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 298,192 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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Anchorage is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 (15.11%), management occupations (10.98%), and sales jobs (8.41%).
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.
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.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Anchorage is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Anchorage area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
The citizens of Anchorage are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 34.30% of adults in Anchorage have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Anchorage in 2010 was $37,864, which is wealthy relative to Alaska and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $151,456 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.