These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Anchorage For 2018


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Anchorage are the best of the best.

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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:

  1. Rabbit Creek
  2. Mid-Hillside
  3. Chugiak
  4. South Addition
  5. Huffman-O’Malley
  6. Tudor Area
  7. Birchwood
  8. Rogers Park
  9. Eagle River Valley
  10. Sand Lake

Read on to see how we determined the places around Anchorage that deserve a little bragging rights.

Or, if you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in Alaska check out the best places in Alaska overall or the worst neighborhoods in Anchorage.

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How do you determine the best 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.

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1. Rabbit Creek

Population: 6,487
Median Income: $148,635
Median Home Value: $493,267

2. Mid-Hillside

Population: 4,748
Median Income: $147,807
Median Home Value: $435,300

3. Chugiak

Population: 4,725
Median Income: $92,164
Median Home Value: $353,275

4. South Addition

Population: 3,708
Median Income: $84,877
Median Home Value: $394,771

5. Huffman-O’Malley

Population: 10,664
Median Income: $151,468
Median Home Value: $397,929

6. Tudor Area

Population: 1,843
Median Income: $86,338
Median Home Value: $338,350

7. Birchwood

Population: 2,117
Median Income: $105,269
Median Home Value: $320,700

8. Rogers Park

Population: 3,375
Median Income: $93,587
Median Home Value: $334,450

9. Eagle River Valley

Population: 11,662
Median Income: $112,756
Median Home Value: $335,257

10. Sand Lake

Population: 20,850
Median Income: $86,728
Median Home Value: $268,022

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:

  1. Midtown
  2. Fairview
  3. Mountain View

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Anchorage

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
Rabbit Creek 1 6,487 $493,267 2,417 3.7%
Mid-Hillside 2 4,748 $435,300 2,417 5.3%
Chugiak 3 4,725 $353,275 4,559 3.3%
South Addition 4 3,708 $394,771 2,417 2.0%
Huffman-O’Malley 5 10,664 $397,929 2,892 2.8%
Tudor Area 6 1,843 $338,350 4,059 3.4%
Birchwood 7 2,117 $320,700 4,912 0.0%
Rogers Park 8 3,375 $334,450 3,967 3.5%
Eagle River Valley 9 11,662 $335,257 4,693 2.5%
Sand Lake 10 20,850 $268,022 5,690 4.2%
Turnagain 11 9,693 $279,485 5,018 2.4%
Eagle River 12 10,235 $278,662 5,710 5.2%
Scenic Foothills 13 9,112 $253,583 5,828 3.0%
Old Seward-Oceanview 14 6,318 $314,540 4,692 3.9%
Bayshore-Klatt 15 8,538 $272,967 5,420 2.4%
Abbott Loop 16 25,934 $267,853 5,755 4.5%
North Star 17 3,460 $219,325 6,380 6.3%
Downtown 18 1,196 $91,175 8,360 12.0%
University Area 19 10,592 $257,967 6,090 5.6%
Northeast 20 27,664 $214,695 6,949 6.7%
Campbell Park 21 8,505 $194,540 6,579 7.5%
Taku-Campbell 22 13,010 $215,125 6,687 4.9%
Airport Heights 23 6,924 $215,157 6,846 4.7%
Russian Jack Park 24 11,648 $189,325 7,705 7.6%
Government Hill 25 1,394 $116,000 8,788 8.9%
Spenard 26 12,108 $192,129 7,334 6.8%
Mountain View 27 7,980 $95,270 9,582 12.0%
Fairview 28 7,272 $163,889 7,497 7.7%
Midtown 29 5,181 $163,767 7,995 9.0%

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