Anchorage, AK
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Anchorage is a large coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Alaska. With a population of 298,695 people and 56 constituent neighborhoods, Anchorage is the largest community in Alaska.

Anchorage real estate is some of the most expensive in Alaska, although Anchorage house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Unlike some cities, Anchorage isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Anchorage are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Anchorage is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Anchorage who work in office and administrative support (15.05%), management occupations (10.79%), and sales jobs (8.81%).

There are quite a few people in the armed forces living in Anchorage, and when you visit or drive around town, you will see military people in and out of uniform, shopping, enjoying life, and being part of the community.

One of the nice things about Anchorage is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

The overall education level of Anchorage citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 33.20% of adults in Anchorage have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Anchorage in 2010 was $36,920, which is wealthy relative to Alaska and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $147,680 for a family of four. However, Anchorage contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Anchorage is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Anchorage home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Anchorage residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Anchorage include Irish, English, Norwegian, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Anchorage is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.