Anchorage

50 reviews
  1. City in Alaska
B+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Real Estate
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    D-
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$286,600
National
$176,700
Median Rent
$1,172
National
$904
Area Feel
Rural
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    40%
  • Own
    60%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

    Crime & Safety

    Crime & Safety
    C
    Based on violent and property crime rates.
    Violent Crimes
    • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
    National
    • Assault
      566
      264
    • Murder
      4
      5
    • Rape
      130
      37
    • Robbery
      165
      135
    Property Crimes
    • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
    National
    • Burglary
      456
      575
    • Theft
      3,059
      2,114
    • Motor Vehicle Theft
      312
      257

    Residents

    Diversity
    A
    Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
    Median Household Income
    $78,121
    National
    $53,046
    Children
    21%
    Education Levels
    National
    • Master's degree or higher
      12%
      11%
    • Bachelor's degree
      21%
      18%
    • Some college or associate's degree
      36%
      29%
    • High school diploma or equivalent
      23%
      28%
    • Less than high school diploma
      7%
      14%

    Reviews

    50 reviews
    • Excellent
      19
    • Very Good
      21
    • Average
      10
    • Poor
      0
    • Terrible
      0
    Rural? The defining characteristic of Anchorage is that it is the biggest city in Alaska, and therefore the bustling, economic hub. Most live here because of the jobs available. Anchorage is gorgeous, surrounded by mountains and a large body of water called the Inlet. It’s an outdoorsman’s paradise with Chugach State Park and a network of paved trails in town. There really are moose and bears in our backyard. There’s an international airport, a museum, a performing art center, Costco, REI and a large selection of “non-chain” coffee shops, breweries and restaurants. Missed by Niche are all the optional schools. My family’s highly rated school isn’t even listed. The population is diverse, in my opinion, people mingle together more. Its weather is more is temperate, averaging 30’s in winter, 60’s in summer. I would describe the people as outdoorsy, polite, fiscally conservative, socially liberal, educated, and quiet. The quality of life is outstanding here.
    • Current Resident
    • 3 months ago
    Anchorage is a great city with great views and fresh air. It's quick and easy to get out of town as well to hike a mountain, go swimming in a lake, go kayaking, biking, fishing, hunting, or road tripping. There's also snowboarding, skiing, sledding, snow men making, and snowball fights in the winter. The ice sculptures are amazing! Many who live in Anchorage love it.
    • Current Resident
    • 3 months ago
    In Anchorage, I can drive 20 minutes in any direction and be surrounded by the endless beauty of Alaskan nature. The Summer days are long, bright and blanketed by the sun 24 hours a day. Providing many family and vacation opportunities. I love going camping, sitting by a campfire at 2 am and being able to look up at a faintly blue/pink sky. In the Winter months, the days are short, with sunset beginning as early as 3:30 in the afternoon. These days are dark but this is made up by the cold frost that wraps around the trees creating a glistening, white picture of Winter.
    One complaint that I have about Anchorage, is the increase in crime rates. On the cold, dark evenings, I do not always feel safe walking alone. Rent is extremely high in Anchorage and therefore, one may have to compromise safety for affordability. As a college student, I have a limited income. I have been fortunate to find a safe rental, however I must pay high rental rates, proportionally.
    • Current Resident
    • 19 days ago