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Anchorage, Alaska - Basic Facts

The Municipality of Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska with a population of 303,152 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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, 2017)


Total Population 303,152
Daytime Population: Workers 169,776
Daytime Population: Residents 144,552
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 314,328
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.04
Population in Households 294,962
Population in Familes 231,843
Population in Group Qrtrs 8,190
Population Density2 178
Diversity Index3 65


Median Household Income $79,128
Average Household Income $101,593
Per Capita Income $37,932


Total Housing Units 116,670 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 64,762 (55.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 45,998 (39.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 5,910 ( 5.1%)
Median Home Value $305,180
Average Home Value $342,075


Total Households 110,760
Average Household Size 2.66
Family Households 71,647
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.53% 0.41%
Households 0.43% 0.35%
Families 0.21% 0.2%
Median Household Income   1.65%
Per Capita Income   2.1%

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, 2017 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 # 47 87th
Diversity Index # 31 92nd
Median Household Income # 28 92nd
Per Capita Income # 36 90th

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