Anchorage, Alaska - Basic Facts

Anchorage is the common name for the community and surrounding area while the formal official name is the Municipality of Anchorage.

It is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Anchorage Borough at latitude 61.2181 and longitude -149.9003. Anchorage Borough is in the Alaska time zone (GMT -9). The elevation is 102 feet.

The formal boundaries for the Municipality of Anchorage (see map) encompass a land area of 1704.88 sq. miles and a water area of 256.23 sq. miles.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Anchorage: Alaska City, Angits, Brownville, Dgheyay Kaq', Port Woodrow, Qatuk'e'usht, Ship Creek, Tan, Ves Dnaghildeqt, Woodrow.

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Anchorage, AK Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 300,285
Population in Households 291,806
Population in Familes 230,611
Population in Group Qrtrs 8,479
Population Density1 176
Diversity Index2 64


Total Households 110,846
Average Household Size 2.63
Family Households 71,963
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 116,526 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 65,020 (55.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 45,826 (39.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 5,680 ( 4.9%)
Median Home Value $334,269
Average Home Value $377,429


Median Household Income $73,224
Average Household Income $93,649
Per Capita Income $35,296
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


Population 0.67% 0.84%
Households 0.76% 0.9%
Families 0.47% 0.71%
Median Household Income   2.84%
Per Capita Income   3.7%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Anchorage, AK - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Anchorage to the other 354 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Alaska by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable DescriptionRankPercentile
Total Population # 1 100th
Population Density1 # 45 88th
Diversity Index2 # 40 89th
Median Household Income # 35 90th
Per Capita Income # 38 90th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Alaska Census Data Comparison Tool.