK - 6th
No rating available
Starbright Early Learning Center
PRIVATE
PreK - 4th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 12th
3/5
PUBLIC
K - 12th
4/5
Family Partnership Charter School
PUBLIC
K - 12th
5/5
PUBLIC
K - 12th
3/5
Lumen Christi High School
PRIVATE
7th - 12th
No rating available
Pacific Northern Academy
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Alaska State School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
PUBLIC
PreK - 12th
No rating available
Birchwood Christian School
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available
Anchorage Waldorf School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
No rating available
Chester Valley Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
No rating available
Creekside Park Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
1/5
Muldoon Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
1/5
Nunaka Valley Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
1/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
3/5
PUBLIC
7th - 8th
1/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
4/5
Trailside Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
3/5
Gruening Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
PUBLIC
7th - 8th
1/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
2/5
Anchorage STrEaM Academy
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
PUBLIC
11th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
2/5
Dr. Etheldra Davis - Fairview Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
No rating available
North Star Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
5/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
4/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
Wonder Park Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
1/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
4/5
Denali Montessori Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
2/5
Gladys Wood Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
1/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
5/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
2/5
Ursa Minor Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
4/5
Willow Crest Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
1/5
Lake Hood Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
1/5
McLaughlin Secondary School
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
No rating available
Government Hill Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
1/5
Ravenwood Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
5/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
5/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
3/5
Nicholas J. Begich Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
No rating available
Birchwood ABC Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
5/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
3/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
4/5
Northern Lights ABC K-8 School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
5/5
Ptarmigan Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
No rating available
PUBLIC
7th - 8th
3/5
Russian Jack Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
2/5
Airport Heights Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
4/5
Campbell STEM Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
1/5
Central Middle School of Science
PUBLIC
7th - 8th
1/5
Chugach Optional Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
5/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
2/5
Mountain View Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
5/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
1/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
William Tyson Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
No rating available
The New Path High School
PUBLIC
7th - 12th
No rating available
Martin Luther King Junior Technical High School
PUBLIC
10th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
5/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
3/5
Bettye Davis East Anchorage High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
1/5
Benson Secondary/S.E.A.R.C.H.
PUBLIC
7th - 12th
No rating available
Steller Secondary School
PUBLIC
7th - 12th
5/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
1/5
PUBLIC
K - 8th
3/5
Eagle Academy Charter School
PUBLIC
K - 8th
5/5
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
3/5
Spring Hill Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
1/5
PUBLIC
K - 8th
5/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
3/5
Abbott Loop Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
1/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
2/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
5/5
Rabbit Creek Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
5/5
South Anchorage High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
Mears Middle School
PUBLIC
7th - 8th
2/5
Alaska Native Cultural Charter School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
2/5
College Gate Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
1/5
Inlet View Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
3/5
Ocean View Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
2/5
Scenic Park Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
2/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
1/5
Aquarian Charter School
PUBLIC
K - 6th
5/5
Mirror Lake Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
3/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
2/5
Goldenview Middle School
PUBLIC
7th - 8th
4/5

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