More than 40 percent of Alaska’s entire population lives in Anchorage. And there is a reason why people choose to live in this thriving metropolis of commerce, transportation and tourism.
Because of its size, the economy is very strong here. Anchorage attracts a great deal of businesses and corporate offices including resource extraction companies. The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is considered one of the busiest in the world and the Port of Anchorage receives a big majority of goods headed into the state.
The median home price for Anchorage residents is $286,600 while median household income comes in at a healthy $78,121.
Due to all this activity, residents enjoy plenty of access to culture in performing arts and music, unique dining experiences ranging from fresh seafood to the local favorite “reindeer dogs” and outdoor recreation including salmon fishing, hiking and golf.
The world-famous Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race starts in Anchorage the first Saturday of March and ends nine to 15 days later in Nome, Alaska. Cross-country skiing is also big here.
Even the brutal winter months don’t keep residents inside for long. Alaska’s biggest festival, the Fur Rendezvous – also known as the Fur Rondy – celebrates the cold with the Frostbite Foot Race, sled dog mushing and the Running of the Reindeer.