Anchorage, AK Business Overview

Anchorage's location as an entrance point to the United States makes it a great place for commerce and large industries.

On Tuesday, October 2, 2012 - 12:42
Anchorage AK


Anchorage is dominated by oil services, grocery and general merchandise, medical, transportation, and financial services sectors. In fact, Alaskan oil services rely heavily on Anchorage with more than half of the oil services jobs in Alaska being formed in Anchorage.

The majority of industries included in the top 100 private employers in the state come from Anchorage, making it one of the biggest and best climates for business. Some of these employers include: Providence Health & Services, Walmart/Sam’s Club, BP Exploration Alaska, Alaska Airlines, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union.

The Anchorage area is also home to the most public employees, containing top employers such the Elmendorf Air Force Base and Fort Richardson, Anchorage School District, and Municipality of Anchorage.

Along with the big-industry presence, Anchorage has handful of headquarters, like Carrs/Safeway, and offices for major companies such as ConocoPhillips.

Another benefit to working in Anchorage includes residents not having to pay sales tax as part of the Alaskan law.


The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is the world’s fifth largest cargo airport and serves around 500 million passengers, with major airlines such as Delta, American Airlines and United. Anchorage is also known as “Air Crossroads of the World” due to its strategic location – Anchorage is the first stop when most major airlines enter the United States.

The city also has major roads that run through it, such as the Alaska State Route 1, Glenn Highway and Seward Highway. The average commute time for workers in Anchorage is a little more than 20 minutes. If you’re looking for car-free options, public transportation is provided by People Mover Bus System throughout the city or you can join the Bike Commuters of Anchorage.

See our list of top employers in Anchorage, AK.