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 294,356 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 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 (15.75%), management occupations (10.82%), and sales jobs (8.59%).

Anchorage is home to a number of people employed in the armed forces. When you visit or walk around Anchorage, some of the people you will bump into will be military people In and out of uniform, jogging, shopping and generally out and about town.

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 one of the most attractive larger cities for people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although Anchorage is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.

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%): 34.57% of adults in Anchorage have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Anchorage in 2010 was $38,977, which is wealthy relative to Alaska and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $155,908 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.