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What it's Like to Retire in ANCHORAGE

Anchorage is by far the largest city in Alaska with a population over 250,000.  Unlike almost any other city or town in Alaska, roads radiate out from Anchorage to nearby communities including the beatiful Kenai Peninsula. Anchorage is close to astounding scenery and outdoor recreation, yet is also a college town (University of Alaska-Anchorage, and Alaska Pacific University).  The downtown is attractive and there are many nice parks throughout the city. It is wild enough that bear and attacks have occured within the city limits.  For most people, the short summers with long periods of daylight are much preferable to the cold and dark winters.


Where to Retire in ANCHORAGE and Home Prices

There are many diverse and popular areas of Anchorage, including the South Anchorage area of Rabbit Creek.
Although Alaska has almost no taxes, in fact it pays you to live here, it remains very expensive. Average home prices were about $325,000 at the end of of 2014 (City-Data). 


What is special about ANCHORAGE

Beautiful scenery and outdoor recreation


What is not special about ANCHORAGE

In Alaska winters are long and dark. Everything is very expensive. And unless you a free spirit, the stubborn independence of many of the locals could get on your nerves.

Who will like retirement in ANCHORAGE

Anchorage is the ideal city for people who love the outdoors and want to live in a livable city.

Local economy is driven by

Retail, Public Administration


Climate and Physical Environment

Anchorage is in the south central part of the state. Its physical environment has everything that anyone could want - mountains, lakes, bays, snow, rivers.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Anchorage has much to do with all types of outdoor recreation, but it also offers museums, cultural events, festivals, restaurants, and entertainment.



Crime in Anchorage is above the national average.

Medical facilities

There are several hospitals and medical centers in Anchorage.



Anchorage is Alaska's transportation hub and both trains and planes provide transportation to the city.  The town also offers public bus transportation.


Valuable Links

Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage on Wikipedia


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Facts about ANCHORAGE
  • State: AK
  • Environment: Urban,Suburban,College Town,Mountain,Coastal,Boating Community,Outdoor Oriented,
  • City Population: 100,001+
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 0 -20
  • Avg July Temperature: 41-60
  • Median HH Income: 60,001-80,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $300,001-$500,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: 4001-6000
  • Total Crime Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Cost of Living Index: 121+ (very high)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: No
  • State Income Tax: No
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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