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. Picture of Anchorage Skyline courtesy of Wikipedia and Frank K, photo of Aerial View Port of Anchorage courtesy of Wikipedia and the US Army Corps of Engineers.
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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. According to Zillow, the median home value was $333,500 at the beginning of 2019.
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.
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.
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