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The Municipality of Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska with a population of 290,509 as of July 1, 2022. 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 61.2181 and longitude -149.9003 in Anchorage Borough. The formal boundaries for the Municipality of Anchorage 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 105 feet.

The Municipality of Anchorage 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.

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, 2022)


Total Population 290,509 (100%)
Population in Households 281,460 (96.9%)
Population in Families 220,031 (75.7%)
Population in Group Quarters1 9,049 ( 3.1%)
Population Density 170
Diversity Index2 71


Median Household Income $85,800
Average Household Income $119,074
% of Income for Mortgage4 21%
Per Capita Income $44,982
Wealth Index5 115


Total HU (Housing Units) 119,606 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 66,022 (55.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 43,274 (36.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 10,310 ( 8.6%)
Median Home Value $336,692
Average Home Value $367,953
Housing Affordability Index3 108


Total Households 109,296
Average Household Size 2.58
Family Households 68,850
Average Family Size 3.00
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2020-2022 2022-2027
Population -0.11% -0.23%
Households -0.02% -0.17%
Families   -0.29%
Median Household Income   2.54%
Per Capita Income   2.58%
Owner Occupied HU   0.15%

Anchorage, AK - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Anchorage to the other 353 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Alaska by rank and percentile using July 1, 2022 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 Density # 53 85th
Median Household Income # 17 95th
Housing Affordability Index # 198 56th
Per Capita Income # 31 92nd
Diversity Index # 12 97th

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