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 291,538 people and 56 constituent neighborhoods, Anchorage is the largest community in Alaska.
Anchorage is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Anchorage is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Anchorage who work in office and administrative support (12.91%), management occupations (10.39%), and sales jobs (8.85%).
There are many members of the armed forces living in Anchorage. You will notice when you visit or live here that some of the people you meet or see around town are employed by the armed services - even if they are not always in uniform.
Also of interest is that Anchorage has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Anchorage is a popular destination for single career-starters. One thing that you will notice when you are out and about town is that there is a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters out at restaurants, listening to live music, and enjoying other activities. They are a real visible part of the culture of Anchorage. This makes Anchorage a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, Anchorage presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.
Anchorage is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
The education level of Anchorage citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 35.27% of adults in Anchorage have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Anchorage in 2010 was $39,839, which is wealthy relative to Alaska and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $159,356 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 German, Irish, English, Norwegian, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Anchorage is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.