Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Alaska a good place?
The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in Alaska.
Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Last Frontier based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.
So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best pat of Alaska, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 17 counties in the state.
After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Last Frontier for 2018:
- Juneau City and Borough (Photos)
- Sitka City and Borough (Photos)
- Skagway Municipality
- Aleutians West Census Area (Photos)
- Valdez-Cordova Census Area (Photos)
- Haines Borough (Photos)
- Fairbanks North Star Borough (Photos)
- Ketchikan Gateway Borough (Photos)
- Wrangell City and Borough (Photos)
- Kodiak Island Borough (Photos)
Juneau City And Borough is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Alaska. And you might want to avoid Northwest Arctic Borough if you can — at least according to the data.
So if you’re thinking of making the move Alaska, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.
How do you determine which Alaska county is the best?
To give you the best county in Alaska, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a ‘best county’ and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.
We paid particular attention to:
- Violent Crime Rates
- Property Crime Rates
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Unemployment Rates
- Adult Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty Rates
We then ranked each county in Alaska across each of the criteria from one to 17, with one being the best.
Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the ‘Best County To Live In Alaska’.
The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Last Frontier.
Read on to see why Juneau City And Borough is the best county, while Northwest Arctic Borough is probably in contention for being the worst county in Alaska.
Biggest Place: Unalaska
Median Income: $86,964 (2nd best)
Median Home Price: $211,400 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.1% (1st best)
More on Aleutians West Census Area: Photos | Data
Biggest Place: Fairbanks
Median Income: $73,831 (5th best)
Median Home Price: $224,000 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 8.5% (9th best)
More on Fairbanks North Star Borough: Photos | Data
Biggest Place: Ketchikan
Median Income: $64,162 (10th best)
Median Home Price: $257,100 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.6% (8th best)
More on Ketchikan Gateway Borough: Photos | Data
Biggest Place: Wrangell
Median Income: $52,986 (15th best)
Median Home Price: $183,300 (13th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.2% (7th best)
More on Wrangell City And Borough: Photos | Data
There You Have It – The Best Counties In Alaska To Call Home For 2018
It turns out living in Alaska can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?
But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.
Here’s a look at the worst counties in Alaska according to the data:
- Northwest Arctic Borough
- Bethel Census Area
- Nome Census Area
For more Alaska reading, check out:
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Alaska
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Alaska
- 10 Most Diverse Cities In Alaska
- 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Alaska