10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Alaska For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Alaska have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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If you’re like the rest of us, you’re looking for the perfect place for your family. But you have a strict criteria; the city has to be safe, affordable, and stimulating. Basically, the place you move – or even visit – has to be outright perfect.

Is that attainable? Perhaps not, but we’ll get you as close as we can.

Promise.

According to the United States Census, the number of American families who move is trending downwards Why is that? Perhaps it has to do with the ‘safety net’ factor: We get comfortable where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are bad? What if it’s dangerous?

Well, we can pretty much guarantee that if you choose the cities we’re mentioning below, you won’t lose any sleep whatsoever.

So, where are the best cities for families in Alaska? We’ve got the answers here.

These are the best cities to raise a family in the Last Frontier:

  1. Valdez (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Cordova (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Seward (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Palmer (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Wrangell (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Sitka (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Unalaska (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Kodiak (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Soldotna (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Homer (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you’re thinking of making a move to Alaska, and want a family-friendly place, we’ve got you covered. And if you already have kids, we’re surprised you made it this far into the article and hope your little ones give you a couple of more minutes of free time.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out the best places to live in Alaska and, for those of you on a budget, the cheapest places to live in Alaska.

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How do you determine which place is best for families in Alaska anyways?

To give you the places in Alaska which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s family-friendly and what isn’t.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Last Frontier

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Alaska, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 2,000 people. For Alaska, that meant a total of 20 cities.

Read on to see why Valdez is where all the families are headed, while Bethel is probably a place made for singles.

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1. Valdez

Valdez, AK

Population: 3,930
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 41
Closest Major City: Seattle
Households with kids: 30.2%
More on Valdez: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

2. Cordova

Cordova, AK

Source: Public domain

Population: 3,047
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 34
Closest Major City: Seattle
Households with kids: 29.3%
More on Cordova: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

3. Seward

Seward, AK

Source: Public domain

Population: 2,714
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 53
Closest Major City: Seattle
Households with kids: 27.4%
More on Seward: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

4. Palmer

Palmer, AK

Source: Public domain

Population: 6,572
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 60
Closest Major City: Seattle
Households with kids: 37.9%
More on Palmer: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Palmer is a city in and the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. It is part of the Anchorage Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city is 5,937.

5. Wrangell

Wrangell, AK

Source: Public domain

Population: 2,401
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 59
Closest Major City: Seattle
Households with kids: 27.2%
More on Wrangell: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

6. Sitka

Sitka, AK

Population: 8,921
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 60
Closest Major City: Seattle
Households with kids: 29.7%
More on Sitka: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

The City and Borough of Sitka (Tlingit: Sheetká), formerly Novo-Arkhangelsk, or New Archangel under Russian rule (Russian: – or a, t Novoarkhangelsk), is a unified city-borough located on Baranof Island and the southern half of Chichagof Island in the Alexander Archipelago of the Pacific Ocean (part of the Alaska Panhandle), in the U.S. state of Alaska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,881. In terms of land area, it is the largest city-borough in the U.S., with a land area of 2,870.3 square miles (7,434 square kilometres) and a total area (including water area) of 4,811.4 square miles (12,461 square kilometres); however, it is the smallest of Alaska’s boroughs. Urban Sitka, the part that is usually thought of as the ‘city’ of Sitka, is on the west side of Baranof Island.

7. Unalaska

Unalaska, AK

Source: Public domain

Population: 4,710
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 52
Closest Major City: Seattle
Households with kids: 38.9%
More on Unalaska: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

8. Kodiak

Kodiak, AK

Population: 6,272
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 43
Closest Major City: Seattle
Households with kids: 41.1%
More on Kodiak: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Kodiak (Alutiiq: Sun’aq; Russian: , tr. Kadyak) is one of seven communities and the main city on Kodiak Island, Kodiak Island Borough, in the U.S. state of Alaska. All commercial transportation between the entire island and the outside world goes through this city either via ferryboat or airline. The population was 6,130 as of the 2010 census. 2014 estimates put the population at 6,304.

9. Soldotna

Soldotna, AK

Population: 4,471
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 61
Closest Major City: Seattle
Households with kids: 30.2%
More on Soldotna: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

10. Homer

Homer, AK

Population: 5,418
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 60
Closest Major City: Seattle
Households with kids: 27.0%
More on Homer: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. It is two hundred and eighteen miles southwest of Anchorage. According to the 2010 Census, the population is 5,003. Long known as The ‘Halibut Fishing Capital of the World.’ Homer is also nicknamed ‘the end of the road,’ and more recently, ‘the cosmic hamlet by the sea.’

There You Have It – The Best Places To Raise A Family In Alaska

If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in Alaska ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here’s a look at the best cities for singles Alaska according to the data:

  1. Bethel
  2. North Pole
  3. Kotzebue

For more Alaska reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In Alaska

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Valdez 3,930 40
2 Cordova 3,047 46
3 Seward 2,714 40
4 Palmer 6,572 56
5 Wrangell 2,401 47
6 Sitka 8,921 62
7 Unalaska 4,710 56
8 Kodiak 6,272 60
9 Soldotna 4,471 63
10 Homer 5,418 44
11 Ketchikan 8,189 62
12 Dillingham 2,296 60
13 Nome 3,782 53
14 Juneau 32,524 46
15 Wasilla 8,972 37
16 Fairbanks 32,578 48
17 Kenai 7,551 46
18 Kotzebue 3,288 50
19 North Pole 2,300 53
20 Bethel 6,365 58

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