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Anchorage, Alaska - Basic Facts

The Municipality of Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska with a population of 305,439 as of July 1, 2016. Anchorage ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Alaska. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Anchorage is located at latitude 61.1743 and longitude -149.2843 in Anchorage Borough. The formal boundaries for the Municipality of Anchorage (see map below) encompass a land area of 1704.88 sq. miles and a water area of 256.23 sq. miles. Anchorage Borough is in the Alaska time zone (GMT -9). The elevation is 102 feet.

The Municipality of Anchorage (GNIS ID: 2419025) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Municipality of Anchorage is located within the Anchorage Census Subarea of Anchorage Borough. Census subareas are statistical subdivisions of the county equivalents used in Alaska (boroughs, city and boroughs, municipalities, and census areas) and are the statistical equivalent of Micro Civil Divisions (MCDs) used in other states.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Anchorage population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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, 2016)


Total Population 305,439
Population in Households 296,533
Population in Familes 232,972
Population in Group Qrtrs 8,906
Population Density1 179
Diversity Index2 65


Total Households 111,044
Average Household Size 2.67
Family Households 72,119
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 117,001 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 63,974 (54.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 47,070 (40.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 5,957 ( 5.1%)
Median Home Value $310,960
Average Home Value $345,265


Median Household Income $77,934
Average Household Income $99,274
Per Capita Income $36,970
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.73% 0.55%
Households 0.55% 0.44%
Families 0.35% 0.32%
Median Household Income   1.95%
Per Capita Income   1.33%
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, 2016 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 Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 1 100th
Population Density1 # 45 88th
Diversity Index2 # 31 91st
Median Household Income # 32 91st
Per Capita Income # 40 89th

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