These Are The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Alaska For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Alaska have the best set up for singles: no kids, no old people, and a lot to do.

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Are you trying to find love in Alaska?

Or are you just looking to hook up?

Either way, we’ve got you covered here. At least, we’ll point you in the right direction – which is why you came here in the first place, right?

According to the Pew Research Center, the number of Americans who have remained single (not married) is growing. That means, people are dating a lot longer than they used to.

There are many reasons for that, including financial and cultural. And, we suspect smartphones and social media has a lot to do with it, too. After all, we’re all a lot more distracted these days.

If you live in Alaska, there’s a pretty good chance there are a lot of singles in your area. The Last Frontier ranks in the top 10 when it comes to number of people over the age of 18 who aren’t married, or in a serious relationship. That’s great news for people looking for their match.

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

These are the best cities for singles in Alaska. Try not to jump in the car with a dozen roses:

  1. Ketchikan (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Wasilla (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Palmer (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Dillingham (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Bethel (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Fairbanks (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. North Pole (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Kenai (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Barrow (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Kodiak (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each city ranked. If you live in or really close to one of these cities, and you’re single, you should probably get out more often. And stop staring at your phone. Just sayin’.

The most boring place in Alaska? That would be Cordova.

And after you find a mate, you’ll no doubt want to start a family and buy a home right? Don’t forget to check out the best places to live in Alaska or the safest places to live in Alaska.

How do you determine which city is best for singles in Alaska anyways?

To give you the places in Alaska which are best for singles to find one another, 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 single people like.

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

How we crunched the 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 the 2011-2015 American Community Survey Census data produced for the state of Alaska, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Population density
  • % of population that’s male vs. female (closer to a 50-50 ratio is better)
  • % of households with kids
  • Median age
  • Number of unmarried people in each city

We then gave each city a Singles Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for singles to find one another. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 2,000 people. For Alaska, that meant a total of 22 cities.

Read on to see why Ketchikan is the talk of the town while Cordova is probably a bit on the boring side.

1. Ketchikan

Ketchikan, AK

Population: 8,189
Median Age: 38.1
Married households: 39.0%
Households with kids: 28.2%
More on Ketchikan: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Ketchikan is a city in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Alaska, United States, the southeasternmost city in Alaska. With a population at the 2010 census of 8,050, it is the fifth-most populous city in the state, and tenth-most populous community when census-designated places are included.

2. Wasilla

Wasilla, AK

Population: 8,972
Median Age: 33.9
Married households: 44.2%
Households with kids: 37.3%
More on Wasilla: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Wasilla is a city in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, United States and the sixth-largest city in Alaska. It is located on the northern point of Cook Inlet in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley of the southcentral part of the state. The city’s population was 7,831 at the 2010 census. Estimates in 2013 put the population at roughly 8,621. Wasilla is the largest city in the borough and a part of the Anchorage metropolitan area, which had an estimated population of 396,142 in 2013.

3. Palmer

Palmer, AK

Source: Public domain

Population: 6,572
Median Age: 30.4
Married households: 45.7%
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.

4. Dillingham

Dillingham, AK

Source: Public domain

Population: 2,296
Median Age: 31.3
Married households: 39.9%
Households with kids: 41.0%
More on Dillingham: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

5. Bethel

Bethel, AK

Source: Public domain

Population: 6,365
Median Age: 29.2
Married households: 38.8%
Households with kids: 45.9%
More on Bethel: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Bethel is a city located near the west coast of the U.S. state of Alaska, approximately 400 miles west of Anchorage, in the Bethel Census Area. Accessible only by air and river, Bethel is the main port on the Kuskokwim River and is an administrative and transportation hub for the 56 villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

6. Fairbanks

Fairbanks, AK

Population: 32,578
Median Age: 27.7
Married households: 45.2%
Households with kids: 35.8%
More on Fairbanks: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Fairbanks is a home rule city and the borough seat of the Fairbanks North Star Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska.

7. North Pole

North Pole, AK

Population: 2,300
Median Age: 30.0
Married households: 49.2%
Households with kids: 37.1%
More on North Pole: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

The city is a summertime attraction for tourists visiting nearby Fairbanks and, due to its location on the Richardson Highway, those traveling to and from the Alaska Highway and Valdez. North Pole is home to two oil refineries, the town’s major industry aside from tourism. The larger refinery, operated by Flint Hills Resources, is a major source of jet fuel for Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. Tanker car traffic on the Alaska Railroad, entering and leaving the refinery, frequently bisects the city.

8. Kenai

Kenai, AK

Population: 7,551
Median Age: 37.0
Married households: 42.5%
Households with kids: 30.0%
More on Kenai: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Kenai is a city in the Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. The population was 7,100 as of the 2010 census.

9. Barrow

Barrow, AK

Population: 4,316
Median Age: 27.0
Married households: 41.0%
Households with kids: 48.6%
More on Barrow: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

10. Kodiak

Kodiak, AK

Population: 6,272
Median Age: 36.0
Married households: 41.4%
Households with kids: 41.1%
More on Kodiak: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Kodiak 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.

There You Have It – The Best Cities for Singles 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 finding a single person (and potentially love), this is an accurate list.

Here’s a look at the most boring cities in Alaska according to the data:

  1. Cordova
  2. Unalaska
  3. Valdez

For more Alaska reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Alaska

City Rank Population Median Age
Ketchikan 1 8,189 38.1
Wasilla 2 8,972 33.9
Palmer 3 6,572 30.4
Dillingham 4 2,296 31.3
Bethel 5 6,365 29.2
Fairbanks 6 32,578 27.7
North Pole 7 2,300 30.0
Kenai 8 7,551 37.0
Barrow 9 4,316 27.0
Kodiak 10 6,272 36.0
Nome 11 3,782 30.8
Soldotna 12 4,471 36.4
Seward 13 2,714 38.7
Homer 14 5,418 40.4
Sitka 15 8,921 39.1
Wrangell 16 2,401 48.8
Kotzebue 17 3,288 28.8
Houston 18 2,028 36.7
Juneau 19 32,524 37.5
Valdez 20 3,930 34.2
Unalaska 21 4,710 37.5
Cordova 22 3,047 49.3

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