Anchorage, AK
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Living in Anchorage


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.

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 (15.11%), management occupations (10.98%), and sales jobs (8.41%).

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.

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 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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Anchorage use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Anchorage‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

The education level of Anchorage citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 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.