Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Anchorage, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.
Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Anchorage neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?
Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Anchorage are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.
Here are the best neighborhoods in Anchorage for 2018:
- Rabbit Creek (Homes)
- Mid-Hillside (Homes)
- Chugiak (Homes)
- South Addition (Homes)
- Huffman-O’malley (Homes)
- Tudor Area (Homes)
- Birchwood (Homes)
- Rogers Park (Homes)
- Eagle River Valley (Homes)
- Sand Lake (Homes)
Read on to see how we determined the places around Anchorage that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Anchorage.
If you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in Alaska check out:
- 10 Best Places To Live In Alaska
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Alaska
- 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Alaska
How do you determine the top neighborhoods in Anchorage for 2018?
In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Anchorage, we had to determine what criteria defines a ‘best’.
Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:
- High incomes
- Low unemployment rates
- Low crime
- High home prices
- High population densities (A proxy for things to do)
We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.
We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 29 in each category, where 1 was the best.
Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.
And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the ‘Best City Neighborhood In Anchorage.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Rabbit Creek.
Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Anchorage has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.
1. Rabbit Creek
Median Income: $148,635
Median Home Value: $493,267
Median Income: $147,807
Median Home Value: $435,300
Median Income: $92,164
Median Home Value: $353,275
The name ‘Chugiak’ comes from a Dena’ina word meaning ‘place of many places’. Chugiak was first heavily settled in the 1950s, primarily by the homesteading by former military personnel who had served in Alaska during World War II. It is currently one of the main sites of suburban expansion near Anchorage.
More on Chugiak: Real Estate | Data
4. South Addition
Median Income: $84,877
Median Home Value: $394,771
Median Income: $151,468
Median Home Value: $397,929
6. Tudor Area
Median Income: $86,338
Median Home Value: $338,350
Median Income: $105,269
Median Home Value: $320,700
8. Rogers Park
Median Income: $93,587
Median Home Value: $334,450
9. Eagle River Valley
Median Income: $112,756
Median Home Value: $335,257
Eagle River is a community within the Municipality of Anchorage situated on the Eagle River for which it is named, between Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and Chugach State Park in the Chugach Mountains. Its ZIP code is 99577. If Eagle River were not part of the Municipality of Anchorage, it would be classified as one of the five largest cities in Alaska.
More on Eagle River Valley: Real Estate | Data
10. Sand Lake
Median Income: $86,728
Median Home Value: $268,022
In Anchorage, Alaska, Sand Lake is the area surrounding Sand Lake, a stocked lake in the southwest part of the city. It is south of the Ted Stevens International Airport and Lake Spenard. The lake itself is located at 610905N 1495758W and has a surface area of 78 acres. It is one of the few big-city lakes in the world with common and Pacific loon populations. Its shores are mostly privately owned, but a small park to the northeast allows public access. Kayakers, fishermen, picnickers and birdwatchers frequent the area.
More on Sand Lake: Real Estate | Data
Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Anchorage
If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Anchorage where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Anchorage:
- Mountain View
For more reading, check out:
- 10 Safest Places In Alaska
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Alaska
- These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Alaska
Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Anchorage
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