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, 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 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.
For the size of the city, public transportation in Anchorage is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Anchorage, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
The population of Anchorage is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 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.