Anchorage 60 Below average
Anchorage Livability #121 ranked city in Alaska#23,100 ranked city in the USARanks better than 21% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Anchorage Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Anchorage Cost of Living Cost of living is 1% higher than Alaska
13030% more expensive than the US average
12828% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Anchorage cost of living
F Anchorage Crime Total crime is 50% higher than Alaska
Total crime
4,65999% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2299% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-15%Year over year crime is down
Anchorage crime
B- Anchorage Employment Household income is 9% higher than Alaska
Median household income
$80,86246% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$37,86427% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%9% lower than the US average
Anchorage employment
F Anchorage Housing Home value is 16% higher than Alaska
Median home value
$298,00061% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,23130% higher than the US average
Home ownership
60%5% lower than the US average
Anchorage real estate or Anchorage rentals
B Anchorage Schools HS graduation rate is 2% higher than Alaska
High school grad. rates
89%7% higher than the US average
School test scores
n/a100% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
19:117% higher than the US average
Anchorage K-12 schools
D- Anchorage User Ratings There are a total of 40 ratings in Anchorage
Overall user rating
52% 40 total ratings
User reviews rating
53% 11 total reviews
User surveys rating
52% 29 total surveys
all Anchorage poll results

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      Living in Anchorage, AK

      Anchorage, Alaska is a highly populated city with a population of 299,321 people. Anchorage tends to attract a younger crowd, as the median age of 33 is far below the national average. Anchorage has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 73% of the population is classified as married and 55% have kids.

      If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very daunting task. However, it could also be a good experience if you are willing to get to know the area before actually living in Anchorage, Alaska. Finding the best places to live in Anchorage and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes crime, weather, employment and other important metrics.

      Anchorage, AK receives 52 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #134 in Alaska and #28,387 in the USA. Compared to the United States average, this area has a score which ranks among the lowest in the nation, and it is not considered a very livable city. Something also worth noting is that Anchorage ranks among some of the lowest scoring cities in the USA, with more than 90% of cities obtaining a higher score. If we explore each of the categories on their own, we see that Anchorage ranks well for amenities (A+) and employment (B-). The bad news for Anchorage, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: crime (F), cost of living (F), weather (F), education (F) and housing (F).

      Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Anchorage on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Anchorage: Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, Alaska Native Heritage Center, and Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

      Unemployment rates can range pretty dramatically from one city to another. Knowing that Anchorage has an unemployment rate of 0.18% probably means that there are ample job opportunities for you to consider as it is far below the national average.

      Anchorage real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Anchorage. Median real estate prices in Anchorage come in at $298,000, which is 15.9% higher than the Alaska average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Anchorage, the home price to income ratio is 3.7, which is 5.7% higher than the Alaska average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Anchorage area were 1.2% and 5 year appreciation rates were 1.4%.

      Anchorage transportation information

      Average one way commute19min19min26min
      Workers who drive to work75.3%68.1%76.4%
      Workers who carpool11.9%12.5%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit1.8%1.5%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle1.2%1.0%0.6%
      Workers who walk3.3%7.9%2.8%
      Working from home3.8%4.6%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Anchorage, AK data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).